"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
- Albert Einstein
||Indeed, pragmatism often decides our choice of study. But passion should be at the root of our education, and indeed our career. Learning should be enjoyed and experienced. Science is a beautiful experience.
If you have a passion for science, I have good news for you. You can make a living from science! Science is important in today's knowledge-based society. The timescale from scientific discovery to technological application is shortening, and what took many decades to commercialize now takes only a few years. Just look at the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) which was invented in 1981; scanning probe microscopes are now an indispensable tool in research labs and industry. Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) non-volatile computer memories are so pervasive today; the Giant Magnetoresistance Effect (GMR) was only discovered in 1988. Science is indeed
the driver of innovation and technology, and is indispensable in the education of modern society. If you decide to pursue a degree in Science, you can be assured that many opportunities await you in your future career. Technologies and society will undergo many changes in your lifetime, but your training in scientific thinking and in the fundamentals of science will continue to be relevant. Our science graduates go on to careers in education, engineering, finance, business, information technology and management; those with higher degrees often pursue research or academic careers.
In the Faculty of Science, we offer you a flexible curriculum with many opportunities for multi-disciplinary studies, such as double degree, double major and minor programmes. We also offer courses to give you a more well-rounded education, including overseas exposure programmes, the Special Programme in Science (SPS), Freshman Seminars where you can interact in a small group with professors, the Communicating with the Academy module to hone your scientific writing skills, and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science.
Our Faculty is well endowed with world renowned award-winning professors who are passionate about teaching and research. We have state-of-the-art laboratories, and a campus-wide virtual network learning environment. We recruit from the best internationally and our remuneration is competitive. We are amongst the best in Asia, and are confident that our research standing will be among the best in the world in the years to come.
In the Faculty, we aim to create a collegial and conducive environment to nurture excellent researchers and students. With an academic staff-strength of more than 250, we encourage each person to excel in whatever he or she is best in, be it teaching or research or a critical skill that is essential to the mission of this Faculty. We ensure that rewards are commensurable with the impact of contribution. A university is all about talent, and recruiting and nurturing talent is the top priority for a world-class Faculty.
And as we pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe at Science, we will come to realize what a beautiful thing it is ...
Professor Andrew Wee