Singapore’s young research talents excel at the virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2021

Published Date: 03 June 2021 11:00 AM

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1. Ten Singapore students competed against more than 1,800 youths from over 75 countries, regions and territories at the virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2021. Regeneron ISEF is one of the world's largest annual pre-college science fairs that provides a platform for top science and engineering talents to showcase their projects. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the fair was conducted virtually. Comprising two components, the competition segment was held from 3 to 6 May, while the official Regeneron ISEF events1 were conducted from 16 to 21 May2.

2. Our students demonstrated their keen ability to grasp and apply scientific concepts to provide innovative solutions that tackle real-world challenges. They also exchanged insights with young scientists from all over the world and gained valuable experience. The Ministry of Education (MOE), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and Science Centre Singapore congratulate them on their commendable performance.

3. The team, comprising the top awardees in the 2021 Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF)3, submitted four individual projects and two team projects and bagged a total of seven awards (details in Annex A):

Full Title of Award Students Project
2nd Award in the Animal Sciences Category Celyn Chng, Tay Li Ann, and Low Iing from Raffles Institution Research on the supplementation of Lactobacillus casei to reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease
4th Award in the Chemistry Category Lim Dillion, Bryan Lee Chong Han, and Ho Shanley from Hwa Chong Institution Research on making tungstate wires to remove common pollutants from water in a more environmentally-friendly way
4th Award in the Chemistry Category

Special Award from Raytheon Technologies

Special Award from Arizona State University’s (ASU) Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service
Shen Lingbo from National Junior College Research on a new method to produce a porous copper for better cooling systems in electronic devices
4th Award in the Robotics and Intelligent Machines Category Nathaniel Tan Xin Rui from Raffles Institution Research on using computer vision and machine learning to detect lies in high-stakes situations
4th Award in the Biomedical Engineering Category Huang Huiyan from Hwa Chong Institution Research on optimising the synthesis of silver nanowires to develop better strain sensors for health monitoring

  1. The events included panel discussions with experts and a STEM career hall.

  2. The competition results were released on 21 May (Eastern Time) during the virtual Grand Awards Ceremony.

  3. SSEF was held in March 2021. It is a national competition jointly organised by MOE, A*STAR and Science Centre Singapore.

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