Science Research & Enrichment Programme

SCIENCE RESEARCH PROGRAMME (SRP) 2021/22

ORGANISATION

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); and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

 

 

OBJECTIVE

The main objective of the Programme is to give selected first-year Junior College/Year 5 Integrated Programme students who have demonstrated interest and aptitude for scientific research, the opportunity to be in a mentorship and undertake research projects in a scientific and technological community, acquiring critical inquiry and research competencies, and desirable dispositions of practitioners in the scientific field.

 

 

PROGRAMME

The Programme comprises 2 parts:

  • Mentorship Attachment
  • Science Research Congress

 

The Mentorship Attachment offers students the opportunity to work on research projects in Life/Medical Sciences, Chemical/Physical Sciences, and Engineering under the guidance of mentors from NUS and other 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 34th Science Research Congress.

 

The Science Research Congress which will be  held in April 2022 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 2021/22 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 2022 and take part in an oral defence in late February 2022.

 

 

 

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Interested eligible JC1 H2 and Year 5 IP science students should first apply to participate in the Research Methods Module (RMM).

 

Shortlisting criteria for participation in RMM

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

  • Strong academic performance;
  • Interest demonstrated in scientific research-related activities in Secondary School; and
  • JC or IP School Principal’s recommendation.

 

Admission criteria to SRP 2021/22

The admission criteria include:

  • Successful completion of Research Methods Module (RMM),
  • Attendance at the 33rd Science Research Congress (online), and
  • Acceptance of an approved Research Plan by a mentor.

 

 

RESEARCH METHODS MODULE (RMM)

The RMM will be accessible online during the first two weeks in April. Students are introduced to the library resources available on-campus, basic laboratory safety, ethics in research and gain some insights into the current R&D available in participating departments/research centres in NUS.  Students who intend to proceed to SRP 2021/22 then identify a self-selected research topic, perform background literature search and formulate a viable research plan.

 

On completion of the RMM and attendance at the 33rd Research Congress, students interested to proceed with the Mentorship Attachment and Science Research Congress may then submit a Research Plan to a prospective mentor and apply for admission to SRP 2021/22 in May.  On acceptance of the Research Plan approved by either a H3-SRP supervisor or an Enrichment-SRP mentor, they qualify as participants of the SRP 2021/22.

 

 

TIME FRAME FOR RMM

1 -14 Apr ‘21                  Complete the Research Methods Module (RMM)

28 Apr ‘21                      Attend 33rd Science Research Congress

 

TIME FRAME FOR SRP 2020/21

By early May ‘21            Apply for SRP 2021/22

1 – 25 Jun ‘21                Attend at least 2-week Full-time Attachment during the vacation

Jun – Nov ‘21                 Work on research projects

Mid Aug ‘21                    Register H3-Science Research projects (if applicable)

Mid Jan ‘22                    Submit H3- and Enrichment-SRP scientific papers & abstracts

Late Feb ‘22                   Oral Defence by H3-SRPians 2021/22

Late Apr ‘22                   Poster Presentations by Enrichment-SRPians 2021/22 at the 34th Science Research Congress

 

 

 

SHORTLISTING CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATING IN RMM

 

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

 

Interested students please first sign up through this form (https://form.gov.sg/#!/600e668fd9037900111b588e) by 10 February (Wednesday) 12 noon. Successful applicants will be contacted by Mrs Teo (Physics Department) to update you on further application details.