Press Releases

May 20, 2016

Singapore’s Young Research Talents go Global at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2016

1. The Ministry of Education (MOE), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Science Centre Singapore congratulate the Singapore Team on their performance at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2016 held in Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America (USA) from 7 to 13 May 2016.

2. The Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science fair held annually to provide a platform for top science and engineering talents of different nationalities to showcase their projects. The Singapore team submitted four individual projects and two team projects this year and achieved commendable results at the fair (Refer to Annex A for details of the projects).

3. Three students from National Junior College bagged various awards for their research efforts. They are:

  • Wang Yuhang, who studied how a thin film of nickel oxy-hydroxide could degrade carcinogenic dyes which could be present in industrial wastewater. His method is low cost and effective in reducing the harmful by-products of the process, unlike conventional methods. For his effort, Yuhang was awarded the Third Award in the Chemistry category and the King Abdul Aziz & his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity Award. On his Intel ISEF experience, Yuhang said: “It has been an inspiring experience and I am deeply impressed by the passion of participants from around the world. I am truly humbled by their love for science and their perseverance.”
  • Jia Shuyi, who won the Fourth Award in the Chemistry category, found three new approaches to immobilize glycans onto silicon substrates which are important in the identification of bacteria and viruses. This ultimately results in more sensitive diagnosis and cheaper treatment of infectious diseases. On his Intel ISEF experience, Shuyi said “I had the chance to meet great young researchers, whose amazing projects all have the potential to change the world. Their passion for science and the will to make the world a better place never failed to inspire me.”
  • Sim Yu Ki who studied how lateral flow biosensors could be used as a point-of-care kit to diagnose the presence of flaviviruses such as those that spread dengue and zika. Her biosensor allows for detection of the virus much earlier and does not require expensive laboratory equipment for analysis as compared to conventional methods. For her research, Yu Ki received the USAID Global Development Innovation Honourable Mention Award.

4. Other students of the Singapore delegation who participated in this prestigious international platform were:

Student name

School

Category of participation

Samuel Leong Chee Weng

Hwa Chong Institution

Embedded Systems

(individual)

Clara Keng Hui Lin

Raffles Institution

Materials Science

(team)

Chow Kit Mun

River Valley High School

Foong Yan Kai Brandon

NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

Environmental Engineering (team)

Huang Weiqi Victor

5. The Singapore Team was chosen from the top awardees in the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) held in March this year. SSEF is a national competition jointly organised by MOE, A*STAR and Science Centre Singapore. The Singapore Team was led by Mr Benjamin Choo (Curriculum Planning and Development, MOE).