[Media Coverage] Young Scientists’ Symposium 2016: Singapore


This article is a media coverage of Young Scientists’ Symposium 2016 which took place in Singapore on 10 March 2016.

Young Scientists'Symposium 2016
Photo credits: Dr Chiradip Chatterjee

On Thursday morning on the 10th of March 2016, students decked out in crisp formal attire armed with posters streamed into Science Centre Singapore to attend the exciting Young Scientist Symposium 2016.

In the Marquee, there is much bustling about as the first batch of students mount their posters while others recite their presentation lines among themselves like a mantra.

The Young Scientists’ Symposium is an annual event; this year it was jointly organized by the Singapore Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SSBMB) and Science Centre Singapore, sponsored by Lee Foundation and Yakult.

Student representatives from all 5 polytechnics in Singapore gathered to present their research projects; the projects that were done throughout their internship or as a part of their Final Year Project. The calibre of their research projects were unarguably impressive to say the least. Most of the students collaborated with a variety of big name players in the industry as well as well-known academic institutes including NUS, A*STAR and even Glasgow university. They braced the steep learning curve and experienced working in an unfamiliar lab in order to complete their project.

One of the students interviewed from Temasek Polytechnic revealed he spent roughly about 6 months on the project, including the design of the poster which was completed during his internship. A tag team from Republic Polytechnic completed their research project within a similar time frame, however their project was completed as part of their Final Year Project.

Besides presentations from the students, there were excellent talks throughout the event.

One of the talks by Dr William Burkholder (IMCB, A*STAR) was rather intriguing. His talk was about the winding path he took to get where he is today and how he persevered to do something he enjoys despite his setbacks, which was comforting for those who were not on the fast track or those currently in school who are deciding what to do next.

His advice, simply put, is to be aware of yourself. Know what you like, what you dislike and what makes you curious. Follow that curiosity to wherever it may lead you because that’s where you’re going to want to be and when you want something, you’ll always find a way over that bump in the road.

More information about the Young Scientist Symposium can be found at their Facebook page: Facebook.com/ssbmbnus.