Zewail City Students Win Biotechnology Competition

For the second time in a row, University of Science and Technology students achieved the first place in the Science Operations Leaders in Egypt (SOLE) competition which took place September 12, 2015 at the Faculty of Agriculture, Ain Shams University.

The team comprised of biomedical sciences majors Sarah Alaa, Ahmed Alkashef, Toqa Osama, Zainab Ragab, Reham Reda, Dalia Tareq, and Bishoy Wadie.

Dr. Ayman El-Shibiny, associate professor of biomedical sciences at Zewail City and the team supervisor, expressed how proud he is with the academic level the team showed during the competition. “Even though we don’t have a biotechnology major at the university, our students managed to outperform the other teams,” said El-Shibiny.

The universities that joined the second season of the competition this year were, the German University in Cairo (GUC), Modern Sciences and Arts University (MSA), Mansoura University, Al-Azhar University, Ain Shams University, and Cairo University. After winning two single elimination rounds, Zewail City students and MSA University students faced off for the first place of the competition.

Sarah Alaa, one of the team members, highlighted that the biggest concern the team had was to keep their first place. “The competition level was higher than last season and we were competing with senior biotechnology students; the thing that made us feel more proud about our win,” said Alaa.

Ahmed Alkashef, another team member, gushed about how SOLE provides insights to the undergraduate biotechnology community. “Sole gives us an opportunity to network with undergraduates in the biotechnology field and get introduced to their research projects,” commented Alkashef.

SOLE is an annual biotechnology competition for undergraduates that tests their knowledge and encourage them to pick interest in the biotechnology field and its many applications.