Science Research & Enrichment Programme

Science Research Programme (SRP) 2020/21


The Science Research Programme (SRP) was established in 1988 by the Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore (NUS) in collaboration with the Gifted Education Branch, Ministry of Education.  In the current cycle, mentors for the Programme come from the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Science, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering, and Residential College 4; A*STAR’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), NanoBio Lab; Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI); Defence Science Organisation (DSO); Dunman High School; Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS); National Technological University (NTU); Raffles Science Institute (RSI); Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).


The main objective of the Programme is to give selected first-year Junior College/Year 5 Integrated Programme science students who have demonstrated interest and aptitude for scientific research, the opportunity to undertake research projects in a scientific and technological community.  It enables them to engage actively in research by carrying out substantial parts of the research independently and responsibly.   


The Programme comprises 2 parts:

  • Mentorship Attachment
  • Science Research Congress

The Mentorship Attachment offers students the chance to work on research projects in Life/Medical Sciences, Chemical/Physical Sciences, and Engineering under the guidance of mentors from NUS and established research centres. Students work in a real-world research environment.

During the mentorship attachment in May/June, the student spends at least 2 weeks working full-time on the research project.

Thereafter, the student meets with the mentor on a regular basis to complete the research work.  Every student writes a scientific paper at the end of the Attachment. The papers will be published as Proceedings of the 33rd Science Research Congress.

The Science Research Congress to be held in April 2021 offers students an opportunity to communicate their research findings to an audience of mentors and interested JC students.  On the successful completion of the Attachment, certificates of participation in the SRP 2020/21 will be presented to the students at the Congress.

Since 2006, the student in the SRP may submit his/her research project for assessment as a H3 subject.  Students offering H3-SRP would have to submit their scientific papers for H3 assessment in January 2021 and take part in an oral defence in late February 2021.


Interested eligible JC1 H2 and Year 5 IP science students should first register to sit an Aptitude Test and apply for participation in the Research Methods Module (RMM).

Admission to SRP 2020/21 will only take place in May. The admission criteria include:

  • Successful completion of Research Methods Module (RMM),
  • Attendance at the 32nd Science Research Congress, and
  • Acceptance of an approved Research Plan by a mentor.

More details will be updated once they are made available.


About 100 to 120 students will be shortlisted for participation in the RMM based on:

  • performance in the Aptitude Test;
  • demonstrated interest in scientific research-related activities in Secondary School; and
  • JC or IP School Principal’s recommendation.


Interested students must meet the following criteria:

Criteria H3-SRP Enrichment-SRP
Raw L1R5 8 or better 10 or better
English Language At least A2 At least B3
Pure Science subjects At least A2 NA


Sign up options will be made available at a later date.