Theatre Studies Major Bags Top Prize Award at TheatreWorks 24-hour Playwrighting Competition

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Isaac Lim Jue Hao, a final year Theatre Studies major from the Department of English Language and Literature, has won the top prize at the annual 24-Hour Playwrighting Competition with his play Between Consciousness.

The competition was organised by TheatreWorks Writer’s Laboratory Writing & Community in partnership with the South East Community Development Council. This year’s edition was held from 6 to 7 June at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) which boasts of lush greenery that provided a serene and calm environment for the promising playwrights to develop their plays.

Recently, we caught up with Isaac to congratulate him on his achievement and to find out more about his winning entry Between Consciousness.

1. Congratulations on the achievement! How do you feel about the award?

It came as a surprise! I was not expecting to win anything this year. This is my fifth time participating in the competition. I attempted a different style of writing this time round and am glad the work resonated with the judges. I’m very encouraged by the award as it recognises my effort as well as my craft. It pushes me to want to explore playwrighting and creative writing even more.

2. Why did you decide to join the competition?

I’ve always been interested in playwrighting and have been regularly taking part in the competition. This year, however, the impetus was definitely the unique venue – the IMH at Buangkok Green. It’s a place that I would not have visited if not for this opportunity. I’ve always treated the event itself as less of a competition and more of a writing retreat. I love to write and taking a weekend off to generate new work cannot be a more perfect break from everything.

3. Tell us more about Between Consciousness.

Between Consciousness is itself an exploration of mental illness and society. The play itself is non-sequitur and crazy. It runs as two parallel stories; one tells about a father and his autistic child and another a mental health doctor coming to terms with expectations of his patients, family and the society. I’d like to think people have alter-egos between different consciousness in their minds and one can never can quite tell fantasy from reality.

4. What was the inspiration behind it?

The father and child story was inspired by a teacher-mentor of mine, who regularly shares stories about his autistic child and their adventures. It has made me rethink about children with special needs and how society looks at them.

At IMH, we learnt that there are many “mental illnesses” that are not apparent to the society. I decided to attempt a pastiche of it all which was presented in a madcap way and hopefully is serious enough to shed light on the matter.

I myself have had episodes of epileptic seizures and a distant cousin with a mental illness thus my personal experiences or “adventures” contributed in part to my writing.

5. Describe the 24-hour playwriting competition experience. (The difficulties faced, the memorable bits etcetera) 

We were given the – for the lack of a better word – craziest yet creative stimuli at different times throughout the 24-hour period. These items had to be incorporated into the play in chronological order of their appearance. This includes specific lines a character said and non-specific abstract “objects” like Mamee Monster snacks or a black thrash bag filled with air. They say experience makes it easier, but I’ll deny that. You can never quite expect what the game-masters throw at you, so you just have to keep writing.

It is interesting to make friends at such competitions. Everyone is there to indulge in the passion of playwrighting, so chatting and sharing snacks and drinks during the long night is really fun. It’s akin to a big sleepover party with the most diverse bunch of creatives. It’s nice hitting ideas off one another. Writing is not all that mundane and anti-social act.

6. What is your takeaway from the competition?

Everyone is a bit mental but we should never shy away from admitting or recognising that.

With regards to the competition itself, I believe there is no fixed way of writing for a competition but it is definitely best to try different styles. Even if we don’t emerge as winners, we will walk away with a piece of fresh writing and an experience that is unmatched. The accomplishment of finishing a writing under such constrains is in itself pleasurable in many ways.

7. What are your future plans with regard to theatre and the arts?

I’m currently a final year Theatre Studies major, so I will definitely will be involved in theatre and the arts in one way or another. I do hope that upon graduation, should I not find a job in a theatre organisation, I will still find time to play with like-minded peers. I like to write as much as I like to devise works thus hopefully I will continue to push my creativity and generate new works in the near future.

TheatreWorks 24-hour playwrighting competition winners with guest-of-honour Dr Maliki Osman
TheatreWorks 24-hour playwrighting competition winners with guest-of-honour Dr Maliki Osman

The Faculty wishes Isaac all the best in his future undertakings!

 

FASS Commencement Class Giving 2015

A. FASS Class Champions ready to take on the challenge to fund-raise for their juniors
FASS Class Champions ready to take on the challenge to raise fund to support their juniors.

The Commencement Class Giving campaign at FASS took off to a heartening start with the recruitment of 34 class champions across the departments at the beginning of this year. 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.

B. Class champions soliciting gifts from fellow graduating classmates
Soliciting gifts from fellow students.

 

C. Our Class Champions, Asst Dean AProf Loy and Vice Dean AProf Chang of External Relations and Student Life in high spirit at the collection booth
Class Champions in high spirit with Asst Dean A/Prof Loy Hui Chieh and Vice Dean A/Prof TC Chang of FASS’ External Relations and Student Life Division at the Class Giving Collection Booth.

Despite the busy schedule of their final semester at NUS, the class champions went all out to encourage their graduating classmates to make their gifts in support of the FASS Student Advancement Bursary Fund. In addition to setting up booths at the AS1 walkway and gown collection to solicit gifts, the class champions also reached out to their friends through various social media platforms and their departments’ social gatherings to raise funds.  Though some of them found it challenging to fund-raise initially, many of the class champions felt the experience was meaningful and enjoyed the friendship they forged through the process. According to David Hoe, Economics Class champion 2015, “Though it was a short few months of fundraising, I feel I have grown and have been inspired through serving alongside my fellow passionate comrades. More than that, those who gave also encouraged me to go the extra mile”.

D. Appreciation Dinner for FASS Class Champions for their hard work in the semester-long campaign
Appreciation Dinner to thank the class champions for their hard work in the semester-long campaign.

 

E. Commencement Class Giving Ceremony
Class Champions receiving Certificate of Appreciation from Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye at the Annual Giving Appreciation Night (FASS Class Champions Varun and Darryl standing third and fourth from the right).

The hard work of our class champions paid off handsomely when the competition results were announced at the end of August. A total of 25.8% of the commencing undergraduate cohort made gifts of at least $10 each, totaling S$ 8,617 for the bursary fund. Their achievement led to FASS being awarded second place for the Best Participation Award (among large faculties with over 1,000 graduating students). Their enthusiasm and committed effort also won FASS the inaugural Volunteer Excellence Award as the faculty with the most number of active student champions.

F. FASS awarded the Inaugural Volunteer Excellence Award for the most number of active student champions
FASS awarded the Inaugural Volunteer Excellence Award for the faculty with the most number of active champions.

We would like to thank the following class champions for their commendable efforts:

  • Kok Wang Lin (Chinese Studies)
  • Tong Wenxu (Chinese Studies)
  • Loh Sze Ming (Communications and New Media)
  • Louis Puah (Communications and New Media)
  • Grace Leong (Communications and New Media)
  • Lee Kai Shun (Communications and New Media)
  • David Hoe (Economics)
  • Roshan Kumar Belani (Economics)
  • Zachary Low (English Literature)
  • Timothy Joshua Ong (English Language)
  • Gladys Sim (English Language)
  • Wendy Ang (Environmental Studies)
  • Loo Wen Bin (Geography)
  • Kayley Ng (Geography)
  • Reuben Lim (European Studies)
  • Nathalie Ng (History)
  • Li Ling (History)
  • Philine Yong (Japanese Studies)
  • Nur’izzah Mohamad Afandi (Malay Studies)
  • Siti Nursamihah Jeffrey (Philosophy)
  • Daryl Ooi (Philosophy)
  • Darryl Lee (Political Science)
  • Varun Khemaney (Political Science)
  • Boris Wong (Global Studies)
  • Ace Ong (Psychology)
  • Ho Si Min (Psychology)
  • Elizabeth Chew (Psychology)
  • Ng Yi Ying (Social Work)
  • Muhammad Ilham Firdaus Omar Ali (Social Work)
  • Faris B. Ridzuan (Sociology)
  • Michelle Teo (Sociology)
  • Jayasutha Samuthiran (Political Science and South Asian Studies)
  • Diviyapriya Naidu d/o Vijayan (South Asian Studies)
  • Cindy Lin (Southeast Asian Studies)

Upon their commencement, the class champions now assume the role of class ambassadors. We take delight in knowing that FASS will remain connected to this wonderful group of selfless students, and we hope to be able to work with them on meaningful causes in the future.

Class Champions appointed as Class Ambassadors at the Investitute organized by OAR
Class Champions appointed as Class Ambassadors at the Investitute organized by OAR

FASS Club Bagged Silver Award at the Annual NUSSU Rag & Flag 2015

This year, FASS Club bagged the Silver Award at the annual NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU) Rag & Flag 2015.

Unlike in previous years, Rag Day 2015 was held on a grand scale at The Float @ Marina Bay in conjunction with the nation’s Jubilee celebrations as well as NUS 110th anniversary. The theme was “Where I Belong – To be with the People”, deviating from the regular narrative themes that bound past Rag Day competitions. This allowed more room for interpretation, expression and creativity.

FASS Club’s storyline for its float display and performance features various architectural landmarks that resonate with the modern Singaporean.

A lot of thought and time were put into the arrangements of the floats and dance. As such, preparations were well underway as early as September last year – starting out with a recruitment drive for participants.

Nicholas Tan Jing Wen, chairperson of the Freshmen Orientation Programme says, “Preparations for this year required far more specialist knowledge, as this was the first year in a long time that the Rag Committee has had to put up a night performance. This meant that previously neglected components of performance such as lighting, sound quality and videography had to be taken into account.”

Moving the float components into the delivery truck
Moving the float components into the delivery truck

 

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Moving the float components to the stage

“Additionally, the external venue meant we had to increase the durability of our floats. Concerns such as transportation of the items, modular design and even luminosity of the paint had to be taken into account,” he added.

The planning and construction of the float only began last December and May this year respectively. In May, the number of helpers doubled as the freshmen were able to help.

As much as possible the Club tried to incorporate the use of recycled materials, gathered from collection drives, at every stage of the construction process. The structure of the float comprised recycled metal L-bars and cardboards while numerous Yakult bottles and newspapers formed the intricate patterns that injected more life to the floats.

In total, a 13-member Rag Committee, 18 float engineers and 38 dancers were involved in the entire process. The result was a dazzling float display and a spectacular dance performance that wowed the spectators that night.

HDBs
HDBs

 

Spot the FASS Building
Spot the FASS Building

 

Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay

 

Iconic Singapore Playground
Iconic Singapore Playground

 

The Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer

 

Dance rehearsal with the props
Dance rehearsal with the props

 

FASS Club takes the stage at Rag Day Competition 2015
FASS Club takes the stage at Rag Day Competition 2015

Picture Credits: NUS Arts Rag and Flag

FASS Awards Ceremony 2015

The Faculty would like to congratulate all the award recipients for their outstanding academic achievements in the past academic year!

Here is the full list of winners at the FASS Awards Ceremony 2015:

Graduate Students Teaching Award (GSTA) Honour Roll
Muhammad Kamal Jauhari Bin Zaini Sociology
Nandabalan Panneerselvam English Language & Literature
Shobha Vadrevu Communications & New Media
Yuan Ye Economics

 

Graduate Students Teaching Award (GSTA) For Teaching Undertaken in 2 semesters
Ang Cong Ping Clara Geography
Fong Chun Wai Japanese Studies
Pauline Luk Po Ling Communications & New Media
Ritu Jain South Asian Studies
Sandeep Singh History
Zhang Wan Chinese Studies

 

Graduate Students Teaching Award (GSTA) For Teaching Undertaken in Semester 2, AY2013-14
Cai Xianhui Nicholas Philosophy
Chua Cheng Ying Geography
Hong Bei Economics
Lu Yunfeng Economics
Maria Thaemar Camanag Tana Japanese Studies
Wong Wei Li English Language & Literature
Yang Guangpu Economics

 

Name Graduate Students Award Department
Chew Tao Teng Bobby Png Poh Seng Prize History
Heng Yuan Hao Singapore Association of Writers Gold Medal Chinese Studies
Hu Shu Ananda Rajah Prize For Best PhD Thesis Sociology
Lee Jia Zhen, Eileen Lim Chong Yah Gold Medal Economics
Miguel Escobar Varela Wang Gungwu Medal And Prize For The Best PhD Thesis in the Social Sciences/Humanities English Language & Literature
Netty Haiffaq Binte Zaini Mattar Maurice Baker Prize English Language & Literature
Omar Basri Bin Sulaimir Benjamin Batson Gold Medal Southeast Asian Studies
Sandeep Singh Tan Suan Imm History Prize (Best Masters History Student for Graduate Teaching) History
Shin Sojin SICCI Prize For South Asian Studies (Best PhD Dissertation) South Asian Studies
Tan Junbin Lee Foundation Prize Sociology
Wong Kian Hoe Charles Lee Foundation Gold Medal In Chinese Studies Chinese Studies

 

Name Undergraduate Scholarship Awards
Andrea Ong Wanying Alice Goh Scholarship
Carene Lee Ting Wei Mr and Mrs Ngiam Fook Quee Memorial Scholarship (for Social Work)
Kenrick Chin Jin Rui Ian and Peony Ferguson Scholarship
Leong Chao Yang FASS Advancement Scholarship
Ng Kai Ambrose Master of Social Work Scholarship
Ng Zhi Yuan Juliana Ian and Peony Ferguson Scholarship
Ong Junlong Ian and Peony Ferguson Scholarship
Pang Khai Xin Ong Chit Chung Memorial Scholarship
Rachel Koh Min Choo FASS Advancement Scholarship
Rebekah Valerie Yeo Yi Wei Mr and Mrs Ngiam Fook Quee Memorial Scholarship (for Economics)
Tan Zhi Ai Linette Mr and Mrs Ngiam Fook Quee Memorial Scholarship (for Social Work)
Toh Di Di Andy FASS Advancement Scholarship

 

Name Undergraduate Awards
Aloysius Chan Jun Hao Shell Bronze Medal (Overall 3rd)
Andrea Brendan Ang Chin Wei Special Book Prize (Geography)
Andrea Ong Wanying Social Work Prize (Donated By Singapore Prison Service) (Social Work)
Aow Jie Sheng University Of Singapore Economics Society Book Prize (Economics)
Aw Yong Zuang Yun Psychology Prize (Donated By Singapore Prison Service) (Psychology)
Bernadette Chin Siew Hui NTUC Medal (Overall 1st)
Daiwa Prize
  Philosophy Book Prize(Philosophy)
Bian He Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Chester Wong Ci De Gerald De Cruz Memorial Prize (Political Science)
Christy Lai Hwee Ying Rosie Heng-Ko Poh Choo Gold Medal ( Sociology)
Chua Han Lin Singapore Economic Review Book Prize (Economics)
Debra Lee Ling The Fulbright Association (Singapore) Award
Diana Afiqah Bte Mohamed J CLS Tamil Language Prize (Tamil Language)
Estee Chua Ke Xin Straits Steamship Prize  (History / Political Science)
Eugene Yao Deng Gui Special Book Prize (Philosophy)
Foo Zhou Jie Aloysius Benjamin Batson History Prize (History)
Wong Lin Ken Memorial Medal & Book Prize (History)
Gan Wei Kiat Vincent Mitsui Chemicals Medal And Prize (Japanese Studies)
Mitsui Chemicals Medal And Prize (Japanese Studies)
Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal (Overall)
Gong Yuan Special Book Prize (Sociology)
Annie Tan (Mrs Wan Boo Sow) Prize 陳玉貞 (雲茂潮夫人) 奖
Grace Chong Si En Special Book Prize (Chinese Language)
Hoe Tze Han MAS Academic Excellence Prize (Economics)
Hong Yunfang Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Translation) Prize (Chinese Studies)
Jenny Ganeshrays ACBC Gold Medal (English Literature)
Kenrick Chin Jin Rui Political Science Book Prize (Political Science)
Kevin Martens Wong Zhi Qiang Special Book Prize (English Language)
Khoo Chian Yian Kenneth Ministry Of Trade And Industry (Economist Service) Best Thesis Prize (Economics)
Koh Yuen Wan Special Book Prize (English Literature)
Kok Wang Lin Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Wan Boo Sow (Chinese Studies Minor) Prize “雲 茂 潮” (Minor)
Tan Kah Kee Gold Medal For Chinese Studies (Chinese Studies)
Wan Boo Sow Medal And Prize For Outstanding Bilingual (Chinese/English) Graduand In FASS 雲茂潮(文学暨社会科学院)杰出双语(中文/英文)毕业生奖
Kristabelle Tan Chu Qian NUSS Medal For Outstanding Achievement
Kwok Ci Yi Jonathan Wan Boo Sow Prize For Outstanding Bilingual (Chinese/English) Undergraduate In FASS 雲茂潮(文学暨社会科学院)杰出双语(中文/英文) 本科生奖
Lee Jia Jin Kristy CLS Prize For The Best FASS Student In Japanese Language (Japanese Language)
CLS Japanese Language Prize (Japanese Language)
Lee Sin Poh Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Translation) Prize (Chinese Studies)
Lee Wei Yu Darryl CLS Malay Language Prize (Malay Language)
Lee Xin Raffles Hotel Gold Medal For Theatre Studies (Theatre Studies)
Lee Yueh Jia Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Translation) Prize (Chinese Studies)
Lee Zi Ning CLS Korean Language Prize (Korean Language)
Leon Gaw Yan Feng SLA Geospatial Medal And Prize (Geography)
Leong Chao Yang Wan Boo Sow Medal And Prize For Outstanding Bilingual (Chinese/English) Graduand In FASS 雲茂潮(文学暨社会科学院)杰出双语(中文/英文)毕业生奖
Kernial Singh Sandhu Prize (Southeast Asian)
Leow Chun Beng Singapore Airlines Medal (Overall 1st)
Leow Yuan Ping Felise Special Book Prize (Political Science)
Leslie Choo Han Hui Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Lim Bee Leng NTUC Medal (Overall 3rd)
Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Annie Tan (Mrs Wan Boo Sow) Prize 陳玉貞 (雲茂潮夫人) 奖
Lim Guan Liang NTUC Income Prize (Communications And New Media)
Lim Jing Ci Jill Special Book Prize (Communications And New Media)
Lim Kai Hui CLS Thai Language Prize (Thai Language)
Lin Chunhai Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Bilingual) Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Lin Kuibin Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Lin Liang Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Translation) Prize (Chinese Studies)
Liu Mengjie Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” Prize  (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Liu Quanyi You Poh Seng Prize In Econometrics
Loh Kai Quan Singapore Journal Of Tropical Geography Book Prize (Geography)
Loh Yee Wei Clare CNM Best Communication Management Prize (Communications And New Media)
Loong Xiu Fen Shona National University Of Singapore Geographical Society Gold Medal (Geography)
Lu Zhengwen The National University Of Singapore Society Medal  (Gold) (English Literature)
Madelyn Nicole Usher Political Science Book Prize (Political Science)
Matthew Peh Tian Jing Singapore Dental Association Book Prize (English Language)
Michael Jonathan Basaldella Wee Mon Cheng Medal (Overall 3rd)
Muhammad Alif B Zaini Special Book Prize (Southeast Asian Studies)
Muhammad B Mohamed Farid National University Of Singapore Geographical Society Gold Medal (Geography)
Muhammad Hanif B Ahmad Fuad Special Book Prize (Malay Studies)
Navin Vijay Wadhwani NTUC Medal (Overall 2nd)
Neo Jia Hui Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Bilingual) Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Annie Tan (Mrs Wan Boo Sow) Prize 陳玉貞 (雲茂潮夫人) 奖
Ng Jie Xin Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Bilingual) Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Nur Zakiah Bte Abdul Hamid Jamiyah Book Prize, Special Book Prize (Malay Studies)
Nurain Bte Mohammed Zulkepli Berita Harian / Berita Minggu Gold Medal (Malay Studies)
Nur’Izzah Bte Mohamad Afandi Malay Heritage Foundation Prize (Hadiah Yayasan Warisan Melayu (Malay Studies)
Nusrat Jahan S.A.T. Alsagoff Arabic Language Prize (Arabic Language)
Oh Hyun Jung Special Book Prize (Sociology)
Oh Yong Sheng Vincent Shell Bronze Medal (Overall 3rd)
Ong Zhi Jia Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Bilingual) Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Ou Yong Wai Mun Michelle Jazmyn Chelliah Medal And Prize (Psychology)
Poh Bing Rong Tan Boon Khak Gold Medal (Sociology)
Poh Yu Hui Annie Tan (Mrs Wan Boo Sow) Medal And Prize
Rachel Lim Siew Min CLS German Language Prize (German Language)
Sarun Udomkichdecha The Institute Of Southeast Asian Studies Prize (Southeast Asian)
Sebastian Sim Wei Quan Japanese Chamber Of Commerce & Industry Singapore Foundation Gold Medal (Japanese Studies)
Shaun Ang Zhixian Psychology Prize (Donated By Singapore Prison Service) (Psychology)
Siah Jin Kim Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Bilingual) Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Sim Yong En Daniel Special Book Prize (Theatre Studies)
Siti Nur Diyanah Binte Hardy AMP Prize
Soh Wen Shi Micole Annie Tan (Mrs Wan Boo Sow) Prize 陳玉貞 (雲茂潮夫人) 奖
Tan Hong Jie Colin Psychology Prize (Donated By Singapore Prison Service)
(Psychology)
Tan Jie Qi Lynette Social Work Prize (Donated By Singapore Prison Service)
(Social Work)
Tan Ling Ai Lisa Economic Society Of Singapore Gold Medal (Economics)
Tan Qiu Xuan Wong Peng Koon Prize For Law And Social Work Practice (Social Work)
Tan Yin Yun Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Translation) Prize (Chinese Studies)
Tan Zi Qing Special Book Prize (Chinese Language)
Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Tang Wai Hong Special Book Prize (Social Work)
Singapore Association Of Social Workers’ Gold Medal (Social Work)
Teo Hui Yan Sarah Journal Of Southeast Asian Studies Book Prize (History)
Teo Jia Min Jasmine Minerva Prize (English Language)
Teo Jia Yu Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Bilingual) Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Teo Tian Ping Joshua Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Bilingual) Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Tong Wenxu Wan Boo Sow (Chinese Studies Minor) Prize “雲 茂 潮” (Minor)
Truong Bach Quynh Nhu CLS Chinese Language Prize (Chinese Language)
Vivian Goh Yit Min OCBC Gold Medal (Overall 1st)
Wang Yushi Shell Silver Medal (Overall 2nd)
Wang Zhaolin Special Book Prize (Chinese Studies)
Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Wang Ziwei George Edwin Bogaars Memorial Book Prize (History)
Wewalaarachchi Sakunika V Chng Heng Lay Memorial Prize (Sociology)
Wong Siew Fong Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Bilingual) Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Yan Saifan Wee Mon Cheng Medal (Overall 2nd)
Yang Shuang Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Yang Shuyi Annie Tan (Mrs Wan Boo Sow) Medal And Prize
Yap Wei Chiang Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal (Overall)
Sociology Gold Medal (Sociology)
Yue Yong Sheng Chinese Opera Society Of Singapore Gold Medal (Theatre Studies)
Zeng Jin Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” Prize (Chinese Studies / Chinese Language)
Zhang Jie Wan Boo Sow “雲 茂 潮” (Chinese Studies Translation) Prize (Chinese Studies)
Zhang Sanqian Lim Tay Boh Memorial Medal  (Gold) (Economics)
Zhou Jiajia Special Book Prize (Japanese Studies)
Zoeleen Leow Shi Xuan Robert C K Loh Prize For Top Student In Gerontology (Social Work)

 

Dean’s Scholars List, AY2014-15, Semester 2
Abigail Lum Yan Yi Lee Wilson Soon Jia Wei Rachel
Ang Wee Chuan Alan Leow Chun Beng Subramaniam Singaram
Astrid Lim Lim Wee Ping Tan Kai En
Bernadette Chin Siew Hui Lin Xiangting Bernice Tan Ling Ai Lisa
Chan Ting Yi Luu Nguyen Trieu Duong Tan Yijing
Chew Yi Peng Lisa Madelyn Nicole Usher Thatchinamoorthy S/O Krshnan
Dawn Tan Jia Yun Matthew Peh Tian Jing Theng Tze Ting, Joan
Fung Ka Kin Michael Jonathan Basaldella Toh Jun Lin Joseph
Heng Xin Yu Nicholas Toh Weibin Wong Hui Shan
Henry Lim Junwei Ong Jun Wei Timothy Joshua Wong Yan-Kit Kenny
Huang Xuewen Sarun Udomkichdecha Ooi Yi Yee Clarissa
Jazreel Ho Li Ying Sim Yuin Theng

 

Dean’s List, AY2014-15, Semester 1
Adrian Yeoh Kar Hong Gabriel Goh Shyue Sian Lee Wilson
Akshaya Gautham Goh Jia Chen Judy Lee Xue Ning Vanessa
Alison Chew Miew Yi Goh Jia Ling Jeslyn Leong Jia Hui Vanessa
Amanda Tang Jing Qing Goh Li Ling Rayna Leong Wei Ling
Andrea Ong Wanying Goh Siu Li Leow Chun Beng
Ang Yee Hong, Dennis Gong Yuan Lesa Adriana Heng Hui Beber
Arthur Lim Yuan De Grace Ng Mei Fong Letisha Sarah Fong Rui Zhen
Ashley Gerard Loo San Sien Haniel Soh En Han Lim Bee Leng
Au Shi Yi Hannah Lois Ng Lim Boon Pin
Bernadette Chin Siew Hui Heng Ek Khai Reynold Lim Jin Ming
Calvin Kurniawan Ho Xin Qian Lim Lay Ting
Chan Qy Hoe Tze Han Lim Si Min Sally
Chan Zi Jun Hong Yunfang Lim Xing Kang Norman
Charmaine Lee Siew Ling Hsu Chen Lim Zhen
Cheang Min Kristin Huang Xuewen Lin Chunhai
Chen Jizhou Janice Lee Jia Hui Lin Kaiyang
Chen Ziyue Jenny Ganeshrays Lin Rongxian Timothy
Cheng Zhi Wei Jiang Zeliang Liu Xiaman, Justin
Cheryl Lim Joan Mak Kai-Lin Loh Kai Quan
Chew Yan Kai Joey Tok Jiahuan Loh Sze Ming
Chew Yi Hern Daryl John Yu Zhi Xian Loh Yi Chin
Chiang Yin Tian Kelman Josephine Seah Siew Hui Loke Yu Kang James
Chloe Chan Su Lin Karen Ang Mei Yi Loo Soh Leng
Chng Teck Sing Keith Tan Quan-Lai Low Mei Ling
Chong Hwee Jane Kelvin Teo Jian Hao Low Wei Jing Zachary
Chong Ning Qian Kevin Martens Wong Zhi Qiang Low Yi Tat Jonathan
Chong Wei Yang Ivan Koh Jin-Yuan Nicholas Low Yon
Chor Xue Li Koh Pang Ming Jared Lu Si Hong
Chow Zhi Li Kelly Koh Tze Hock Lucille Annabelle Latiff
Christy Lai Hwee Ying Kok Wang Lin Lui Zhenyu
Chua Joon Kiat Koo Ming Yew Matthew Lum En-Ci
Darrell Loh Shiqi Kwok Ci Yi Jonathan Lum Jia Hui
David Premsharan S/O R M Lam Fu Yuan Kevin Mac Hoai Linh
D’cruz Mervin Mark Leanne Tay Hwee Inn Marcus Wee Rui Zheng
Debbie Yeo Lee Guoju Matthew Peh Tian Jing
Dexter Tay Hai Hong Lee Hexun Michael Jonathan Basaldella
Drishti Baid Lee Huixian Melody Michelle Fong Jing Ting
Elysia Teh Xin Yue Lee Jia Lun Muhammad Alif B Zaini
Eugene Teo Junkai Lee Jieqi Muhammad Suhail B Mohamed Y
Fang Ruoming Lee Kaishun Navin Vijay Wadhwani
Fung Ka Kin Lee Sze Ern Ivan Neo Xinyi
Gaayatri Kumaran Lee Wei Ming Eugene Ng Ding Jie
Ng Gek Ting Melissa See Cheng Hui Cassandra Terh Shin Huoy
Ng Hui Lin Felicia Seet Wan Jin Crystal Toh Xiao Wee
Ng Jia Le Shaniece Wee Yi Xuan Toh Xin Hui
Ng Mong Yi Clarence Sharon Lim Ming Wei Toh Yee Wei
Ng Wei En Jonathan Shaun Ang Zhixian Varumporn Tantiwasinchai
Ng Yu Xin Sim Wan’er Victoria-Marie Jean Er Xue Min
Ng Zhi Yong Sim Yi Jin Gladys Wang Heshuang
Nguyen Hoang Diem An Sim Yong En Daniel Wang Zhaolin
Nur Afiqah Bte Zamri Sin Yueh Taur Anita Wang Zhenzhe
Oh Hyun Jung Siong Li Qing Jeannie Wong Huai’en Joash
Ong Jun He Soh Hui Xin Wong Jia Yi Geraldine
Ong Jun Wei Timothy Joshua Stephanie Wong Soon Yen Wong Kang Li
Ong Jun Yuan Tabitha Tan Xin Ci Wong Liang Hui
Ong Junlong Tan Hui Han Wong Shao-Ren Boris
Ong Zhi Jia Tan Hui Min Wong Siew Fong
Ouyang Huixiang Tan Hui Zhen Wong Tung Hou Kevin
Patrick Cho Chung Ting Tan Jing Yi Germaine Xue Weijian
Peh Jia Hao Tan Kai En Yan Saifan
Phyllis Oh Yen Jun Tan Ling Ai Lisa Yang Baolong
Prasatt S/O Arumugam Tan Li-Wun Kathleen Yap Sin Hou
Priscilla Khong Li Mei Tan Pei Xian Yap Wei Chiang
Qian Shunan Tan Peng Sing Yeo Boon Ping
Raashi Banka Tan Yi Lin Michelle Yeo Kai Ting June
Rajpal Singh S/O Harvinder S Tan Yong En Yeo Mang Li Gabrielle
Roshan Kumar Belani S/O Om Prakash Tan Zi Qing Yeo Pei Shi
Sakshi Dovedy Tang Kai Ying Yeo Shang Long
Samuel Lee Wan Heng Tang Rei-En Zhang Chen
Sarah Choy Hui Min Tay Yongyao Melvin Zhang Sanqian
Seah Qian Ye Tek Yong Jian Zhuo Weicong Nigel
Seah Yi Jing Teo Jia Min Jasmine Zoenin Ang Zuo Ning
Sebastian Ang Tau Teo Tian Ping Joshua
Sebastian Sim Wei Quan Teo Wei Tian Charlene

 

 

 

Dean’s List, AY2014-15, Semester 2
Abigail Lum Yan Yi Chew Yan Kai Sophie Leong Shu Jing
Adalyn Heng Qiu Hui Chew Yi Peng Lisa Gea Chong Wee
Akshay Jain Chia Kah Hin Aaron Gloria Pang Xiu Jing
Alicia Seah Xin Hui Chiew Zheng Yu Alexander Goh Jia Chen Judy
Aloysius Koh Wei Lun Choo Huier Goh YI LI
Andrea Brendan Ang Chin Wei Chua Chu Yi Anne Marie Gong Yuan
Ang Wee Chuan, Alan Chua Qiu Lin Dolly Han Ee Jiog Althea
Ang Wei Jia Chua Soon Yik, Abraham Heng Lin Hui Vanessa
Anjana Ramkumar Cindy Lin Kaiying Heng Xin Yu
Astrid Lim Daryl Ooi Shen Heng Yu Tse
Aw Zhan Quan David Premsharan S/O R Mohanadas Henry Lim Junwei
Bernadette Chin Siew Hui Dawn Tan Jia Yun Ho Hui Ni
Brandon Chye Zhi Han Deborah Dominique Chan Ruimin Ho Sheng Chao
Bryan Chan Jia Hao Deepika Devarajan Hoe Tze Han
Chan Qy Deng Lan Hong Guo Harn
Chan Si Yin Denise Yuen Hui Xian Hoon Jun-Hui Esther
Chan Ting Yi Devapriya Unni Huang Xuewen
Charmaine Lee Siew Ling Drishti Baid Huang Yu Huai
Chee Qian Wen Eugene Yao Deng Gui Jasmine Toh Shuyan
Chelsea Tan Yuan Yun Fang Ruoming Jazreel Ho Li Ying
Chen Jizhou Foo Shi Hin Glenn Jenny Ganeshrays
Chen Luqi Gabriel Goh Shyue Sian Joshua Ng Pang Shern
Justin Ross Clarke Low Chin Yang Joycelyn Yeo Lin
Kang Ni Ying Bianca Luu Nguyen Trieu Duong Subramaniam S/O Singaram
Kellie Chua Jia Qi Madelyn Nicole Usher Ta Yu Ze, Matthew
Kenrick Chin Jin Rui Mahtani Rahul Vikram Tan Aik Seng
Kevin Martens Wong Zhi Qiang Maryam Bte Abdul Razak Tan Chen Yang Calvin
Koa Quan Wei Matthew Peh Tian Jing Tan Hong Jie Colin
Koh Yuen Wan Michael Jonathan Basaldella Tan Hui Xin Jessica
Kok Chun Hong Muhammad Alif B Zaini Tan Ling Ai, Lisa
Kwok Ci Yi Jonathan Muhammad B Mohamed Farid Tan Li-Wun Kathleen
Langston Peh Song Yun Muhammad Hazique B Salahudin Tan Mei See
Lau Hiu Wai Neo Jia Hui Tan Ruijie
Lee Boon Khiang Eugene Neo Yan Ting Emily Tan Shi Yin
Lee Jiong Le Ng Boon Liang Clarence Tan Si En
Lee Kai Ling Ng Ching Sheng Tan Xuan Kai
Lee Kai Tai Ng Ching Xing Tan Yijing
Lee Ken Kiat Ng Gek Ting Melissa Tan Zhi Ai Linette
Lee Sze Zhin Ng Jingwen Charmaine Tan-Min
Lee Tian Xiang Andy Ng Song Yuan Teo Lixin Melissa
Lee Wilson Nguyen Hoang Diem An Teo Tian Ping Joshua
Lee Xue Ning Vanessa Nicholas Toh Weibin Teo Wei Tian Charlene
Lee Zhe Jie Nicholas Nur Hasinah Binte Abdul Kaffur Terh Shin Huoy
Leong Chao Yang Ong Jun Wei Timothy Joshua Thatchinamoorthy S/O Krshnan
Leong Si Min Celine Ooi Yi Yee Theng Tze Ting, Joan
Leow Chun Beng Pearline Ng Pei Ling Theng Yuan Seng Andre Joseph
Leow Yuan Ping Felise Peh Zi En Kimberly Toh Jun Lin Joseph
Li Wensi Phor Huilin Toh Sze Min
Lim En Qi Chloe Poh Wee Kang Toh Xinyi Cindi
Lim Jing Ci Jill Poh Yu Ting Vinod Ashvin Ravi
Lim Khoon Liang Puay Ni Yi Wang En Yeow
Lim Pei Wei Madeleine Qian Shunan Wang Ziwei
Lim Sue Rou Raashi Banka Wee Ghim Khoon Clement
Lim Wan Qin Charmaine Russell Yoong Kuok Leong Wong Hui Shan
Lim Wee Ping Ryan Goh Wei Quan Wong Yan-Kit Kenny
Lim Wei Han Wilson Sarah Chin Su Reen Xue Weijian
Lim Wenmin Brenda Sarun Udomkichdecha Yan Saifan
Lim Xiao Qi Seah Kia Wee Yap Pei Ling Rachael
Lim Zhan Yi See Cheng Hui Cassandra Yap Wei Chiang
Lin Rongxian Timothy Shaun Ang Zhixian Yeo Boon Ping
Lin Xiangting Bernice Shaunn Tan De Hui Yeo Pei Shi
Ling Yu Huang Matin Sim Yuin Theng Yeoh Wen Ting Anne
Loh Kai Quan Sin Yueh Taur, Anita Zhang Peiqi
Loo Kim Kee Joanne Soh Jun Ming Zhou Jiajia
Loong Xiu Fen Shona Soon Jia Wei Rachel  

 

Name FASS Student Leadership Award (FSLA)
Chung Wan Ying FSLA Individual Award
Francesca Phoebe Wah Li Ting FSLA Individual Award
Hoe Teck Chye David FSLA Individual Award
Joshua Foong En Kai FSLA Individual Award
FASS Club 35th Management Committee FSLA Group Award
Neighbourhood Health Service (Social Work) FSLA Group Award
NUS Geographical Society FSLA Group Award

 

Name Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize
Heng Yu Tse Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize
Rastus Chow Yong En Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize

CNM Media Writing Students Take All Three Top Positions at the Future News Competition

Our heartiest congratulations to three Department of Communications & New Media students – Desmond Koh, Celine Leong and Chng Yan – for the unprecedented achievement at the Future News Competition, an international competition for aspiring journalists.

All three students scooped the top three places at the competition and will be headed for a three-day, fully-paid journalism conference in Edinburgh this month. There, they will meet leading journalists and learn more about multi-media reporting and editing.

The students who undertook the module NM3211 News Reporting and Editing were mentored by Ms Ee Lyn Tan, an award winning journalist who has received the Asia Human Rights Press award and has also worked at Reuters previously.

To view the works of these students, click here.

Success After Hardship

Tamil Murasu

FASS Communications and New Media undergraduate, Mr Ashik Ashokan and his friend, Mr Ashok Kumar, a SIM undergraduate, have made it to the peak of Mount Damavand – the highest volcano in Asia.

Both friends managed to overcome all odds without the help of a high-altitude guide or porters to raise funds for ‘Heart2climb‘ – a charity organisation which they had both started.

No strangers to risky expeditions, the courageous duo had previously scaled Mount Annapurna in Nepal to raise money for charitable causes as well; proving that no mountain is high enough to stop them.

FASS Student Leadership Award

Applications for the FASS Student Leadership Award (FSLA) are now OPEN!

Student leadership award

The FSLA aims to reward students who demonstrate student leadership and enhance student life within FASS and the wider community.

If you, or someone you know has displayed exceptional leadership qualities through initiatives and projects between 1 June 2014 – 31 May 2015, do submit your application by 1 July 2015.

To find more about the FSLA, please click here.

For enquiries, please contact:

Ms Lynn Seah
DID: 6601 3496
Email: lynnseah@nus.edu.sg

NUS Psychology wins Regional 2015 SPS–ARUPS Student Research Award

NUS Psychology wins Regional 2015 SPS–ARUPS Student Research Award

The 5th ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies Congress, organized jointly by the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS) and the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS), took place in Singapore from 25 to 27 March 2015. Among 227 research entries that were submitted by psychologists and academicians in the region, and the 147 that were finally accepted for presentation, Mr. Yong Zhihao Paul, a recent NUS Psychology graduand and winner of the 2014 Singapore Prison Psychology Prize, has won the SPS-ARUPS Student Research Award this year for his submission titled Enhancing Online Learning Using Retrieval-based Practice: Implications for Singapore’s Educational System. This research was first pursued as Mr. Yong’s Honours Thesis at the NUS under the mentorship of Dr. Lim Wee Hun Stephen, one of NUS’s recent named Rising Stars and enlistees to her Honour Roll for Teaching Excellence.

The researchers commented: “A goal that modern Singapore pursues relates to meaningful advancements in our educational system, which would in turn determine the continued progress of our society, in terms of our workforce quality, national economy, and so forth. We constantly seek productive methodologies of education – instruction and learning – with the aim to discover optimal educational approaches. Educators typically rely heavily on learning activities that encourage elaborative studying, whereas activities that require students to retrieve and reconstruct knowledge are used less frequently and often for nothing more than testing purposes. Here we show that practising to retrieve information gained from online Coursera lectures actually, albeit counterintuitively, produced better long-term knowledge retention than did studying that information repeatedly. Based on the findings, there is a need to carefully (re)consider the notion and role of ‘testing’ in schools and contemporary – online – learning platforms, because testing potentially promotes learning. Our longer-term goal is to contribute meaningfully to shaping the educational landscape in Singapore through our research programme.”

Currently a psychologist at the Singapore Prison Service, Mr. Yong expresses his appreciation to his research supervisor. In his words to Dr. Lim: “You have this unique ability to connect with, and influence students to excel beyond the classroom. This has spurred me to do the same with my peers and juniors. Your traits of a distinguished educator are more than just life-changing. Your inspiration for excellence and your friendship transcend beyond the people you meet – it is ‘lives-changing’. I have not met any other educator who makes me feel truly confident in my work and in myself. You have instilled a burning passion in me to be a lifelong learner. I would not be half the psychology graduate I am today, without your inspiration and supervision.”

Dr. Lim, who also sits on the Executive Council of the NUS Teaching Academy, shares his personal thoughts: “The theme of the ARUPS Congress is Professionalising Psychology: Raising the Standards of Psychology for Nation Building. We are glad that our educational psychology research won an award. As we mourn the passing on of our nation’s first Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, we fondly remember Mr. Lee as someone who made every effort to strengthen, among the many other things, education in Singapore. In his speech to principals of schools at the Victoria Theatre on 29 August 1966, he shared about the kind of education he would like to have, if he were given superhuman powers:

The ideal product is the student, the university graduate, who is strong, robust, rugged, with tremendous qualities of stamina, endurance and at the same time, with great intellectual discipline and, most important of all, humility and love for his community; a readiness to serve whether God or king or country or, if you like, just his community.

As an academic and educator, I continue to do my part for the nation by nurturing students holistically, and preparing them for life after university. I believe all of us have a very specific role to play in nation building. Together, let us bring the legacy into the future, and keep on loving and building Singapore our home.”

 

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Mr. Paul Yong (left); Ms. Clare Yeo (middle; President, Singapore Psychological Society); Dr. Stephen Lim (right)

NUS Teaches Chinese Communication Creatively through “Kungfu Hustle”

Friday, 24 October 2014

Lianhe Wanbao

This was a report on the creative use of film on the module “Bridging East and West: Exploring Chinese Communication” offered by the NUS Department of Chinese Studies from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This is an exciting module, one of its kind that is designed for students who feel that they are weak in Chinese but would like to learn more about how Chinese is applied in the various fields of Chinese communication. The module facilitator Assoc Prof Lee Cher Leng says that students will benefit in the workplace if they are able to code-switch effectively between East-West cultures. The report highlights the creative use of film (“Kungfu Hustle”) in the module to teach the basics of Peking opera, the discussion of the origins of the students’ names through interviewing their grandparents, as well as effective Chinese business communication.

Click here to read full article in Mandarin.