“As a child, I was fascinated by rainbows. I later learned that physics – and optics in particular – can help me understand these beautiful arcs of color. I realized that I could both satisfy my curiosity and do useful experiments with optics. ” Marie Abboud says. Today she uses imaging techniques to study processes relevant to winemaking, fruit ripening, fermentation, dental technology, and other applications.

Hadil Abualrob was lured by the most basic question: where does the universe come from? “To find the answer, the smallest constituents of matter have to be examined,” she says, which led her to work on particle accelerators. She is now working on founding the first group to study accelerator physics in Palestine.

“I’ve been inspired by the sun, moon, stars, and galaxies since I was a kid,” she says Anisa Qamarawho studies plasma – the state of most of the visible matter in the cosmos.

Hoda Abou Shady chose nuclear physics, motivated by a desire to develop sustainable energy sources for Egypt. “It is important to me to improve people’s lives,” she says. Following this spirit, she recently became a member of the Egyptian Presidential Advisory Board for Education and Scientific Research.


A chemistry degree at the University of the United Arab Emirates in Al Ain is mainly attended by female students.


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