Omar Arafat, Cohort 7
In July, KGSP student Omar Arafat completed his summer internship in New Mexico at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, or LANL. As a United States Department of Energy national laboratory, selection for LANL student internships is very competitive and limited to students with a diverse background and significant academic promise. As a sophomore Chemistry major at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Omar excels in his coursework and serves as a positive role model to other students as an International Student Ambassador for the Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars.
KGSP’s commitment to providing meaningful enrichment opportunities tailored to individual student needs, talents and professional goals differentiates the Scholarship from other programs of its kind. KGSP students benefit from participating in at least two such activities each year—one in the summer, and one during the regular academic term. Summer enrichment activities include academic research at the home university, specialized research and enrichment programming at a visiting institution, industrial internships, and summer research placements with a KAUST faculty member on campus. Additional opportunities available throughout the year include attendance at conferences, seminars, short courses, training, as well as additional engagement activities with KAUST faculty and leadership. In 2016/17 academic year, over 90 percent of all undergraduates participated in such activities.