YOUNG MARINE SCIENTIST RESEARCH AWARD
Marine Science R&D Program (MSRDP) in partnership with the St John’s Island National Marine Laboratory (SJINML) is pleased to announce a research program for young marine scientists. The objectives of this student program are:
- Encourage exploratory research relevant to the 3+1 themes of MSRDP
- Nurture multi-disciplinary problem-solving skills and interest in marine science
- Encourage interest in marine science and maritime careers
Explore will provide funding support for undergraduate/diploma/JC level students (17-25 years old) to undertake exploratory marine science research at SJINML. Through the research experience, Explore aims to motivate students to develop technical skills and scientiﬁc literacy through active research interactions, moving from being passive learners to active scientists.
Completed Projects – 2018
- Mr Regan Chong, Republic Polytechnic – Effects of temperature and salinity on the survival and growth of three ecologically important snail species in Singapore
- Ms Foo Sze Hui, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS – Assessing the identities of Heterometra-like feather stars (Echinodermata: Crinoidea: Himerometridae) in Singapore based on morphological and molecular data
- Mr Lim Siew Kin, Republic Polytechnic – Effect of short-term heat stress on Halophila ovalis
- Ms Lim Xin Hui, Raffles Junior College – The effect of particulate organic matter (POM) on coral trophic dynamics
- Mr Danial Mazlan, National Institute of Education, NTU – A comparative study of cellular and biochemical responses of intertidal gastropods at East Coast Park, Berlayer Creek and St John’s Island to stress by heat and exposure
- Ms Kelly Ng Hui Li, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS – Imposex in muricid gastropods (Mollusca, Neogastropoda, Muricidae) in Singapore a decade after a worldwide ban of tributyltin use in anti-fouling paint
- Mr Sirius Ng Zheng Hui, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS – Assessment of dugong feeding trails in Singapore
- Mr Leon Sun Wai Loong, Asian School of the Environment, NTU – Understanding the growth and physiology of Heliopora coerulea and its role as an iron sink in coral reef biogeochemistry
- Ms Wu Yuwei, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS – Do native predators feed on the recently introduced American mussel Mytella strigata Hanley, 1843 in Singapore?
OPENS: JANUARY 2020
How to apply
- Download Application Form from Apply Now button.
- Each student must have a supervisor from his host organisation, as well as a mentor at SJINML. Students may write in to SJINML for assistance to identify mentors.
- Prepare a 5-10 page research project proposal consisting Background, Objectives, Research Plan, Deliverables, projected equipment and budget requirements.
- Your research idea should fall within 3+1 themes of MSRDP.
- Marine Ecosystems & Biodiversity
- Environment Impact & Monitoring
- Coastal Ecological Engineering
- Marine Technology Platforms
- The project work should not be part of an existing funded project. This is to encourage students to explore novel ideas and new areas in marine science research. More information on MSRDP:
- Enclose a CV and cover letter describing the relevance of the research and your motivations for applying for the grant should be enclosed with the application.
- Submit your proposal to SJINML admin office following instructions provided on the application form.
Interview and selection of applicants:
- Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview. The student is expected to demonstrate understanding of scientific and technical issues related to their proposed research topic.
- For each call, a maximum of 10 best applications will be selected.
- The student is given 9 months to complete their research work and submit a report.
- On award, the supervisor should assist the student to complete their registration to work at SJINML. Registration will require the host institution to endorse the SJINML Facility Use Agreement. A copy of the agreement may be found in the SJINML User Handbook and can also be downloaded here.
- The research undertaken may contribute towards the student’s academic studies. Any and all intellectual property arising from the student’s research shall be owned by the student and/or the home institution, in accordance with the home institution’s policy relating to intellectual property. The organisers, NUS and NIE-NTU, shall be granted a perpetual royalty-free licence to use the student’s research (or any part thereof) for internal use, research, development, academic and non-commercial purposes.
- Publications of the research (via media releases, media interviews, speeches and/or videos etc.) must include an acknowledgement of the National Research Foundation for MSRDP and SJINML.
- The grant covers the student bench fees at SJINML of SGD$960 (6 months) and research spending up to SGD$1,500 for research consumables and local travel for fieldwork. Funding does not cover student stipends, equipment purchase and international travel. No funds will be transferred to the student or host institution. SJINML project office will assist the students with their project purchases and finances.
- At the end of the project period, the student is expected to hand in a report and present a research seminar describing the results of their work. This may be an individual presentation scheduled as part of a departmental monthly seminar open to all institutions. Or, they may present at student symposia to be organised by the programme in June 2019 and March 2021.
- Good research reports arising from the program will be considered for publication in a special issue for marine science in Singapore Institute of Biology e-journal, the Asian Youth Journal of Biology.