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Victorious at the Young Scientists' Symposium 2016

The Young Scientists' Symposium 2016 (YSS 2016), jointly organised by the Singapore Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (SSBMB) and Science Centre Singapore, was held at the Science Centre Singapore on the 10 March 2016.

Attended by hundreds of polytechnic students, this annual event showcases polytechnic students’ research projects via the 80 poster and 6 oral presentation slots.

SP DBS and DBT students participating at the YSS 2016

Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) students shone in the competition and emerged winners in both the oral and poster presentation categories. Chan Jun Wei took home the top distinction prize for oral presentation by impressing the judges and audience with his talk entitled: ”Role of Splicing Factor SFRS11 in human somatic cell reprogramming.” In the poster category, DBS students secured a majority of 5 out of the 11 available prizes for their outstanding performance in the poster presentation category. Winners in this poster category include Toh Tian Min, Sng Wei Zhi, Lam Nai Yao, Tan Jia Chi Jevon Tan Shin Yong, Ong Zu Lin Jolynn and Wang Yibo. Their hard work has definitely paid off and the smile on their faces says it all.

Oral presentation winner, Chan Jun Wei, DBS (Biomedical Research Option) Class of 2016 shared his thoughts on his experience at YSS2016.

“Without saying, this certainly was an eye-opening experience. Having to deliver a presentation on stage was absolutely nerve wrecking and stressful for me. Fortunately, having gone through case-based learning (CBL) studies prepared me sufficiently for this event. For instance, through CBL I was exposed to many current research studies; thereby allowing me to gain an in-depth understanding as to how researchers plan out their experiments. This understanding greatly aided me in addressing the judges' questions. I was able to grasp and understand the rationale behind why they raised these questions and hence was able to provide a concise and satisfactory answers to them.

Looking back, the judges provided insightful questions which could aid in the progress of my project. Winning the distinction in oral presentation award served as a nice little bonus to this experience. Gaining recognition from peers in the same field of work really boosted my confidence and goes to show that with sufficient planning and hardwork, even a polytechnic student could make decent progress in the research field.

Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to my mentor, Dr Toh Chengxu Delon (Diploma in Biotechnology (DBT) Class of 2006) and Supervisor, Dr Loh Yuin Han Jonathan (DBT Class of 1997) for their support and guidance throughout this project. Being their student had really made me a more rational and mature individual. My gratitude extends to my lecturers in SP for all their support and words of encouragement. Without all of you, this wouldn't have been possible!”

Oral Presentation winner, Chua Jun Wei

Congratulations to all the winners!