Science Research Programme (SRP)

Aim

The aim of the SRP is to provide selected science students in Junior College (JC) Year 1 or Integrated Programme (IP) Year 5, who have demonstrated interest in and aptitude for scientific research, the opportunity to participate in research projects in Life/Medical Sciences, Chemical/Physical Sciences and/or Engineering under the guidance of scientists and engineers from NUS and established research centres.

Objective

  • To encourage students to undertake research projects in a scientific and technological community;
  • To promote an early appreciation of the content, methods, culture and ethos of research through immersion in the process of scientific inquiry; and
  • To enable students to engage actively in research by carrying out substantial parts of the research independently and responsibly.

Programme Description

  • Timeframe of the SRP
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  • Admission Criteria

    Interested JC1 H2 and IP Year 5 science students should first register to sit an aptitude test and apply for participation in the Research Methods Module (RMM) conducted in April. The shortlisting criteria for participation in the RMM include: (a) above-average performance in the aptitude test; (b) demonstrated interest in scientific research-related activities in Secondary School; and (c) JC/School Principal's recommendation.

    The RMM equips students with specific research skills, and introduces students to the library resources and current R&D available in participating departments/research centres. A student who intends to proceed to SRP then identifies and matches a self-selected research topic with that of the prospective faculty research mentor or H3 supervisor, conducts a background literature search, and formulates a viable research plan. 

    On completion of the RMM, attendance at the Science Research Congress in April/May and acceptance of the approved research plan by a research mentor or an H3 supervisor, the students will be admitted to the SRP. SRPians can offer their research projects either as a form of enrichment or as a H3 subject.

    Of the annual intake of around 130 each year, close to 110 RMM students with approved research plans choose to continue with the Mentorship Attachment component of the SRP.

  • Mentorship Attachment

    The mentorship attachment commences in May/June, during which the students spend at least 2 weeks working full-time on their research projects.

    Thereafter, the students meet with their mentors or supervisors on a regular basis to complete the research work. Every SRPian writes a scientific paper at the end of the attachment. The papers are published as the Proceedings of the Science Research Congress.

  • Science Research Congress

    The H3-SRPians present their findings through an oral defence in February/March and the Enrichment-SRPians, a poster presentation at the annual Science Research Congress in April/May. A panel of assessors/judges comprising faculty staff assesses the oral defence/poster presentation. On the successful completion of the research project, Certificates of Participation in the SRP will be presented to the SRPians at the Congress.

  • Organisation

    The SRP is a joint collaboration between the Science Faculty of the National University of Singapore and the Gifted Education Branch of the Ministry of Education. The SRP is sponsored by Shaw Foundation & Lee Foundation.

Target Group

All JC1 H2 and IP Year 5 science students who have interest in and aptitude for scientific research

Useful Links

For more information on the SRP, please visit the following websites: