A THRIVING RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT
FoS academic staff are actively involved in research, with many of them being recognised internationally for their contributions to R&D. Recent achievements include the 2012 George E. Pake Prize awarded to Prof Thirumalai Venkatesan and the 2012 Lasker Award honouring Prof Michael Sheetz. Many have also received national and university-level research awards.
Our researchers have continued to be awarded significant grants from government and private organisations to build on our research capability and conduct high value research in areas that help shape the future of economic development. We have published more than 1000 articles annually in journals in the Science citation Index (SCI) over the last 3 years with more than half in top-notch / premier journals.
Academic interaction and research cooperation also feature strongly in our research. Apart from having joint appointments across different departments to facilitate collaborative research, research groups have also established strong links with scientists from organisations in Singapore and foreign universities to leverage on each other’s expertise in the advancement of Science. These include Stanford University, Imperial College, Technical University of Munich and Peking University, just to name a few.
With our strong academic research interest and commitment to developing research excellence in NUS, FoS host two of the five prestigious Research Centres of Excellence (RCEs) in Singapore – the Centre for Quantum Technologies and the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore. These RCEs are world-class research centres conducting world-class investigator-led research with a global impact, focusing on long-term strategic research areas. Each of them had received $150 million in funding from the National Research Foundation and Ministry of Education to support its cutting-edge research. These two RCEs, comprising key academic staff from the Physics and Biological Sciences departments in FoS, have been operating in NUS from 2007 and 2009, respectively.
The Faculty of Science is also well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories complemented by a wide range of instrumentation and analytical facilities to support researchers in their research work. One of the latest addition is the S$15 million Micro and Nano-Fabrication Facility which was recently opened in June 2012. This state-of-the-art facility is part of the Graphene Research Centre (GRC), the first such centre in Asia dedicated to graphene research. Heading the GRC is Prof Antonio H. Castro Neto, one of the world leaders in graphene research.
The education we provide in Science, with a strong research focus, will no doubt entice more students to pursue advanced higher education with a career in research in mind.
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