Can a teacher's performance on an economic game help researchers to understand how she will perform in the classroom? Petrus Bosa Layarda (NYUAD '15), who is majoring in economics, spent last summer working on a project that aims to answer this question. The project is sponsored by Ras Al Khaimah's Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, and is led by NYUAD Assistant Professor of Economics Chetan Dave.
Layarda chose to spend last summer in the UAE working with Dave and the Al Qasimi Foundation because of the internship's high level of responsibility. "I knew that I'd have the opportunity to be involved in the whole process. Not just doing data collection — but actually being involved in the experiments, preparing the experiments, and running the experiments."
Layarda spent eight weeks with the Foundation and when he wasn't working on experiments, he honed his research and writing skills. A typical non-experiment day would consist of reading literature relevant to the field and compiling annotated bibliographies. He also contributed to formal literature reviews.
"Everything I did intensively for those eight weeks in Ras Al Khaimah will be extremely useful when I begin my senior Capstone project. I now have experience reading academic articles, I'm comfortable writing reviews of relevant literature, and I understand where researchers in the field disagree," Layarda said.
And his experience this past summer may lead to further work after he graduates from NYUAD. "Being involved in a real, onsite research project allowed me to put all the ideas that we learn about in the classroom into practice," Layarda explained. "Working with Professor Dave and the researchers at the Foundation encouraged me to consider a career in research."
Moreover, Layarda's experience wasn't just about academics. "Working in Ras Al Khaimah, I got to see what the UAE is like outside of Abu Dhabi and Dubai," he said. "Ras Al Khaimah is smaller than Abu Dhabi, which made it easier for me to interact with members of the community."
- Internships open doors to 'hidden' UAE for overseas students (The National)
- The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research website
This article originally appeared in NYUAD's 2013-14 Research Report (13MB PDF).