“The reality is that the journey ahead will be steeper than before. In the white coats we will soon wear, we must embrace change; and be the makers of change.”Elston Foo Sheng Kai, Pharmacy
|Thursday 12 July||10.00 am||C2|
Elston Foo Sheng Kai graduates with Honours (Highest Distinction) in Pharmacy, where he was placed on the Dean’s List for two semesters. Elston enjoyed a holistic student experience, and also broadened his horizons at a summer programme at the University of Toronto.
Elston held multiple leadership appointments at NUS. He served as the Vice-President, and subsequently as President of the NUS Students’ Political Association, where he led his team of student leaders to nurture political awareness and active citizenry through facilitated dialogue and engagement. He also forged closer relationships with the People's Association Youth Movement and REACH (reaching everyone for active citizenry@home) which gathers feedback on major issues impacting citizens, through collaborations such as the Singapore Model Parliament 2018.
Elston was also elected the Council Chairperson of the Student Union, where he provided advice on the Union Constitution to Council members and planned meetings to facilitate and mediate student leader discussions. Elston was also highly involved in community work. In his first year, he was part of the NUS Pharmaceutical Society Flag committee which organised fundraising activities for a children’s beneficiary. He was also involved in the Tri-Generational HomeCare Project, a community health programme which grooms students to care for the vulnerable elderly. This spurred him to participate in a community health service learning programme centred on medication reconciliation (NUS CHAMP, or Community Health Angels Mentoring Programme), where he was instrumental in setting up the first student steering committee.
Elston completed his community rotation at Unity Pharmacy where he dispensed medication and provided counselling advice to patients on their health and medications. Later he took on an internship at Janssen-Cilag Asia Pacific, where he identified alternative drug registration pathways in the Asia-Pacific market to expedite access to essential medications.
Motivated by his interest in clinical research, Elston completed a research project in collaboration with the Singapore General Hospital to investigate the safety and effectiveness of medications for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. He was also appointed as a Class Champion by the NUS Development Office, in recognition of his efforts in raising funds for the Pharmacy Bursary.
Elston currently works at the National University Hospital as a Pre-Registration Pharmacist. He aspires to pursue a career applying multidisciplinary skills at the frontier of healthcare.
“To overcome obstacles and achieve success, we need to push ourselves forward each day. We may not reach there immediately but we shall keep trying.”Dr Teng Dan, Mathematics
|Thursday 12 July||10.00 am||C2|
Dr Teng Dan graduates with a Ph.D. in Mathematics. She was a recipient of the NUS Research Scholarship which is awarded to outstanding graduate students for research leading to a higher degree at the university. She also received a grant under the Ministry of Education.
For the first two years in her Ph.D. studies, she worked on theoretical computer science and co-authored one paper in this area. She then moved on to the field of numerical analysis and machine learning, where she wrote three papers as the first author, one of which was published on the scientific journal IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. She was also the only invited participant from an Asian university to the Gene Golub SIAM Summer School (2015), where she deepened her knowledge and understanding on various numerical linear algebraic problems.
Dr Teng’s dissertation focused on applying randomisation techniques to solve numerical linear algebraic problems. One of the algorithms she developed shows the possibility for a hybrid algorithm to combine the high accuracy from its deterministic component with the low cost from its embedded randomisation process.
Dr Teng is passionate about science and technology and continues to challenge herself to broaden her knowledge. She currently works as a Research Scientist in a technology startup in Singapore.
“As we begin a new journey, our dreams will change. But we can trust that our experiences, our skills and especially our mistakes, make us equal to the dreams we choose to own.”Cao Xujun, Chemistry
|Thursday 12 July||8.00 pm||C3|
Cao Xujun graduates with Honours (Highest Distinction) in Chemistry, with a minor in Life Sciences. He is a recipient of the NUS Kent Ridge Undergraduate Award and was conferred the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Book Prize as the best third-year student in his cohort. He was also placed on the Dean’s List for four consecutive semesters.
As an active advocate of mentorship and communication of scientific ideas, Xujun completed the Special Programme in Science (SPS), where he also served as a student mentor. He has tutored and mentored five modules across SPS, the Department of Chemistry and School of Computing, in areas ranging from biochemistry to introductory Python programming. He has received numerous nominations for teaching awards, and was recognised as an Outstanding Part-Time Teaching Assistant by the Department of Chemistry.
Xujun served in the Chemical Sciences Society Management Committee as Vice President, where he organised various events and spearheaded key initiatives, such as the highly popular “I Can’t, I Have Lab” tee-shirts. He is also a regular volunteer with the Chinese Development Assistance Council as part of the Supervised Homework Group, where he mentors disadvantaged primary school students and aids them in holistic development.
Xujun is a passionate researcher who has undertaken research projects in organic chemistry and green chemistry. He was awarded the MSD Gold Medal for the best Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science project in Chemistry. He has also conducted research beyond the discipline of chemistry during internship stints at the National Institute of Education and Synmax Biochemical Co. Ltd., a Taiwan-based biochemistry company.
He plans to apply his skills in new areas of research and will continue to do so as a Research Assistant with the Department of Pharmacy.
“No matter how many ups and downs we encounter, there is no real failure as we will eventually achieve our goals if we work hard, persevere and trust our capabilities.”Dr Raditya Bomantara , Physics
|Thursday 12 July||8.00 pm||C3|
Dr Raditya Weda Bomantara graduates with a Ph.D. in Physics which he completed within 2.5 years. Previously, he completed his B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Physics at NUS with a second major in Mathematics, within three years.
His Ph.D. studies focused on the dynamical construction of various topological phases, which resulted in four publications in Physical Review journals. One of these was highlighted as an Editors’ Suggestion on the basis of interest, importance, and / or clarity.
Concurrent with his Ph.D. studies, Dr Bomantara is a full-time Teaching Assistant in the Department of Physics, where he undertakes duties such as teaching tutorials and consultation. He also assists the department in key outreach activities for prospective students such as the yearly Physics Engagement Day and Physics Enrichment Camp. In recognition of his passion for teaching, he has received hundreds of teaching nominations from students, and two consecutive Teaching Assistant awards in the past two years.
In addition to being a Teaching Assistant, Dr Bomantara is venturing into a new research area, where he applies his expertise in the development of quantum computers.
“Our training has enriched our lives and helped us appreciate the beauty of the natural world, something that we will bring forward to the rest of our lives.”Gina Ng Lee Gem, Biological Sciences
|Friday 13 July||10.00 am||C4|
Gina Ng Lee Gem graduates with Honours (Highest Distinction) with a double degree in Life Sciences and Business Administration. She is also a recipient of the NUS Student Achievement Awards for her extracurricular achievements.
Gina’s cross-disciplinary training in the scientific domain of life sciences and the artistic domain of marketing equipped her with holistic skills combining scientific rigour with out-of-the-box thinking. She applied her integrated understanding in commercial strategy and the life sciences to her internships in business roles at life sciences firms, including IQVIA (formerly Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc.), where she devised pricing and revenue maximisation strategies for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide. She also interned in the Commercial Excellence department of global biopharmaceutical company Sanofi, where she synthesised insights from consumer research studies for the execution of commercial strategies.
Gina gained varied experiences across diverse functions and industries, from change management to consumer research, and end-to-end branding and distribution for organisations and brands. She also led two teams to win national case competitions representing the school, including a healthcare economic policy case competition and the Frost and Sullivan Case Competition (2017), where she and her team tackled the issue of rising healthcare costs and stagnating quality of care in a hypothetical country modelled after the United States. She also led another team to devise a comprehensive marketing strategy for a Cambodian silk-weaving social enterprise, winning the regional category of the Crossing the Chasm Challenge (2017), which provides student-driven consulting solutions to enable pioneering social enterprises.
Gina is also actively involved in social causes. She devised business and marketing plans for two social enterprises, and served as Project Director of the NUS Chapter of Project R.I.C.E.+, a nationwide annual food aid initiative by Red Cross Youth that coordinated more than 600 volunteers to deliver necessities to more than 10,000 needy households in Singapore (2013 to 2014). She was also a Project Leader with Conjunct Consulting, a probono organisation offering consulting services to non-profits, where she led two projects on strategic planning and human capital management.
Gina hopes to continue contributing to the biomedical sector in Singapore. She will be joining IQVIA as a strategy analyst, advising life sciences and pharmaceutical firms on business strategy.
“The scroll we receive today signifies that the baton is now in our hands. It will continue to remind us to keep up the enthusiasm for learning and see hardships as learning opportunities.”Lim Xin Xiang, Biological Sciences
|Friday 13 July||10.00 am||C4|
Dr Lim Xin Xiang graduates with a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. He attained his B.Sc. Honours (Highest Distinction) in Life Sciences in NUS in 2013. He was a recipient of the NUS President’s Graduate Fellowship (2013), an accolade conferred to candidates who show exceptional promise or accomplishments in research.
During his Ph.D. candidature, Dr Lim published several research papers as the first author in international journals including the prestigious Nature Communications journal. Dr Lim’s research on the Dengue virus has also been publicised in various platforms including NUS News and various local radio stations (93.8LIVE and 95.8FM). In 2017, he was conferred the Best Graduate Researcher award for Biological Sciences. Dr Lim was also selected to present his research at various international and local conferences, including the 4th International Conference on Antiviral Research and 7th Asia-Oceania Mass Spectrometry Conference.
Dr Lim regards mentoring as important and integral to research. To this end, he actively mentored undergraduate students during his Ph.D. candidature as a Teaching Assistant. He received the Faculty’s Teaching Assistant Award in 2014. In addition, Dr Lim has actively contributed in communicating science to the public by leading laboratory tours at key outreach events to prospective students, including the Faculty Open House and various outreach programmes.
Dr Lim is continuing his research in the area of infectious diseases. He hopes to develop innovative solutions for combating infectious diseases in the future.
“Keep challenging ourselves - we may achieve things that are otherwise impossible. Never give up - we will overcome problems through perseverance.”Gregory Ang Tai Xiang , Statistics and Applied Probability
|Friday 13 July||3.00 pm||C5|
Gregory Ang Tai Xiang graduates with Honours (Highest Distinction) with a double degree in Statistics and Applied Probability, as well as Economics. Gregory consistently excels academically, and was placed on the Dean's List for four semesters. He has been awarded the NUS President's Graduate Fellowship, which is given to candidates who show exceptional promise or accomplishments in research.
Gregory was actively involved in student life and co-curricular activities like Contract Bridge. He has represented NUS and won in team competitions such as the NUS-NTU Challenge (2015 and 2016). Gregory was also part of the club's executive committee, where he organised events such as NUS’ annual Inter-Faculty Games for Contract Bridge.
Gregory also served as a Student Ambassador for the Faculty of Science since 2016. During the NUS Open Day and the Faculty Open House (2016 and 2017), he provided advice to prospective students and their parents on the broad spectrum of Science courses available in NUS, other learning and enrichment opportunities, as well as career prospects for science graduates.
Gregory will continue his Ph.D. studies in NUS, where he hopes to contribute to the advancement of statistics and data science.