AUC will host it's first Research Day on March 30

Research Day

All members of the AUC community celebrated the research, innovation, scholarship and creativity with a day of posters and presentations on March 30, 2016. 

The event was held at AUC New Cairo in the following locations

  • Bassily Auditorium
  • Moataz Al Alfi Hall
  • Larry H. Hyde Terrace (terrace behind Moataz Al Alfi Hall)
  • Abla Leheta '69 and Souhail El-Taji El-Farouki '68 Courtyard (Campus Center)

Highlights of the day included a keynote address by HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, in addition to poster and pitch competitions for both students and faculty members. 

The goal of Research Day is to showcase the full range of the impressive work has been done by undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty at AUC. This is to encourage and foster research from various departments and all schools, recognize excellence and help raise awareness. 

Awards were given for the most outstanding poster presentations and for the best pitches.  

  • The poster session featured posters that highlighted the diversity and excellence of research conducted by AUC students.
  • Faculty contributed to the poster session but they were not included in the poster competition.
  • Nominated students received instructions on poster specifications and procedures. 

For the two-minute pitch presentations, a single static PowerPoint slide was shown as the faculty had only two minutes to successfully pitch a new product, idea or invention to a panel of judges.  The pitch competition was designed to disseminate faculty work and ideas to the general public.



HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal, Chairman of The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies









Winners of the First AUC Research Day

At the first AUC Research Day, 14 students and seven faculty members were awarded with a cash prize and certificate for the best outstanding research. President Ad Interim Thomas E. Thomason and His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal awarded the winners of the faculty pitch competition and the top undergraduate and graduate students in the poster competition. Provost Sherif Sedky gave the closing remarks, recognizing the first AUC Research Day as a step towards the future success and collaboration of AUC researchers.

The Middle East Today: Future Directions

HRH Prince Turk Al Faisal gave a speech on the uprisings and civil conflict that have taken place over recent years in the region. His speech gave a long overview of the causes to the current regional crisis, which have brought instability and wide-scale violence. He acknowledged Egypt plays an important role in the future direction of the Middle East. On a broader level, he stressed the importance of the region to face its current political and economic challenges, and develop goals that attend to the needs and ambitions of society.