Issue 90, September 2010
Stellar scholars
More future stars of research will be groomed under the prestigious Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship scheme.

The latest crop of 18 Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship (NPGS) awardees will inject fresh vigour into NTU’s research enterprise.

Every year, up to 30 top graduates or final-year students with exceptional research abilities are awarded the prestigious scholarship to further their studies at NTU.

Launched in 2008, the bond-free scholarship is designed to encourage those with a flair for research to embark on an exciting career in the field. Nanyang President's Graduate Scholars receive a monthly stipend of S$3,200 on top of other allowances over four years to study full-time for their doctoral degree while carrying out cutting-edge research at NTU, one of the world’s fastest-growing research universities.

At the scholarship award ceremony on 14 September, NTU President Dr Su Guaning noted the importance of graduate education and research excellence for the university. "The recipients of the Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholarship are a special league of individuals who will help to propel NTU into the ranks of great global universities by venturing into new research areas and finding solutions to the pressing issues of our time," said Dr Su.

Among the group this year is Perminder Kaur Pradhawa, the first graduate student from the National Institute of Education to receive the award.

"Coming under the tutelage of some of the finest lecturers and tutors enabled me to excel in my studies. It was only logical for me to return to my alma mater where I could once again be guided by their hand," said Perminder, who graduated as Valedictorian in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

Besides being mentored by top research faculty, scholarship holders widen their exposure to international research at important overseas conferences. Dr Su noted that such international experiences and cross-cultural exchanges help to equip the scholars with “the skills and aptitude to thrive in today’s globalised economy”.

Meeting Nobel laureates
For the second consecutive year, Nanyang President's Graduate Scholars have been invited to one of the most prestigious events in the scientific community – the Lindau meeting of Nobel laureates. This year, two current scholarship holders, Zhang Zheng Yang and Chia Weisheng, attended the high-profile event in Germany. In July, NTU’s Nanyang President's Graduate Scholars were also invited to attend the second World Conference on Research Integrity in Singapore to learn more about best practices in research worldwide.

Newly minted scholar Chow Wai Leong finds the rich opportunities for international exposure attractive.

"The Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship provides me with good financial support which allows me to pursue my dreams and passion in research. There is also the opportunity to attend two sponsored overseas research conferences to interact and network with researchers from other countries," said Wai Leong, whose first degree is in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. “I believe that a good scholarship like the Nanyang President's Graduate Scholarship gives me a head start in my research career."

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