Hands-on Experience For Budding Scientists

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A REAP participant presenting his project to the TLL researchers

While her peers took a break during the school holidays, aspiring researcher Yong Xin Ee from Temasek Junior College delved into the world of scientific research, working alongside esteemed professors in fully equipped laboratories.

Xin Ee was one of six students chosen for the REsearch Attachment Programme (REAP) in 2012. Jointly organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE), National University of Singapore and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL), REAP aims to stimulate the interest of students in the area of life sciences. Started in 2002, the programme has been well received, with approximately one in three shortlisted applicants from MOE selected to participate.

Through the 6-week programme, the students were exposed to basic research theories and concepts as well as the applications of sophisticated laboratory equipment. Mentored by professional scientists, they also worked on mini research projects and assisted TLL researchers in existing projects.

“Not only has the programme equipped me with the practical skills that are required of a researcher, it has also developed my critical thinking skills. In a short span of 6 weeks, I have learnt many lessons that would never have been taught in school.” says Xin Ee.