FASS Congratulates Prof Tan Tai Yong!

The Faculty would like to congratulate Prof Tan Tai Yong on his appointment as NMP. Prof Tan is a proud graduate of the Faculty, having gotten his BA (Hons) and MA at the Department of History and finally coming back to lecture after obtaining his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He also served as Dean of FASS from 2004 to 2009 and is currently Vice Provost (Student Life).

To read more about Prof Tan’s appointment, click here.

Dr. Stephen Lim appointed as Fulbright Researcher

Stephen Lim

We are proud to announce that Dr. Stephen Lim has clinched the competitive 2014 Fulbright Researcher Award. Dr. Lim will be fully supported to conduct cognitive-educational psychology research at Purdue University in collaboration with Jeffrey Karpicke, whose scientific work has been featured thrice in the prestigious journal Science. During his stint, Dr. Lim will also be exchanging his views and ideas on issues concerning higher education with members of Purdue’s Office of the Provost.

We extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Stephen Lim.

Enter Picture Singapore, SRN’s first photo contest!

Picture Singapore

Singapore Research Nexus Photography Contest 1 July to 15 August 2014

Summer greetings from the Singapore Research Nexus (SRN)! We are pleased to announce the launch of Picture Singapore, a photography contest which is accepting entries from 1 July to 15 August, 2014.

Open to current FASS students, faculty, and staff, as well as FASS alumni, Picture Singapore seeks to encourage the FASS community to capture Singapore and ‘Singaporeanness’ through photographs – its culture, environment, heritage, diversity, society, community, everyday life and more.

All submitted photographs will form the foundation of an SRN Photo Bank, a public archive of Singapore-related photographs that can be tapped by researchers, students, writers, and artists.

If you would like to learn how to enter this photo contest, please click here to access the online entry form and here to access the submission guidelines.

You may also click here to download the submission guidelines and PDF entry form.

Picture Singapore Poster

Dr. Stephen Lim to represent NUS at the U21 Early Career Researcher Workshop

Dr Stephen Lim

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a member of Universitas 21 (U21) – the leading global network of research universities for the 21st century.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Stephen Lim has been nominated to represent the NUS at the U21 Early Career Researcher Workshop on Interdisciplinary Education, Internationalization and the Rise of Virtual Learning Platforms on 1 Nov 2014 at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.


Ex-madrasah student scores near-perfect grades at NUS

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The Straits Times

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was a feature on NUS Commencement 2014. It was reported that 10,233 NUS students will graduate this year, including the first graduates from seven programmes such as the Bachelor of Music (Voice) degree from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and the NUS-Yale University Double Degree Programme from the NUS Business School. President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who is Chancellor of NUS, presided over yesterday’s main commencement ceremony at the NUS University Cultural Centre. Education Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat was also in attendance.

In his address, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan encouraged students to find fulfilment by giving to others and having a genuine interest in their jobs. Prof Tan said that outside of work, one must not lose the ability to enjoy the small, charming things in life.

The report also featured Mr Faizal Abdul Aziz who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours and Mr Samuel Chong, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Science) with Second Upper Honours. Mr Faizal, who attended a madrasah from Primary 1 and later decided to sit for the O-levels as a private candidate, graduated with a near-perfect grade point average of 4.89. Mr Chong, who lost his left arm to bone cancer when he was seven, will go on to do a Master’s in energy economics and engineering at Cornell University in the US under a National Environmental Agency scholarship.

Department of Psychology organizes Psychology Teaching Assistant Symposium (PTAS) 2014

Publicity Poster_PTAS 2014_LimSWHThe NUS Department of Psychology organized the inaugural NUS Psychology Teaching Assistant Symposium (PTAS) 2014 on 25 February 2014, with the aim of sharing best practices and ideas to empower both Full-time and Graduate Student Teaching Assistants (TAs) on how best to teach psychology students.

Advised by A/P Melvin Yap (Psychology Graduate Studies Director), Dr. Stephen Lim (Symposium Chair) – along with his Team that comprised of two Full-time Teaching Assistants Mr. Lee Li Neng (Symposium Co-chair) and Ms. Sarah Wong (Symposium Secretariat) – devised a half-a-day programme that developed TAs’ pedagogical and presentation skills, and discussed such topics as how TAs might effectively relate with their module lecturers and students as well as balance coursework with research and teaching.

The PTAS 2014 received very positive feedback from attendees, who thought that it was “personally relevant” and “highly engaging”. They liked the fact that the Symposium promoted “exchanges of problems [sic] and ideas between panel members and attendees, created “[a] chance to connect with other TAs”, “didn’t merely impart teaching skills but also reminded [them] to reflect and leverage [on their] strengths”, contained “inspiring testimonials from the facilitators”, and provided “a refreshing reminder [that they too] can potentially impact and inspire students”. A participant “[felt] recharged to continue to teach passionately”. Many yearned for full-day Symposiums in future runs.

If Departments would like to discuss ideas on running teaching assistant/instructor workshops, please feel free to contact Dr. Stephen Lim (psylimwh@nus.edu.sg) directly.