Alumni Industry Networking Sessions

 

Various networking sessions were organised by the Faculty to update science alumni on industry trends, developments and career opportunities. These sessions included science-focused industries and recruitment agencies.

On 4 August, the inaugural session with BLOCK71 Singapore and NUS Enterprise delved into Singapore's startup ecosystem and entrepreneurship community. Life Sciences alumni HEW Joon Yeng and Lyon LIM shared their experience as founders of Pigeonhole Live, a real-time question-and-answer tool and how they succeeded in making it a staple at conferences worldwide.

BLOCK71 Singapore’s office tour gave insights to alumni aspiring to be entrepreneurs, while Startup Weekend introduced entrepreneurship opportunities through events. The session drew 50 alumni.

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On 14 September, our alumni Benjamin TOH, Michele GOH and Kenneth TAN shared on their career journeys at Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) with more than 40 alumni. Thereafter, the alumni toured FusionWorld, an interactive showcase of award-winning inventions and industry-collaboration prototypes created by A*STAR’s research institutes.

One of the participants, WANG Hui said, “We learnt more about A*STAR’s technology development efforts.”

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Over 20 alumni attended the Young Educators in Science (YES) sharing and Ministry of Education (MOE) networking session on 26 October.

Mathematics Year 3 student Christopher TAN shared on the YES Mathematics Focus Group’s efforts to generate educational outreach materials and how the team sieved through many ideas before deciding on activities related to game theory, group theory and celestial mechanics.

YES alumnus Ivan LIEW then discussed his internship experience in a computer games development company, where he leveraged on his science communication skills for effective workplace interaction. He said, “We need to stand in the shoes of others to get a vantage view of how to communicate an idea.”

YES members also prepared a chemistry demonstration using hydrophobic (‘water-hating’) shaving cream and coloured dye to make beautiful and unique hydrophilic (‘water-loving’) paper prints. The prints showed how daily items can be used artistically to communicate science. A networking dinner enabled students to interact with alumni and MOE representatives to learn more about science outreach.

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