The Director, Centre for Undergraduate Research (CUR) University of Abuja, Dr Taibat Adebukola Atoyebi has said the university has spent over 10 million naira as research grants for undergraduate students in three years.
Dr Atoyebi who made this known at the university’s third undergraduate research day on Wednesday said with the university aims to key into the quadruple helix model of Academics, government, industry and society to foster growth the society by investing in undergraduate students.
She said, “10 students got N3,772,000 at the third edition. This is the first time we are having 10 researchers presenting their proposals and we have almost 50 people that indicated interest before we arrived at 10. Over 10,000,000 million for research grant s giving to undergraduate students.”
“We are calling on the private sectors to come into our activities so that they can help promote our research. This result will also be published in journals,” she said adding that students are more innovative as undergraduates.
The Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies University of Abuja, Professor Ukertor Gabriel Moti who was the guest speaker urged students to be creative and innovative in their researches to enhance Nigeria’s economic development.
While delivering a paper themed, “Research and mentorship a pathway to economic growth,” prof Moti called on students to find viable solutions to the nation’s predicament.
He said creativity and innovation are key to any research adding that students should be able to bring new solutions or methods of doing things in the society through their research.
“Your research must be able to be used by industries, businesses where it can lead to a change of attitude, so those in social sciences,” he said.
He said any student researcher willing to make impact should be able to discuss and put out their research findings.
“Ensure you discus your research findings, put it on the web let others critique it, share with it other stakeholders and exhibit it everywhere you find opportunities. Don’t be ashamed whenever you’re being critique it enhances your knowledge,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Abdul-Rasheed Na,Allah who was represented by the chairman of the university’s research council Prof Baba Yusuf Abubakar said the key of the programme was to expose the students to research and development early.
Three students presented thier findings including Ochem Uzochukwu Michael that researched depression and academic performance among human and veterinary medical students of university of Abuja.
Writing by Daniel Adejo