Wednesday, 27 July 2016

START Award Ceremony 2016

Source: MOE Press Release 26 July 2016

The Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent Scheme (START) supports young Singaporeans interested in pursuing an academic career at our Autonomous Universities (AUs), and aims to help our AUs build up their pool of academic talent in both research and teaching. START provides a suite of scholarships and support options for undergraduates, postgraduates, and PhD holders interested in academia.

At the undergraduate level, the MOE-AU Scholarship sponsors students’ undergraduate studies at local or overseas institutions, and recipients receive tailored academic mentorship and developmental opportunities from their paired AU. At the postgraduate level, selected postgraduate faculty development schemes support outstanding students as they pursue PhD and postdoctoral programmes at top overseas institutions, before returning to serve at our local AUs. For PhD holders, Early Career Awards allow aspiring academics to gain valuable teaching and research experience at the AUs, with the objective of helping them to establish a competitive portfolio for their future application and appointment as faculty members at our AUs.

In all, 20 students received scholarships from Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr Ong Ye Kung at the START Award Ceremony today. The list of scholarship recipients can be found here.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

SMO 2016 Top 30 Results

IPhO 2016 Singapore Team and IBO 2016 Singapore Team Results

lPhO 2016 Full Results

IPhO Singapore Team Results

Gold - Lee Yuan, RI
Gold - Feng Jiahai, RI
Silver - Koh Jin Ming, NUS High
Silver - Ng Jian Rong, NUS High 
Silver - Lee Yu Tse, RI

IBO 2016 Full Results

IBO 2016 Singapore Team Results

Gold, 1st - Justin Lim Yi Shen, RI
Gold, 3rd - Tang Feng Jie, RI
Gold - Jacy Mok Kai Lin, HCI
Gold - Lim Jia Qi, RI

Congratulations to the Singapore Teams!

SIMO Junior Team 2016

SIMO Junior Team 2016 (32)

Bai Yunxuan
David Toh Hui Kai
Li Hantao
Lim Teck Woon Darren
Lim Yuan Heng
Mikail Firas Din s/o Abdul Jab
Ong Sheng Khai Timothy
Qiu Bowen Derrick
Shao Yang
Wang Yunrui

NUS High
Audi Prasanto
Chieu Le Heng
Joshua Chin Zhi Yi
Leticia Tok Jia Ying
Tan Cheng Yat
Tan Kin Hern
Tan Yu Ren
Wong Swee Chong Dave
Wong Zhi Jun

Arthur Ke Yansheng
Guan Yangchen
Loh Yan Xun Timothy
Low Yu Xuan
Siew Jiang Yi Brian
Wang Yuhan
William Zhang
Yau Chun En

Ding Wenjun

Victoria School
Lim Zhao Xun Jarrell

Hu Xinghui

ACS Primary
Lai Pengchong

Home School
Louth Bin Rawshan

Training for SIMO Junior Team has started on 23 July 2016.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Singapore IMO Team Back Home

Just touched down Singapore, put on T-shirts specially prepared by proud mummies and daddies
Lovely gifts from students' parents
Thoughtful gift from IMO boys

Friday, 15 July 2016

IMO 2016 Singapore Team Results

Singapore came in 4th with 4 Gold 2 Silver (record), and total 196 points (record). Well done S'pore team!  Our best rank was 3rd, achieved in 2011. Our previous best medal haul was in 2011 too, with 4 Gold 1 Silver 1 Bronze and our previous highest total points was 182, attained in 2013.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

High Tea @ Lingzhi Vegetarian

Getting Ready for Hong Kong IMO 2016

From left: (Trainers cum Observers) Lim Jeck with mascot SIMOn, Jit Wu, (Participants) Joel, Sheldon, Zhaoyu, Glen, Bryan, Dylan, (Dy Leader) Mr Zong
IMO 2016 Home Page

9 July 2016 (Sat) Arrival
10 July 2016 (Sun) Opening Ceremony & Welcome Dinner
11 July 2016 (Mon) First day of contest
12 July 2016 (Tue) Second day of contest
13 July 2016 (Wed) Excursion
14 July 2016 (Thu) Excursion
15 July 2016 (Fri) Excursion, Closing Ceremony and IMO Dinner
16 July 2016 (Sat) Departure

Friday, 8 July 2016

MOE-AU Scholarship

Lim Jeck has just been offered the Ministry of Education - Autonomous University (MOE-AU) scholarship (you may read the MOE-AU Scholarship FAQ here) to pursue his undergraduate studies in Mathematics at Cambridge. His paired AU is National University of Singapore.

Information about the MOE-AU Scholarship

The Ministry of Education-Autonomous University (MOE-AU) Scholarship is part of the Singapore Teaching and Academic and Research Talent Scheme (START), to better support young Singaporeans who have an interest in an academic career. 

MOE-AU Scholarship recipients will be supported in their undergraduate studies with developmental opportunities, academic mentorship and internships to introduce them to and prepare them for a career in academia. 

The scholarship covers full sponsorship for undergraduate courses for any course of study, subject to the scholarship board’s approval. The degrees can be read at any reputable local or overseas university. Full-term and mid-term options for the scholarship are available. Each scholarship recipient will be paired with the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University or Singapore Management University. Subsequently, the scholar will apply for and obtain a PhD scholarship from their paired AU. 

The bond for the undergraduate and postgraduate portions will run concurrently for a total maximum bond period of six years to be served in an academic position at the paired AU, after the completion of the scholars’ postgraduate study.


For those who are interested, the timeline for Lim Jeck's scholarship application for 2016 cycle from open of application to award of scholarship is as follows:

1 September 2015: MOE-AU Scholarship application opens
end February 2016: Lim Jeck submits his application online, via PSC Gateway.
5 March: MOE-AU Schoarship tea session @ MOE Auditorium
15 March: MOE-AU Scholarship application closes
8 April: MOE emails that they are considering the application, and Lim Jeck is requested to fill out Additional Information Form, and to provide Academic reference and Character reference. He indicates his preferred AU as: 1st choice NUS, 2nd choice NTU.
25 April: Interview with NTU professors at NTU
27 April: Interview with NUS professors at NUS
14 May: Written psychometric test at MOE HQ
24 May: Interview with MOE officers at MOE HQ
26 May: Interview with MOE appointed psychologist at Changi office
3 June: Interview with MOE, NUS and NTU senior management at MOE HQ
7 July: MOE emails on award of MOE-AU Scholarship (MOE-AU Scholarship Award Ceremony will be held on 26 July)

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Internship with DSO

Source: Internship with DSO - CN Yang Scholars's Club

With many university undergraduates sourcing for internships in various industries, we are privileged to have Lim Min, a third year Mathematical Sciences major, share with us her experiences in DSO.

DSO National Laboratories (DSO) is Singapore’s one and only national defence R&D organisation. It innovates technological solutions to create the critical edge in the Singapore Armed Forces’ combat capabilities.

With more than 1,300 research scientists and engineers working seamlessly across the domains of air, land, sea and cyberspace, DSO researches into emerging technologies, matures promising ones and integrates them into innovative system concepts to meet Singapore’s defence and security capabilities.

Without further ado, let us find out more about Lim Min’s internship with DSO.

  1. How did you first hear of DSO National Laboratories (DSO)?
While participating in activities of the CN Yang Scholars’ Club, I was approached by DSO Human Resources (HR) personnel who introduced me to the internship.
  1. Why did you decide to join DSO’s internship?
The DSO internship was compatible with my schedule and I could rank my interests, allowing for the internship to be catered to my preferences. They also allowed me to intern at the end of Year 1, and not many companies/organisations allow that.
  1. What were your roles as an intern? Did you join a lab? If so, how were the labs like?
I coded using C (programming). The aim of my internship was to build up a cryptographic library. My main task was to implement Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (RSA), which is a cryptosystem, and elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman cryptographic functions. Throughout my internship, I learned many things like coding in C, safety measures to implement in codes, security standards, and different protocols.
  1. How different is an internship at DSO compared to research in school labs?
In DSO, there are fellow interns whom you can discuss your project with, as compared to the individual research I did in school. This made things more exciting and interesting.
  1. What were some highlights of your internship?
I was very well fed during my internship (laughs). But the main highlight would be learning more about mathematics and computing by talking to the supervisors and interns there. Some projects include automatic error detection for codes, noise reduction techniques for multiple purposes such as voice recording, underwater autonomous systems, Application Programme Interface (API) to track all registered ships, detection of hidden artillery etc. We were introduced to these systems and were also free to ask and find out more if we were interested in them.
  1. What was the biggest takeaway?
I learned a lot from my project in DSO. Some of these include knowledge on the Diffie-Hellman key exchange, elliptic curve, RSA, various fast multiplication/squaring algorithms, use of Wireshark, certificates and more. They proved useful in the later modules I took in NTU (e.g. MH4311 Cryptography) and for Cryptanalysis studied at University College London during the semester exchange.
  1. How are the skill sets learnt during your internship applicable to daily life?
I learnt how to interact with people of different ages and from different faculties and schools better. Since some of the interns were from overseas universities, I got to learn more about foreign cultures as well. This helps me in my daily interactions with people from diverse backgrounds.
  1. What was your first impression of the internship? How did you eventually feel about your experience?
Initially, I thought that it would be a boring and mundane job where I would barely learn anything as I had heard from friends participating in internships where you only “photocopy papers” and complete administrative work. I was pleasantly surprised that the internship turned out to be the opposite. Not only did I learn a lot from my project, there were various presentations in DSO that gave me insights into other projects as well.
  1. What was the most attractive feature of the DSO internship?
The intern pay is good (the best that I have come across so far) and the number of projects available is vast to cater to your interest.
  1. How has the internship influenced your attitude towards future career prospects?
I had always thought that working would be stressful and boring, but DSO has shown me otherwise. It made me feel that working in DSO is a possible career option for me when I graduate.
  1. How were your colleagues and supervisors? Was the focus more on independent or guided learning?
For me, it was more about independent learning. I’m not sure about my other fellow interns. From this independent learning, I got better at finding my own answers online (and not over-relying on others for help), which is especially important in Research and Development. But of course, my supervisor was there to ensure that I was on the right track through frequent updates, and help was readily available when I faced difficulties. They provided general directions to help me find answers and explained important concepts to me.
  1. Are there any advantages to being a CN Yang scholar while interning in DSO?
Everything was relatively equal amongst all interns.
  1. What attitudes would you advice others to adopt should they be interested in joining a similar internship?
Be independent and open-minded.
  1. Bonus Question: How would you rate your experience at DSO (Scale of 1 to 10)?
10. We were given a lot of space and time to explore our interests. DSO was also very flexible, from working hours to pursuing our interests in our projects.
Throughout the various presentations I had seen and the interactions I made with the people there, I have always felt that DSO is quite an exciting place to work in. The technology and software they have developed there are all very interesting. These include drones (sea/air), image analysis (to detect the distance of an object from the camera, or whether a person is sitting/standing, or to detect vehicles/persons from a video footage etc.), automatic code repairing and more. I was and still am extremely interested in these initiatives. Before my internship in DSO, I would have never considered the existence of such technology but now, my thoughts on the possibilities of technology have broadened.
Many of my fellow interns at that time have graduated, and are now currently working in DSO. Not only do you get to do interesting work, DSO also provides a good work-life balance. There are flexible working hours (you can come later and leave later), and there are also various events held for you to bond with fellow colleagues or your family. Sports Hour is also available for staff to utilise any day of the week. During this period, office hours end slightly earlier for you to play sports with your fellow colleagues. Also, during my time as an intern, there was a puzzle competition (which I took part in with other interns) among many events for National Day.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

NUS/NTU/SMU Historical IGP/GES 2008-2015

Very good document maintained by marigoldhl!

NUS/NTU/SMU Historical IGP/GES 2008-2015

It contains the following lists:
  • NUS/NTU/SMU Indicative Grade Profile (IGP)
  • NUS/NTU/SMU Graduate Employment Survey (GES) results 
  • Ranking of IGP by GCE 'A' Levels University Admission Score (UAS)/Polytechnic's Grade Point Average (GPA) 
  • Ranking of GES by Fulltime Employment, Mean Salary and Median Salary

Thursday, 9 June 2016

IChO 2016 Singapore Team

The 48th IChO (International Chemistry Olympiad) will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 23 July to 1 August 2016.

The following Year 6 (JC2) students are in the Singapore Team:
Glen Goh Wee Zhuan, NUS High
Nan Zhihan, NUS High
Matthew Wong Huai Zhe, RI
Wang Kaiying, RI

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Kukup Trip 6 to 7 June

Zumba workout

Picking marbles game
Celebrating birthday for June babies

Monday, 6 June 2016

CGMO 2016 and CWMI 2016 Singapore Teams

The following girls will represent Singapore in the China Girls Mathematical Olympiad (CGMO), which will be held in Beijing No. 4 High School, China, from 10 to 15 August 2016:

Chen Xinyi, Year 2, RGS
Shi Ruixin, Year 3, RGS
Li Anqi, Year 4, RGS
Lim Li, Year 5, NUS High

The following students are selected for China Western Mathematical Invitational (CWMI) 2016, which will be held from 13 to 18 August:

Zhang Xiaorui, Year 3, NUS High
Gabriel Goh, Year 4, NUS High
Estelle Lee, Year 4, RGS
Lucas Boo, Year 1, RI
Cheng Puhua, Year 3, RI
Wang Jianzhi, Year 4, RI
Ng Yu Peng, Year 3, HCI
Goh Hong Pei, Year 5, HCI

Heartiest congratulations to one and all!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

SMO 2016 (Open Section) Answers

SMO 2016 Open Round 2 List

Cut off for Rd 2 ~13

SMO 2016 Open Questions

SMO 2016 (Open Section) Answers

1. 48
2. 6
3. 1007
4. 2145
5. 11
6. 1017
7. 9
8. 2018
9. 4032
10. 10
11. 4
12. 2
13. 946
14. 2017
15. 147
16. 4030
17. 71
18. 625
19. 48
20. 5
21. 48
22. 625
23. 100
24. 12
25. 25

For previous years' cut off points to special round, please refer to an old blog post here.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

SMO 2016 (Senior Section) Answers

SMO 2016 Senior Round 2 List

Cut off for Rd 2 ~18-19

SMO 2016 Senior Questions

SMO 2016 (Senior Section) Answers

1. C
2. D
3. B
4. C
5. A
6. E
7. C
8. C
9. A
10. B
11. 41
12. 2
13. 135
14. 25
15. 17
16. 4
17. 14
18. 4
19. 34
20. 65
21. 144
22. 116
23. 10
24. 6
25. 2
26. 23
27. 56
28. 288
29. 111
30. 7355
31. 23520
32. 742
33. 360
34. 100
35. 2592

For previous years' cut off points to special round, please refer to an old blog post here.

SMO 2016 (Junior Section) Answers

SMO 2016 Junior Round 2 List

Cut off for Rd 2 ~20-21

SMO 2016 Junior Questions

SMO 2016 (Junior Section) Answers

1. A
2. A
3. C
4. D
5. A
6. C
7. D
8. B
9. C
10. A
11. 143
12. 36
13. 4032
14. 25
15. 31486
16. 51
17. 326
18. 4 (*amended)
19. 9
20. 216
21. 55
22. 2550 (or 2460, if excluding 090)
23. 25
24. 8
25. 134
26. 125
27. 8
28. 82
29. 25
30. 120
31. 3
32. 5
33. 30
34. 21
35. 2195 (*amended)

For previous years' cut off points to special round, please refer to an old blog post here.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

SIMC 2016 and ISSF 2016

Results of SIMC 2016

The Singapore International Mathematics Competition (SIMC) is a biennial international mathematics event that provides opportunities to fuel students’ interest in mathematics and spur them to reach for greater heights. The event aims to bring together bright students from around the world to pit their skills in a rigorous competition where they will demonstrate their creativity and mathematical skills in a mathematical modelling challenge. Students will have the opportunities to interact in social and cultural activities. SIMC also aims to provide a platform for professional exchange of good practices in Math education across different countries through the Educator Programme. It provides opportunities for mathematics educators to engage in professional discourse and establish and develop ties with counterparts from around the world.

The International Student Science Fair (ISSF) is an international student fair hosted on a rotating basis by a network of science high schools worldwide. It was officially launched in 2005 to facilitate international interaction and collaboration in science education. The ISSF brings together students, teachers and school leaders to share and develop their ideas about science in a modern world. The ISSF is the major event of its type in the world with a focus on the combined sharing and development of teaching and learning in science education. Each year’s event creates a learning hub for participants that provide a range of forums promoting the development in teaching and learning of science research and science education.

NUS High is hosting both 5th SIMC and 12th ISSF from 23 to 27 May 2016.

This year, SIMC received an overwhelming participation by 62 schools from 30 countries and regions. List of participating schools for SIMC is here. The 4 students representing NUS High are: Shashvat & Daniel Low from Year 6, and Clarence Chew & Lim Li from Year 5.

List of participating schools for ISSF is here.

Read daily newsletters (Epigraph issues) for SIMC and ISSF here.

Goodie bag for SIMC 2016