FEATURES AND EVENTS
KGSP community comes together for 2019 Convocation and Engagement event
Since its inception in 2008, the KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP) has provided talented Saudi high school graduates with the guidance and opportunities critical to their success as undergraduates at premier institutions in the U.S. The skills and perspectives gained prepare these students to succeed in graduate studies at KAUST and foster their future contributions to the cultural and intellectual makeup of the University and the Kingdom. From January 18 to 20, KGSP students joined members of the University’s faculty and leadership to celebrate the program’s annual Convocation, held this year in Orlando, Florida. The event, which drew over 500 attendees, 20
provided students with a plethora of opportunities to learn more about the University’s latest innovations and research and to interact directly with KAUST faculty members. Over the course of three days, students participated in a wide range of developmental and educational training sessions— all aimed at strengthening the academic foundation for their future graduate studies. In addition to keynote addresses from KAUST President Tony Chan and David Keyes, director of the University’s Extreme Computing Research Center and senior associate to the President of KAUST, highlights at this year’s Convocation included several “Sci-Cafés” presented by members of the University’s
three divisions; a faculty research fair; student-led seminars; an engineering competition; program breakout presentations; and faculty mentorship meetings. The event concluded with a ceremony celebrating the achievements of KGSP seniors who will complete their undergraduate studies this spring and a rousing speech from Dr. Najah Ashry, KAUST vice president of Saudi Affairs, highlighting the far-reaching impact of KGSP students at KAUST and beyond. Several KGSP students who attended the 2019 Convocation event reflected on their experience in Orlando and shared what the KGSP means to them.