Welcoming Cohort 8

Welcoming Cohort 8

Welcoming New KGSP Students
The KAUST Gifted Student Program is proud to welcome its eighth cohort of new students!  In the most competitive application process to date, eighty-three top-performing recent high school graduates were selected from across Saudi Arabia to join the KGSP; of these, 67 will attend Foundation Year Programs while 16 will be matriculate directly as undergraduate students.
Pre-Departure Orientation
In July 2016, Cohort 8 students attended orientation programing on KAUST’s campus, welcoming them into the community of scholars to which they are now members. 
Held each year for all new students, the KGSP Pre-Departure Orientation is a two-day event designed to familiarize new admits with the KGSP structure and benefits, while also preparing them for relocation to the United States and the start of academic programs. The Event also provides information on strategies for academic and personal success in the U.S., offering a forum in which new students may engage with each other and learn from the experiences of current KGSP students, the advising staff, and KAUST faculty.
The PDO was honored to welcome many distinguished speakers from the KAUST community, including Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance Mr. Nadhmi Al Nasr, as well as Dean of Graduate Affairs Dr. Brian Moran.


Students attended workshops with former and current KGSP students…


…as well as presentations from KGSP advisors and KAUST staff. 


KAUST faculty members presented areas of their research at a poster fair, allowing students a glimpse of where their studies could take them—at KAUST and beyond.  Students also visited a selection of KAUST’s Core Labs, including the Visualization, Imaging and Characterization Lab and the Nanofabrication Lab.  Both events were excellent opportunities for students to get to know the faculty and researchers with whom they will work as KGSP and later as KAUST graduate students.



Dr. Najah Ashry, Vice President of Saudi Initiatives, closed the Event by welcoming new students on this first step of their journey with the KAUST, and encouraging them to take advantage of the extensive resources available for success.
“Thank you KGSP team for a wonderful program! I am looking forward to seeing you all again!”
-Ahmed Alsaggaf, UG UCSD
U.S. Arrivals
New students will all arrive in the United States between mid-August and early September, met at the airport by KGSP staff who will help settle them into their new surroundings before providing another orientation.   These on-site and intensive arrival orientations focus on the specific program and services at the given location.  During this time students also get to better know their individual KGSP advisor, who will be working closely with them throughout the entire year.
This year, Foundation Year Programs will take place at five universities:
·         Boston University
·         University of California, Berkeley
·         University of Pennsylvania
·         University of Texas at Austin
·         University of Washington
Foundation Year students will take preparatory coursework in STEM fields and English, in addition to focusing on study skills, time management, cultural immersion, and community involvement. They will also work hard to prepare college applications, while learning how to be successful undergraduates, both academically and personally. 
Students matriculating directly as undergraduates will attend a variety of top-ranked U.S. universities including New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Los Angeles, to begin studies in such majors as biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science. 
We wish all Cohort 8 students success in the coming 2016-2017 academic year and throughout their KGSP experience!