SPMS Odyssey Research Symposium 2020

by | Aug 13, 2020 | Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Group photo of participants with their respective supervisors and judges gathered at the MAS Atrium.
Photo credit: M.Fadly

The School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS) organized the 2nd annual Odyssey Research Symposium on Friday, 7 August 2020. Thirty NTU undergraduates across the three SPMS divisions (Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics) presented the research projects  they undertook as part of the Odyssey Research Programme, which aims to nurtures students in both the hard skills of research as well as soft skills such as communication.

For undergraduates, research is an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to practical problems. It is seldom smooth sailing, but the Odyssey Research Programme provides a venue for peer support and camaraderie-building between budding scientists and mathematicians.

Professor Tan Choon Hong, the Chair of SPMS, presented the following awards at the Odyssey Research Symposium:

Best presentation prize:

1) Carice Chong (CBC)
2) How Wei Bin (CBC)
3) Loo Dong Lin (MAS)
4) Koh Zhi Yang (PAP)
5) Zhang Nuoya (PAP)

Best Poster Prize:

1) Choy Boy and Teo Hong Kang (CBC)
2) Sng Hui Ying Cynthia (CBC)
3) Loh Yi Fong (MAS)
4) Brian Chia Chi Chuan (PAP)
5) Koh Zhi Yang (PAP)

Coolest/Hottest Poster Award (voted by peers):

1)  Carice Chong (CBC)
2) Chen Ru Ting Jaslyn (CBC)
3) Loo Dong Lin (MAS)

Year 2 CBC Student Carice Chong (centre), winner of Best Presentation and Coolest/Hottest Poster Awards presenting her research study to the judges – Dr Ken Lee (left) and Asst Prof Shingo Ito (right).


Year 4 PAP student Brian Chia Chi Chuan (right), the only student who had participated for the second consecutive year.


Winners and other faculty members gathered around Prof Tan Choon Hong (centre), the Chair of SPMS, at the end of prize presentation. Photo credit: M.Fadly


(From L to R) Dr Sumod Pullarkat, Asst Prof Mihaiela Stuparu, Teo Hong Kang and Choy Boy of CBC Div. The two students worked on a Machine Learning project for Chemistry with Dr Lu Yunpeng. The Covid-19 situation forced student researchers to seek novel approaches to overcome the safe-distancing constraints of working in a laboratory. Photo credit: Dr Koh Teck Seng

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