November 3, 2017

IBN Partners with Catholic Junior College to Promote Scientific Research

From left: Ms Nor Azzah Isnin, Ms Noreena AbuBakar and Prof Jackie Y. Ying from IBN, with Ms Phyllis Chua Suan Gek and
Mr Eugene Pancratius Yeow from CJC, at the MOU signing ceremony on October 25, 2017.

The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and Catholic Junior College (CJC) have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on October 25 to create awareness among the CJC students about the impact of biomedical research and develop their interest in scientific pursuits.

“We are delighted to have CJC join us in our endeavor to promote scientific research and nurture young research talents. As our partner school, their students can participate in our Youth Research Program, which provides research attachment opportunities, and events such as open houses, career talks and science camps. We look forward to developing a more vibrant youth research culture with CJC,” said Ms Noreena AbuBakar, IBN Director and Chair of the Youth Research Program.

“Our students who attended IBN’s Youth Research Program have gained a better understanding of what scientific research is about. Under the mentorship of IBN scientists, they were exposed to interesting scientific concepts and challenges, experimental procedures as well as equipment. They also learned more about the research conducted by IBN scientists. This has increased their passion towards the sciences, and helped them to make more informed decisions about their choice of future career and further studies. We hope to strengthen our partnership with IBN and provide more of our students with such valuable learning opportunities to stretch their potential and help them achieve their dreams,” said Ms Phyllis Chua Suan Gek, CJC Principal.

To date, 9 students and 2 teachers from CJC have participated in research attachments at IBN. This includes Mr Eugene Pancratius Yeow (see photo), who is currently the Head of Department (Biology/Physics) at CJC. He did his research attachment at IBN in 2010 under Dr Jieming Zeng.

With CJC on board, IBN now has official partnerships with 19 schools in Singapore, including: Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road), Catholic High School, Dunman High School, Hwa Chong Institution, Nan Hua High School, National Junior College, Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary), Raffles Institution, School of Science and Technology, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Temasek Junior College, Victoria Junior College.

Started in October 2003, IBN’s Youth Research Program has reached out to more than 108,000 students and teachers from 290 schools, and over 2,600 of them have completed research attachments at IBN.

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