Congratulations!

The Faculty would like to congratulate the following students for being on the Dean’s Scholars List for Semester 1, AY2016/17!

Academic Year 2016/17, Semester 1

ALOYSIUS CHAN JUN HAO MIMANI TANVI
BENJAMIN LEOW WEI ONN MUHAMMAD SUHAIL B MOHAMED Y
BHANIRAMKA AKSHAT NG CHING XING SHIRLYN
CHAN JIA HAO NG SHENG CHUN
CHONG WEI YANG IVAN NG WAN JUN
CHUA HAN LIN NG YOU HAO
CLAUDIA TAN SHILIN OH YONG SHENG VINCENT
ELLIOT TAN CHEK KAI  ONG KUAN YUAN
GOH GABRIEL RYAN GOH WEI QUAN
GOH SENG CHUAN JOSHUA SAMANTHA RACHEL NAH MEI CHU
GOH TIONG ANN SAMUEL LEE WAN HENG
HAZIAH ASYRAN BINTE MOHAMED AZHARI SEE HUI NGOH
HO ZHI HAO, MOSES SEOW ZHI WEI DANIEL
HOH LAY PHENG, JULIA SHAWN LIM YOU HAO
KEVIN MARTENS WONG ZHI QIANG SIM YIK SIAN, MATTHEW
KHOO XUAN JIE JONATHAN STANLEY YIN YU-SHENG
KOH YUEN WAN TAN JIA MIN SARAH
KUA CHUN KIAT, EUGENE TAN KENG LENG
KWAY LI TING TAN PEI EN CABRINI
KWOK CI YI JONATHAN TAN SU CHEN JOAN
LEE SHING SHYAN TAN YANG TECK JONATHAN
LEOW YUAN PING, FELISE  TAN YI XUAN
LIM SUE ROE TAN YONG KIAN, SHERMAN
LIM WEI YANG JEREMY TAN ZHI AI LINETTE
LIM YI LIANG ZACHARY TEO HONG KIAT ANDY
LIN MINGLU HANNAH TON YONG HUI DESMOND
LIN XIAO’EN  YUEN WING SHAN
LUAN HAOYUE  ZHANG FANGYU
MICHELLE FONG JING TING

FASS Psychology Student Mr Elvis Tan Wins National-level Singapore Psychological Society Gold Medal

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We are delighted that our CDP (Concurrent Degree Programme) student Mr. Elvis W. S. Tan has snared the coveted Gold Award conferred by the Singapore Psychological Society at the national-level Student Research Awards on 1 October 2016, on the basis of his ongoing Integrated Thesis research mentored by Dr. Stephen Lim, Director of the NUS Cognition and Education Laboratory. This was a joint research venture with the Division of Cognitive Psychology in Education, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University.

The researchers comment: “Here, we explored the role of cognitive processes — global versus local processing styles — in students’ academic risk taking tendencies. Participants first read a short passage, which provided the context for their subsequent academic risk taking decisions. Following which, participants undertook the Navon’s task and attended to either global letters or local letters only, i.e., were either globally- or locally-primed. The effects of priming on academic risk taking were then assessed using a perception-based measure (Experiment 1) and a task-based measure (Experiment 2). Experiment 1 provided preliminary evidence, which Experiment 2 confirmed, that globally-focused individuals took more academic risk than did locally-focused individuals, after controlling for participants’ need for cognition (how much they enjoy effortful cognitive activities). Additionally, the inclusion of and comparisons with a control group in Experiment 2 revealed that locally-focused participants drove the observed effects. The theory of predictive and reactive control systems (PARCS) provides a cogent account of our findings. We discussed future directions and practical applications in education.”

The winning research, titled “The influence of global-local processing styles on academic risk taking”, has recently been accepted for publication in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (Impact Factor: 2.130).

Elvis shares his research experience: “Research – the notion of testing our ideas fairly and rigorously – is a truly integrative experience. The process of research is arduous, exciting, and humbling all at the same time. It has taught me to move forward with a sense of confidence and humility – not only in the field of research, but also in education and in life. Whilst research may seem like a primarily independent endeavour, this journey is fondly shared with mentors, family, friends, and eager participants. I would like to dedicate this award to the giant in my academic journey, Dr. Stephen Lim, for his dedication, guidance, and inspiration.”

We extend our congratulations to Elvis and Dr. Lim!

FASS Commencement Class Giving 2016

Back Row (left to right): Phua Pei Pei (ERSL staff), Jenny Tang (ERSL staff), Lui Yong Sheng, Sin Xin Yi, Swee Cheng Wei, Navin Vijay Wadhwani, A/P Loy Hui Chieh (Vice Dean, ERSL), Kenrick Chin Seated (left to right): Alicia Chua, Karen Ang, Clement Law
Back Row (left to right): Phua Pei Pei (ERSL staff), Jenny Tang (ERSL staff), Lui Yong Sheng, Sin Xin Yi, Swee Cheng Wei, Navin Vijay Wadhwani, A/P Loy Hui Chieh (Vice Dean, ERSL), Kenrick Chin
Seated (left to right): Alicia Chua, Karen Ang, Clement Law

FASS won the Top Achievement Award and Leap Award in this year’s Inter-faculty competition for the annual Commencement Class Giving campaign. The awards give recognition to the Faculty for the overall participation rate and the biggest improvement in participation rate of our undergraduate and postgraduate students respectively. This is the first time since the competition started in 2011 that FASS has won the Top Achievement Award for attaining the highest participation rate among faculties with over 1,200 graduating students.

The annual giving campaign is an initiative by NUS Development Office (DVO) that runs across the campus in a spirit of friendly competition to inspire commencing students to support bursaries or student programmes for their juniors. It is a collaborative effort with the External Relations and Student Life Division (ERSL) at the faculty.

The Leap Award is one of the two new categories that was added to the competition this year. The other new category is the Outstanding Achiever Award, which gives recognition to the top five fundraisers among more than 100 class champions campus-wide. We are proud to share that our Class Champions, Sin Xin Yi (Psychology) and Navin V. Wadhwani (Geography) came in 1st and 4th respectively for the Outstanding Achiever Award. On his experience as Class Champion, Xin Yi said: “After getting over the initial awkwardness of asking my friends and batch mates for their donations, I became more comfortable striking conversations with people I did not know, and telling them about the Campaign and how meaningful it would be to contribute to the Bursaries to support their juniors in financial aid.”

As a Class Champion, Navin was grateful for the opportunity to reaffirm old friendships with his fellow majors and make new ones with fellow Class Champions from FASS and other faculties. He said: “At the end of the day the Champions are just the final link in the chain, the heart of the Giving campaign are the donors and graduates themselves. Their contributions, no matter large or small, add up to something much bigger and meaningful in the long run.”

It is heartening to see an increasing number of Class Champions over the past few years. The Champions has made great and worthwhile effort to encourage their cohort to raise funds for the FASS Student Advancement Bursary in the midst of their own honours theses and assignments. These Class Champions will assume the role of Class Ambassadors after their graduation, and we look forward to continue working with them to enhance the connectivity among the alumni as well as with FASS.

We would like to thank the following Class Champions for their commendable efforts:

  1. Lim Bee Leng (Chinese Studies)
  2. Hsu Chen (Chinese Studies)
  3. Dominic Pang Jing Ping (Japanese Studies)
  4. Karen Ang Yunn Harn (Japanese Studies)
  5. Nurain Bte Mohammed Zulkepli (Malay Studies)
  6. Saraln Udomkichdecha (Southeast Asian Studies)
  7. Alicia Chua Mei Yin (English Language)
  8. Elliot Marcell Tan Yen Yun (English Literature)
  9. Chan Mun Keet Walter (Theatre Studies)
  10. Wang Shu Qin Sandy (History)
  11. Siti Rasyidah Bte Shiek A H (History)
  12. Adeline Chang See Mun (European Studies)
  13. Leong Jie Xiang (Philosophy)
  14. Esther Phua Ying Li (Philosophy)
  15. Toh Di Di Andy (Communications and New Media)
  16. Lee Sian Kang Philip (Communications and New Media)
  17. Teh Tien Li Cheryl (Communications and New Media)
  18. Kee Hwee Leng Amanda (Communications and New Media)
  19. Tey Shou Heng Jason (Economics)
  20. Swee Cheng Wei (Economics)
  21. Lui Yong Sheng (Economics)
  22. Jeslyn Tan Yi Ting (Economics)
  23. Sin Yueh Taur Anita (Geography)
  24. Navin Vijay Wadhwani (Geography)
  25. Zheng Zhangxin (Environmental Studies)
  26. Shaun Tay Yue Ming (Political Science)
  27. Law Yong Xiang Clement (Political Science)
  28. Kenrick Chin Jin Rui (Political Science)
  29. Christopher Chia Sheng Hui (Political Science)
  30. Muhammad Khairul Bin Abdul Rahim (Global Studies)
  31. Sin Xin Yi (Psychology)
  32. Soh Chang Yuan (Psychology)
  33. David Seah Teck Wai (Social Work)
  34. Chan Jianhong (Social Work)
  35. Damien Wong Li Jian (Sociology)
  36. Chang Siong Wei Angelique (Sociology)

Congratulations to our IFG 2016 FASS Participants!

Congratulations to the FASS Inter-Faculty Games 2016 participants for the excellent finish! They clinched second position overall and achieving a total score just one point short of the winning Faculty. In addition, they came in first place for seven events—including Men’s Volleyball, Women’s Handball, Table Tennis and even DOTA (a multiplayer battle arena video game)!

We are very proud of the enthusiasm and initiative they put into representing the Faculty in the sport/game they excel at, and greatly appreciate the hard work they have put in towards this achievement.

Click here for the full list of IFG 2016 results.

FASS Geography Students Win at GENC 2016

The team (from left) Liu Weiting, Jiang Xiaoshuang Grace, Raqibah Binte Abdul Razak & Fatin Farzana Binte Mishwan
The team (from left) Liu Weiting, Jiang Xiaoshuang Grace, Raqibah Binte Abdul Razak & Fatin Farzana Binte Mishwan

FASS would like to congratulate the NUS team comprising of FASS Geography students, Liu Weiting, Jiang Xiaoshuang Grace, Raqibah Binte Abdul Razak and Fatin Farzana Binte Miswan, on winning the Grand Prize at the Geoscience Exhibition and Competition (GENC) organised by the University Technology Petronas! The Prize consisted of a Trophy, Certificates of recognition and a cash prize of RM1000.

The team of four geographers beat 26 other participating teams from universities in South East Asia, which is a commendable feat especially because the NUS team were exposed to geology through only one or two modules.

The competition, held on 19 and 20 July 2016, consisted of two parts: the first part was a team oral presentation and the second involved putting up an exhibition of a poster, related material evidences and videos on the same theme. The NUS team name was “SENTOSA 4G SECRETS” and their work was based on the rocks of Sentosa (the one and only rock outcrop in Singapore that is accessible to general public and exposed only at low tides).

FASS Psychology Student Adalyn Heng Wins 2016 University Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize

FASS Highlights_OURP 2016-PhotoWe are delighted that Adalyn Heng from the Department of Psychology has been selected by the NUS as the sole FASS winner of the 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize (OURP), on the basis of her recent honours thesis research mentored by Dr Stephen Lim, Director of the NUS Cognition and Education Laboratory.

The researchers comment: “In educational settings, the ability to ask good questions is critical. In this study, we explored the extent to which retrieval practice can enhance learners’ ability to generate higher-order questions. Participants were randomly allocated to one of two learning groups, wherein they either studied a text per se (S_S_) or used a combination of repeated studying and repeated retrieval (SRSR). They returned a week later and generated questions based on the text which they had studied. We observed that participants in the SRSR group asked significantly more higher-order questions than did those in the S_S_ group. This observation has important implications for how we might improve classroom engagement and learning in the real world.”

In addition, Adalyn shares her research experience: “I have learnt the importance of reflection in the research process. At times, making progress on research requires one to take a step back to reflect on and reconnect with one’s initial purpose of embarking on the project. For example, the research process is often fraught with various methodological challenges, ranging from selecting (or developing) experimental materials, specifying the experimental task and conditions, to deciding what statistical tool to use to analyze the data. In addressing these methodological challenges, it is important to stay connected to the overarching purpose of the research and to not lose sight of the larger picture, which in this instance, is to ultimately enhance pedagogical practices. I owe what I have achieved thus far to Dr Lim’s patience and generosity in mentoring and nurturing me. I am beyond grateful.”

We extend our congratulations to Adalyn and Dr Lim!

NUS Psychology Society seminar: Looking at love and language from a psychological perspective (zbNOW, Page 4)

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Lianhe Zaobao

This was a report on an inaugural series of talks titled ‘Inspire.Psych’ which was organised by the NUS Psychology Society in March 2016. Targeted at non-psychology students, the talks aimed to help students understand how psychology can be applied to everyday life and also to provide a view of the world from a psychological perspective. The talks titled ‘How to attract the Love of your Life’ by Mr Kelvin Teng and ‘The Right of Language’ by Dr Travellia from FASS Department of Psychology focused on the topics of love and language.

Click here for the article in Mandarin.