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ABE Students win Polytechnic Student Research Project Award 2015

DEWT students Natalie Phoon Ru Yi, Shen Zhonghuan, Ng Li Hui and Yu ShuChun have been selected to receive the Polytechnic Student Research Project (PSRP) Award 2015. The award is given to the two best projects selected from each polytechnic. In addition to a monetary award of $500, the students received certificates from Dy Principal Mr Lim Peng Hun, at a ceremony held at Singapore Polytechnic on 17 April 2015. DEWT students also won the PSRP Award in 2014 in collaboration with NUS.

The PSRP was launched by NTU in 1997 to nurture local polytechnic students in R&D through immersion in the scientific and engineering research environment.

The project entitled “Functionalised Sugarcane Bagasse in Dual Uptake of Organic Dye and Oil from Water” was a collaborative research work between ABE (Supervisor: Dr Handojo Djati Utomo), NTU, Department of Material Science (A/P Andrew C Grimsdale) and Advanced Material and Technology Centre (AMTC) (Dr Lim Zheng Bang). This integrated final -year students’ project was initiated by Dr Handojo.

During the second stage the project was upgraded into a deeper research project with help from AMTC and NTU (FACTS). The harmonious teamwork among supervisors and students benefitted the students and enabled them to acquire more scientific knowledge and research skills that are important for their future studies.

In the 3rd stage, in addition to technical knowledge, the students’ presentation skills were polished and with the help of Ms Lee Yoke Ling (CASS staff), whose time and effort is much appreciated.


Below are the testimonial statements given by the students:

…. PSRP has allowed me to apply the knowledge that I have learnt from my course modules and explore beyond the syllabus (Natalie Phoon Ru Yi)

…..My 3-year polytechnic education has definitely been fruitful, especially since I am able to have a chance to work on this wonderful project with my Final Year Project group (Shen Zhonghuan).

…..Even though our group participated in many competitions before, PSRP was one of the most satisfying one because it was the consolidation of all our effort and hard work in this project. We are thankful and happy as our hard work has finally paid off (Ng Li Hui).

…..Through this competition, I felt very honoured that my team had made it into the final round of the competition and won the award (Yu ShuChun).