Odyssey Research

The students from the Odyssey Programme 2019

The Odyssey Research Programme is for the student who is curious about science, thinks deeper, is one who is not daunted by failure, and who understands that questions are more important than the “right” answers.

Each year, the Odyssey Research Programme brings approximately 30 undergraduates (Odysseyans, as we call them) to actively participate in a paid research internship with faculty members of SPMS.

The internship takes place during the 12 weeks of the special terms 1 and 2 of the university, during which Odysseyans will immerse in full-time research in their mentor’s laboratory and research group activities.

Even as Odysseyans go forth to explore research with their faculty mentors, Odysseyans come back for weekly meetings. These meetings may be scientific in nature with invited speakers, or may simply be opportunities to enjoy the warmth of friendships and find small meaning in light-hearted philosophising.

At the end of the 12-week programme, Odysseyans’ research culminates in an Odyssey Research Symposium, where there will be prizes to be won. Odysseyans will present posters and/or talks describing their work and all members of the SPMS community will be invited. As always, food and drinks are never far away from such celebrations of students’ milestones.

The Research Symposium marks the end of the 12-week research, but also the beginning of a longer journey. Odysseyans are all expected to continue with their research for the next academic year, for their Final Year Project (for final years), or as a “special topics” or “research” course offered by the Divisions (if academic units are desired), or simply out of pure interest.

Through the following academic year, Odysseyans continue to engage in weekly club meetings, organise scholarly activities, get involved in SPMS Outreach events, etc.

In a nutshell, through the Odyssey Research Programme, Odysseyans get thoroughly immersed into the academic community at SPMS. They will establish a firm relationships with their faculty mentor, the research group and like-minded peers. We hope that this provides lasting and valuable support throughout the Odysseyan’s academic career, to beyond their time at SPMS.

In this way, Odysseyans become the best ambassadors who will be able to encourage other students to experience the sense of wonder and adventure of research.

The course aims to provide students with opportunities to freely explore and take risks. Even failures are fruitful and enriching experiences!



We are looking for students who have a good cGPA (≥4.0) and are passionate about research. Students should either 

(1) have done undergraduate-level research (e.g. URECA, CM9071, PH2999 or MH4910, or interned in an SPMS faculty member’s lab) before joining Odyssey Research Programme, or 

(2) have very strong recommendations from an SPMS faculty member.

CNYang Scholars Programme students are very welcome in our labs, but because their curriculum is already a specialised research-infused one, we will not be able to offer a research allowance should they wish to join the Odyssey Research Programme.

SPMS students holding scholarships, e.g. CoS, Nanyang Scholarship, or external scholarships, are eligible for the Odyssey Research Programme and the research allowance.

First year students who are interested are advised to speak to faculty members to learn about their research, and volunteer in their labs, or take up URECA or undergraduate-level research courses, to gain relevant research experience before applying.​​​​​​​



The call for Odyssey Research Programme is now open!

Please take note of the following:

Chemistry and Biological Chemistry (CBC) students: The research programme is still open to CBC students, like in past years. You are also eligible and encouraged to join the next Odyssey Committee!

Research Allowance: A flat $1500 will be reimbursed to each student at the end of the research programme, AFTER your participation in the Odyssey Research Symposium.

Research Period: The Odyssey Research Programme will run for 12 weeks (13 May - 31 Jul 2024), and will finish with the research symposium in the first week of Aug. There will be no "reduced" 8-week programme, so your project can overlap with an existing URECA project you may be undertaking.



Application open

Click here to apply (student's action)

25 Mar 2024

Documents required: 

Updated transcript (PDF)

Application deadline8 Apr 2024 (5pm) 
Acceptance/ Rejection confirmation via email

15-19 Apr 2024 (Week 12)

Link to research proposal submission will be sent with acceptance email
Accepted students to discuss with potential supervisors on research project--

Students need to discuss with supervisor on research proposal and finalise details.

Odyssey project can overlap with URECA project if student is currently doing URECA

Submission of research proposal online

(Link to research proposal will be sent with acceptance email)

30 Apr 2024 (5pm)Research proposal will also be sent to supervisor
Odyssey Research Programme13 May to 31 Jul 2024

All students will have to fulfil 12 weeks of research, regardless of whether they are concurrently doing URECA or not. The full 12-week commitment is required, negotiable with supervisor.


Research allowance will be a flat $1500 for all participants, to be reimbursed at the end of the programme, upon participation at Odyssey Research Symposium. 

Call for nominations to Odyssey Committee.

Interviews and formation of the new Odyssey Committee.

13 May to 24 May 2024 
Odyssey Research SymposiumFirst week of Aug 2024 (TBC)

All Odyssey participants are required to put up a poster presentation. 

Prizes will be awarded for outstanding posters and presentations!




​​​​​​​SPMS faculty members who mentor students in the Odyssey Research Programme are responsible for the satisfactory conduct of the student. Faculty members will have to endorse their research proposal at the application stage, ensure satisfactory research work so as to endorse students’ monthly claims for over the 3 month (12 week) period.

Students should be putting in the hours according to the norms of a full-time Research Staff in the faculty member’s group. Faculty members are advised to set clear expectations and foster a supportive environment for the students.

Research funding is not provided by Odyssey, but Divisions may support miscellaneous fees such as chemical disposal and chemicals usage.