Overseas Programmes

"My research experience at the University of Sydney was meaningful and enriching. I was able to learn from a team of experienced researchers about inclusive disaster risk reduction and was exposed to international case studies that the team had conducted. The time at Sydney was also insightful as I was able to learn new research methodologies from their past studies and apply it to my own project. Living in Sydney was a blissful experience, with coastal sceneries, pleasant weather, coupled with a strong culture of good work-life balance."

-  Chelsea Lee Wen Si @ University of Sydney, Australia
Environmental Earth Systems Science (Intake 16/17)
Project Title: Assessing Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Capabilities in Singapore
Overseas Supervisor: Dale Dominey-Howes


"Being able to do my FYP at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute has been an enriching experience. As a Mechanical Engineering major, the nature of work being conducted in the Dolan Lab was new to me, with much focus on the perception, motion planning, and behaviour of autonomous vehicles. I was encouraged and pushed to develop new skills, and had the opportunity to interact with and learn from students and researchers who were highly passionate about their field of research. Being at CMU also gave me the chance to attend many interesting seminars from CMU and visiting faculty, which gave me a broader perspective about current topics in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. I am grateful to NTU and the CN Yang Scholars Programme for making OFYP possible."

-  Loke Yen Chin @ Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Aerospace Engineering (Intake 16/17)
Project Title: Rare Object Detection for Autonomous Driving
Overseas Supervisor: Dr John M. Dolan


"I was glad to work in an exciting and vibrant research group led by Professor Jonathan Kelly from the University of Toronto. The Space and Terrestrial Autonomous Robotics Laboratory, or STARS, for short, focuses on research spanning robotics, computer vision and artificial intelligence. I got to live the full PhD experience - journal reading, group meetings, bar nights, presentations - you name it. My research entitled "Semantic Mapping for Articulated Objects" was also interesting as it combined fields from computer vision and machine learning, allowing me to keep in touch with the state-of-the-art research. I found Canada to be a thriving place for research - often attracting many students internationally for undergraduate and graduate studies alike. It is definitely an experience to remember, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity for this overseas research experience."

-  Luar Shui Song @ University of Toronto, Canada
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Intake 16/17)
Project Title: Developing Real-Time Omnidirectional SLAM and Object Recognition
Overseas Supervisor: Professor Jonathan Kelly


"My research experience at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, was fruitful and enriching. My laboratory consisted of people from different countries with different technical background, which led to intercultural exchange and gaining of much useful knowledge. Apart from the lab, the weekly seminars focusing on new research tools and findings were very interesting and kept me up to date about existing technology and innovation. Lastly, Vancouver is rewarded with beautiful nature and weather, and although expensive, is enjoyable to live in. Vancouverites were generally helpful and friendly, and this overseas experience allowed me to make many friends who are from other countries."

-  Lee Suen Ern @  University of British Columbia, Canada
Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (Intake AY15/16)
Project Title: Developing Lipid-based Nanoparticles for Curcumin
Overseas Supervisor: Professor Shyh-Dar Li


"My research experience at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute has been a really enriching and fulfilling one. Working under the supervision of one of the scientists behind Tartan Racing’s DARPA urban challenge win, mentored by a PhD candidate working in General Motors’ motion planning development team and being surrounded by researchers tackling the most challenging problems at the forefront of the autonomous driving research made for a very productive learning and working environment. Living in Pittsburgh, the home of self-driving companies, has also exposed me to the state and culture of the industry and allowed me to expand my connections."

-  Emily Fatima Yunan @  Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Mechanical Engineering (Intake AY15/16)
Project Title: Drifting in Autonomous Vehicles in Executing Evasive Maneuvers
Overseas Supervisor: Dr John M Dolan


"This internship opportunity at CMCL Innovations broadened my perspective on the application of theoretical concepts of chemical engineering such as reaction engineering and unit operations. Concepts were applied to operations such as chemical vapour deposition and engines – not traditionally associated with chemical engineering, allowing me to think out of the box. All these projects were completed with the aid of the software developed by CMCL Innovations – the kinetics-SRM Suite and MoDS. The opportunity also allowed me to learn the application of chemical engineering from my colleagues. In all, this experience has prepared me better for my career ahead."

-  Pratham Anil Sabannavar @  CMCL Innovations Ltd, UK
Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (Intake AY15/16)
Project Title: Intern at CMCL Innovations
Overseas Supervisor: Dr Amit Bhave


"Conducting my FYP with the Physics department of UCL has been enriching in many ways. I had the chance to be exposed to foreign research culture and to work in fields of research beyond the scope of NTU, allowing me to engage in Particle Physics. It was very inspiring to learn from renowned researchers at the top of the field and be working in an environment with people whose passion for physics were infectious. Through this project, I have experienced the joy of research and have gained an incredible amount that I could not possibly quantify. For that, I am extremely grateful to CNYSP for giving me this priceless educational experience."

-  Quek Cai Shan @  University College London, UK
Physics and Applied Physics (Intake AY14/15)
Project Title: Higgs-pair Production both Decaying to b-bbar
Overseas Supervisor: Professor Konstantinidis 


"It was a very energising and enriching experience to conduct my overseas FYP at Oxford, a beautiful city with a strong research culture. I learnt a great amount from interacting with talented and passionate colleagues, picking up both practical and theoretical knowledge. With the support of Professor Dixon and other mentors, my work in the lab was fruitful and enjoyable. The overseas project has been very valuable for my development as a scientist, and I am grateful to the CN Yang Scholars Programme for making it possible."

-  Wong Zeng Rong @  University of Oxford, UK
Chemistry and Biological Chemistry (Intake AY14/15)
Project Title: Enantioselective Iridium (I) Catalyzed Cyclization Cascades for Total Synthesis
Overseas Supervisor: Prof. Darren Dixon


"Conducting my FYP at the University of Bath under Professor Frank Marken was a memorable and enriching experience. From the overseas research project, I acquired technical knowledge and hands-on experience in electrochemical research, an area which I am interested in. It was also exciting and eye-opening to participate in my first conference. The strong support offered by my supervisor and my fellow laboratory mates and the cohesive lab culture were integral in making my stay in Bath so fun and enjoyable. In retrospect, this FYP has been one of my best experiences so far."

-  Leong Shi Xuan @  University of Bath, UK
Chemistry and Biological Chemistry (Intake AY14/15)
Project Title: Selective Nature of Microporous Pt@cPIM and Pd@cPIM Composite Catalysts
Overseas Supervisor: Professor Frank Marken


"Conducting my overseas FYP at Imperial College London has been an absolutely eye-opening experience. Working with Prof Hii and her group has given me an entirely new perspective and added much vigour to my passion for knowledge.  London, with its vibrancy and deep history, makes for an exciting place to live and work in, as well as to grow as an individual and as a researcher. I’m thankful to CN Yang Scholars Programme and NTU for their support for this deeply meaningful trip that I have gained so much from."

- Meldon Wee Yi Shuo @ Imperial College London, UK​
Chemistry and Biological Chemistry (Intake AY14/15)
Project Title: Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Activity of Cyclometalated Palladium Complexes
Overseas Supervisor: Prof King Kuok (Mimi) Hii


"As a Physics student who intends to specialize in medical physics, the proton therapy project at the Paul Scherrer Institute truly excites me. I am involved in the development of a new superconducting gantry for its proton therapy facility. Within the 6-month duration of my project, I was allowed to interact with different groups of people, including the magnet group, the accelerator group, and the treatment planning group. The vibrant and friendly research experience here has taught me many valuable lessons that hopefully I could apply to the development of a proton therapy centre in Singapore."

- Shelvia Wongso @ École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Physics and Applied Physics (Intake AY14/15)
Project Title: Sensitivity Analysis of the Beam Optics of a Superconducting Gantry for Proton Therapy
Overseas Supervisor: Prof Leonid Rivkin


"I was a part of the MoEDAL experiment at CERN for my Final Year Project. The primary focus of MoEDAL was the monopole. My work with MoEDAL involved the analysis of Monopole Data collected from experiments, making new models to predict the production of monopoles, the analysis of the Nuclear Track Detectors at MoEDAL and machine learning coupled with citizen science. In summary, it was an extremely fulling trip and my first foray into experimental and theoretical physics and I hope to continue this research."

- Ameir Shaa @ European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland
Physics with 2nd Major in Mathematical Sciences (Intake AY14/15)
Project Title: Installing a milli-charged Particle Detector at Point 5 of the LHC ring
Overseas Supervisor: Prof Albert De Roeck


"I jumped at the opportunity to embark on another overseas experience with the support of the CNYSP Office, and since I had already lived in Europe, I set my sights on the United States and decided to find a project there. The University of Michigan was an amazing place to be; some of the best engineering research in the country gets accomplished there and the cosiness of Ann Arbor (one of the best college towns) was a great peek into life in the USA. My research on workstation simulation in military vehicles let me learn so much, especially with the help of my mentor, Dr Matthew Reed. It was a wonderful way to end off my university life, and I am forever grateful to the CNYSP Office for the chance."

- Tan Young Kiat Zenn @ University of Michigan, USA
Mechanical Engineering (Intake AY13/14)
Project Title: Implementing Design Tools for Military Vehicles in an Open-Source Computer-Aided Engineering Framework
Overseas Supervisor: Dr Matthew P. Reed


"It is a privilege for me to join Professor Tom Brown's research group, experience rigorous interdisciplinary research and gain from the expertise of the researchers. I have personally experienced that research has no boundaries; both conceptually and physically."

- Chia Wan Ni Geraldine @ University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Chemistry and Biological Chemistry (Intake AY13/14)
Project Title: Stabilizing Duplex DNA Containing Biocompatible Triazole Linkage
Overseas Supervisor: Professor Tom Brown


"CNYSP has given me the opportunity to visit the University of Waterloo to pursue my interest in gravitational physics, where I work directly with experts in the field. Having people with the right expertise really makes learning the subject a lot easier and pushing boundaries become possible."

- Erickson Tjoa @ University of Waterloo, Canada
Physics with 2nd Major in Mathematical Sciences (Intake AY13/14)
Project Title: Black Hole Chemistry: Thermodynamics of Hairy Black Holes in Lovelock Gravity
Overseas Supervisor: Robert B. Mann


"Working as a research intern at MIT was a great experience and the highlight of my journey in NTU. Under the guidance of patient mentors and professors, I learnt not only equipment-related and technical knowledge, but also shared in their vision, ideas, and passion for science. The varied research experiences and the wide scope of CNYSP core helped me adapt quickly to the lab culture, which allowed me to have a fulfilling experience at MIT. Working alongside these amazing people has fueled my passion for biomedical science and has given new meaning to my pursuit of research."
- Jodie Tan Zu Yi @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Bioengineering (Intake AY14/15)

Layer-by-layer Construction of Nanodots on 3D- Spheroids


"Just a year ago, I would never have imagined myself experiencing research at the intellectual heart of the United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was a humbling and eye-opening experience. Being at MIT meant interacting with top researchers of our generation, attending inspiring talks and observing the way people conduct research here. It was also surreal getting to interact with Professors whose names I usually only see in publications. It was my first foray into the field of microbiology and an area I thoroughly enjoyed. Besides, Boston is an amazing place during the summer. I am really grateful to CNYSP and SCBE for this opportunity, and it was certainly the most memorable summer of my university years."
- Lee Wen Li @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (Intake AY14/15)

Efficacy of Sodium Nitroprusside in Biofilm Dispersal of S. aureus and E. coli


"The Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School provided me with excellent scientific training in both practical and theoretical aspects. Living and working in Boston, top healthcare and biomedical hub, provided me with an international stage, enriching the overseas internship experience. Scientists and physicians who were experts in the field mentored me, and this helped me push the boundaries of conventional methodology, giving rise to bold and interdisciplinary schools of thought."
- Akshay Mamidi @ Harvard Medical School, USA
Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (Intake AY14/15)

B cell Therapy for Wound Healing


"My six-month internship at the Lipomi Research Group at the University of California has been amazing. The lab culture is highly collaborative and supportive. I was involved in multiple collaborations on developing haptic devices using soft organic materials. I developed two haptic devices and gave a series of lessons on Arduino to graduate students in the group. I also had the opportunity to attend a conference workshop in Phoenix, Arizona. Throughout this internship, I have honed my skills in experimental design, materials fabrication and characterization, device design, electronics and device control."
- Tan Siew Ting Melissa @ University of California, San Diego, USA
Materials Engineering (Intake AY14/15)

Development of Soft Haptics


"The overseas internship was an experience of a lifetime. The wide-ranging space projects ongoing in the laboratory allowed me to learn about various aspects of the satellite engineering as well as atmospheric science. The highly international population there also provided me with a chance to work in a diverse team."
- Yap Jian Beng @ Joint-Collaboration NTU-Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Intake AY13/14)
Satellite Positioning by Signal Triangulation Aoba VELOX-IV Satellite
"Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a name I have heard since I was a toddler; that is a bit of an exaggeration. Being in MIT is like that you are standing on the very edge of the technological front, and in lieu of obtaining second-hand information from papers, you are witnessing and physically immersed in the development of technology. Sometimes we tend to become so focused on the struggles of our own research that we forget the big picture or the charm of research; overseas research in prestigious institutions serve greatly to expand our horizons and remind us once again of why we do research."​
- Tian Siyu @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Mechanical Engineering (Intake AY14/15)
Application of a Miniature Flow and Pressure Sensor on the Closed Urinary Drainage System​