Picture Singapore 2015 – submissions open till 14 September 2015

Dear NUS shutterbugs,


As you already know, Singaporeans all over will be heading to the polls come 11 September!


To include your exciting Polling Day photographs, the Singapore Research Nexus has extended the submission period for our photography competition till 14 September 2015! Capture Singapore at the hustings (and the moments in between) and send your photographs to us!


Picture Singapore 2015 is now open to all current NUS students, faculty, and staff as well as all NUS alumni. Submissions are open till 14 September 2015 (Monday), 12pm.

For more information and a complete list of the T&Cs, please download the attached file or visit our Singapore Research Nexus Facebook page. We are also posting last year’s winning photos on our Facebook page to inspire you!
Picture Singapore 2015 TCs with FB (Updated)








Got a question? Ask us at singaporeresearchnexus@gmail.com.

picture singapore extended poster

Getting an edge with enhanced research skills


“My undergraduate years with the Department of Psychology in NUS were filled with fun and lots of learning.  I was given a strong foundation in research skills which gave me an edge later on in my career.  The Doctor of Philosophy programme was a natural choice for me – I was returning to the place that gave me my passion for the study of psychology.  Thanks to strong academic teaching, supportive professors, and great support from classmates, I have successfully completed the programme and upgraded my research skills.  I look forward to furthering my interest in psychological research and contributing to the local data and knowledge on child and family issues with my newly updated skills.”

Quah Saw Han
(PhD, NUS, 2015)
Department of Psychology

Vast opportunities with Department of Japanese Studies

Maria Thaemar

“I am currently in my second year of PhD studies with the Department of Japanese Studies. The program strongly encourages multidisciplinary discussions and exchanges and trains students to conduct rigorous and relevant researches. Since joining NUS in 2014, I have grown so much as an academic, thanks to the support of my professors and peers. There are always opportunities provided by FASS and the Department of Japanese Studies to learn more about my field and build networks with like-minded scholars through study trips and international conferences, and to develop my personal attributes and professional skills through seminars and workshops. I am very honoured to receive the teaching award and this will give me an extra boost of motivation to further improve my teaching.”

Maria Thaemar Camanag Tana
PhD Student, Department of Japanese Studies
Recipient of the Graduate Students’ Teaching Award

Singapore team clinched 3 silver medals and 1 bronze medal at international Geography Olympiad

Lianhe Zaobao

A Singapore team has clinched three silver medals and one bronze medal at the 12th International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) held in Tver, Russia, from 10 to 18 August 2015. The silver medalists are from Raffles Institution and the bronze medalist is from the School of the Arts.

The students were selected for their outstanding performance at the National Geography Talent Development Programme and NUS Geography Challenge 2014, organized by the FASS Department of Geography and NUS Geographical Society last year.

The students’ participation in iGeo was supported by the FASS Department of Geography, National Institute of Education and Geography Teachers’ Association of Singapore.

Launch of Subjectivities: A journal of Perspectives on Southeast Asia

Subjectivities: A journal of perspectives on Southeast Asia launched its inaugural issue and website on 18 August 2015.

The biannual publication is an undergraduate research journal, run by students and alumni from the Department of Southeast Asian Studies. Each issue tackles a specific theme concerning the region.

Its first issue, titled ‘Undersides’ features the works of 12 contributors from across the region – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia and is available for download here.

Subjectivities is also looking for students to join their team. Students will get the chance to learn more about what it takes to start and maintain an online publication through roles such as:

1) Editors

  • Possess an interest in a wide range of topics relating to Southeast Asia
  • Good time management
  • Able to effectively facilitate communication between contributors, copywriters and other stakeholders effectively
  • Good command of written English
  • Knowledge of a Southeast Asian language is helpful
  • Proficient in MS Word
  • Familiarity with InDesign is a plus
  • Interested applicants are to send a short writing sample. The writing sample can be a recent paper written for a FASS class

2) Designer/Web Manager

  • Good time management
  • Able to manage different platforms (website, social media)
  • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop and website editing
  • Interested applicants are to send in a portfolio of recent works (website design, publicity materials, graphic design, artworks etcetera)

Interested students are encouraged to send in their CVs to editor.subjectivities@gmail.com.

SCCI holds talk to commemorate pioneers, in conjunction with launch of ’47 Hill Street’ publication

Lianhe Zaobao

In conjunction with the launch of the commemorative book ’47 Hill Street’, the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a public talk on 15 August in which Department of Chinese Studies Associate Professor Wong Sin Kiong and students were invited to present their research on the lives of early Chinese business pioneers and their contributions to Singapore’s history.

Ambassador Chan Heng Chee: Master Storyteller

Lianhe Zaobao

Ambassador Chan Heng Chee, an eminent alumnus of FASS, was featured in Sunday’s edition of Lianhe Zaobao, along with five other exceptional Singaporeans, for their part in shaping Singapore and putting her on a global stage.

In the article, Ambassador Chan shared about her passion for teaching and her stint at the University of Singapore, a predecessor institution of NUS, which had lasted for more than 20 years. At present, she is a member of the NUS Board of Trustees.

Ambassador Chan also provided insights on her transition from academics to diplomacy, and how her cultural and artistic inspirations were a result of her exposure to Cantonese opera since young.

Contributing to the NUS Learning Experience


“I am currently doing my PhD degree under the guidance of Dr Trevor Penney from NUS and Dr Po-Jang (Brown) Hsieh from Duke-NUS. As a Russian student who studied and worked in the U.S., I was always fascinated with Asia and considered the NUS programme a natural extension of both my interests and academic career as NUS has a very competitive research focus. FASS has been very welcoming from the first days of study and the modules I have taken from the Department of Psychology were nothing short of exceptional. Since the graduate programme here places a lot of importance on teaching, I knew I would have to acquire some skills from the very start to do it right. In this, both the teaching workshops organised by FASS and the department, as well as some reading on the side, were of great help. The students’ intelligent questions, enthusiasm and feedback were extremely rewarding for me. I feel honoured to receive the teaching award and to contribute to the reputation of NUS as one of the finest universities in the world in terms of learning experience.”

Egor Ananyev
Graduate Student, Department of Psychology
Recipient of the Graduate Students’ Teaching Award