Visit by Innova Junior College
On 8 January, the Faculty of Science hosted a visit for 60 students and teachers from Innova Junior College (IJC). The visit is part of the Faculty's ongoing outreach efforts to junior college (JC) students to generate interest and awareness of our diverse suite of undergraduate courses and wide-ranging academic enhancement programmes.
Prof TAN Meng Chwan, Assistant Dean, Outreach and Admissions, started off the event with a welcome speech. In his talk on the Faculty's undergraduate programmes, he explained that NUS Science equips students not only with domain knowledge specific to their intended major, but also soft skills like communications and adaptability which are critical in today's fast-evolving workplace.
This was followed with a talk by Science Student Ambassador, Kenneth LEE, an IJC alumnus, who shared on his enriching educational experience here. Kenneth is currently a final year undergraduate student majoring in Life Sciences (specialisation in Environmental Biology).
Kenneth encouraged the students to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available to broaden their perspective beyond their academic studies. He cited his participation in the NUS Study Trips for Engagement and EnRichment (STEER) programme to Costa Rica, Central America, during the summer vacation as an example of how he was able to apply classroom learning to address real-life challenges. While there, he learnt about Costa Rica's biodiversity and conservation efforts, such as the rescue and rehabilitation efforts in the sloth sanctuary. He also visited Panamá and its key attractions like the Panamá Canal, to understand its economic and business climate.
Dr Emelyn TAN, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Chemistry, shared on the Chemistry programme, other academic enhancement programmes offered by the department, and the career opportunities for chemistry graduates.
In the final segment of the programme, Prof TAN Zhi Kuang from the Department of Chemistry delivered a Master Class on how new semiconductor materials can be solution-processed and printed onto thin films, as well as their exciting applications in wall-sized colour displays and solar energy generation.
Year 2 IJC student, TAN Jean Yee said, "The trip to NUS science was unforgettable. The chemistry lecture truly changed my perception of Materials Chemistry. I learnt that this area is actually chemistry-centred rather than physics-centred, and how it is relevant to our daily lives. This visit fuelled my interest to study Chemistry at NUS."
Year 2 IJC student, Nur Qistina bte MOHD GHAUS said, "The visit expanded my knowledge, allowing me to gain a better understanding of the various modules, programmes and course combinations available in NUS. The diverse career options open to NUS Science graduates is compelling."