H3 NUS-A*STAR-VJC Science Research

 

Introduction

VJC has partnered with NUS and A*STAR to offer the H3 NUS-A*STAR-VJC Science Research at Victoria Junior College. Students in this H3 programme undertake an individual Investigative Study in Physics or Chemistry or Biology under the guidance of VJC teachers and the mentorship of research practitioners from NUS and Research Institutes. Intellectually rigorous and mentally demanding, the Investigative Study will allow you to deepen your learning in a specific area of Science, and engage in the intricacies of scientific research that goes on in universities and industries.

 

A) Prerequisite

H2 Biology/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Mathematics.  Students must offer at least two H2 Sciences or H2 Mathematics and one H2 science.

 

Assessment

The research project will be assessed and graded by NUS. Students will complete one science research project with the following components:

  • Research plan and journal
  • Research paper
  • Powerpoint presentation

 

B) Selection Criteria

  • You have obtained an A1 in one Mathematics Subject, two Science subjects and at least a B3 for Combined Humanities in G.C.E. ‘O’ level examinations
    You have obtained an A1 in Mathematics, two Science subjects and at least a B3 for Language Arts/Humanities in Overall Y4 or Sec 4 equivalent IP examinations
    You intend to offer H2 Biology/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Mathematics

    You have obtained an A1 in one Mathematics Subject, two Science subjects and at least a B3 for Combined Humanities in G.C.E. ‘O’ level examinations.

  • You have obtained an A1 in Mathematics, two Science subjects and at least a B3 for Language Arts/Humanities in Overall Y4 or Sec 4 equivalent IP examinations.
  • You intend to offer H2 Biology/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Mathematics

 

C) Role and Responsibilities

If you undertake the H3 VJC-A*STAR-NUS programme, you will:

  • Discuss, design and carry out the project experimentation in consultation with the research mentor.
  • Keep a Research Journal detailing every experiment, observation and measurement carried out. The journal should be made available to the teacher mentor for checking at any stage of the programme.
  • Submit a Research Plan (use ISEF/SSEF forms) which should concisely state research objectives or hypothesis; experimental design or materials and methods; proposed timeline. The plan should focus on a particular idea based on background research/literature search. Only approved projects can be considered for this programme.
  • Submit a Research Paper which should contain an abstract (maximum 250 words), an introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements and references. Results and discussion may be combined in one section. The full text of the abstract and paper including diagrams and tables should be single-spaced and ranging from 10 to 14 A4-sized pages in length. The submitted paper must be original and not be published in other conferences or journals.
  • Prepare a Powerpoint Presentation and conduct a presentation to the panel of examiners designated by NUS. The powerpoint presentation should be logically presented and easy to read. It should enable anyone to understand without further explanation and also the examiners to assess the work done and results obtained.  The student is expected to speak freely and confidently, lasting not more than 10 minutes, about their work and to answer questions raised by the examiners during a 10-minute Q&A session.

D) Course Fees

  • $640 per student
  • $580 MOE grant per student and the remaining $60 can be paid from the student’s Edusave account or in cash.
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