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Student Spotlights

i-FssKLpJ-XLKhaled Alqahtani, a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley, joined the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Student Committee (BAMPFA-SC).  The student organization seeks to inspire imagination and community engagement through artistic expression.  Although majoring in Biological Sciences, Khaled wanted to pursue his passion for the arts, but also cultivate new skills and expertise that can be utilized for his personal growth and professional development.   In his position, he organizes BAMPFA events on campus, and writes bimonthly articles for the organization’s website.  Khaled believes that BAMPFA is perfect for him to improve his writing skill and aligns with his aspirations of becoming a science journalist.

AhmedAhmed Alsaggaff, a senior majoring in Biology at the University of California, San Diego, attended the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) in San Diego.  Sponsored by the Advancing Earth and Space Science (AGU), the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), and The Oceanography Society (TOS), the OSM is the flagship conference for the ocean science  community to discuss contemporary solutions to environmental challenges and share scientific breakthroughs.

With over 5,000 industry professional from 60 countries, Ahmed enjoyed attending the many informative presentations, and talking with the scientists about their discoveries. He believed that his attendance would improve his research skills and provide more insight to his interest in Marine Science, especially as it reinforced what he learned from his classes, his research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and his summer enrichment at KAUST.


KGSP students represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s future scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and thought-leaders. As both individuals and as a community, they reflect the KAUST mission of driving scientific discovery through excellence in education and cutting-edge research, and share a commitment to fostering innovation, economic development, and social prosperity throughout the Kingdom and the world.  


Selection to the KGSP is extremely competitive, and currently by invitation only. Successful applicants are Saudi Arabian students in their final year of high school who demonstrate impressive academic credentials within STEM fields, meaningful extra-curricular achievements, and who share the KAUST ethos of continuous discovery.  Learn more here.


The KGSP is administered by the Office of Strategic National Advancement at KAUST, under the direction of Vice President & Senior Associate to the President, Dr. Najah Ashry. Strategic National Advancement directs the university's strategy to serve Saudi Arabia's transformational priorities: Through initiatives in young talent and Saudi workforce development, social responsibility, and national engagement, the Office contributes to a thriving innovation ecosystem by building knowledge capacity, creating opportunities, and strengthening impact.