Summer Research Programme (Summer UROPS)

The NUS Faculty of Science offers opportunities for undergraduates from our Partner Universities such as University of Toronto, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Radboud University, University of New South Wales, University of British Columbia and many more, to participate in our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science (UROPS) during the Summer - Special Term Part 1 and Part 2 - from May till July. This programme provides students with opportunities to work on research projects they are interested in and under the supervision of our faculty members. Through Summer UROPS, students can gain first-hand experience in research and earn modular credits (MCs) to fulfill their graduation requirements.

 

Aims of UROPS
  • To place students on the forefront of research and provide students with unique opportunity to work with established scientists in their field of expertise.
  • To enhance students' knowledge in the latest developments in science and technology.
  • To foster a relationship between students and established scientists in partner universities and create opportunities for future mentorships and collaborations.
  • To hone students' communication and presentation skills.
  • To prepare students for graduate studies and/or careers in research.

 

Project Period and Timeline
  • 8-12 weeks in NUS (Special Term 1 & 2) under the supervision of our faculty members;
  • Give an oral presentation at the end of Special Term Part 2 before you leave Singapore; and
  • Submit a full report at the end of October to the supervisors for grading when they are back at their home University. This allows students to concentrate fully during their 12 weeks of research and give them ample time to work on literature reviews and reports when they are back in their home university.

After successful completion of the above, students will be awarded either 4MCs or 8MCs. Grades are also awarded for the project. The students' home university can independently decide if they wish to allow the transfer of credits and/or grades.

 

 

Application Procedures
  1. Student who is interested in participating this research opportunity will have to inform his/her home university's exchange programme coordinator and will be advised on the detailed application process.

     

  2. Nominated student will have to make one of the following choices using a link provided by his/her home university before 15 January:

     

    Choice A: Contact supervisors in NUS Faculty of Science or NUS School of Medicine directly

    Student needs to supply the faculty member with "Summer UROPS Project Details" form, his/her academic record, CV with publication list (if any), area of research interest and any other documents required by the faculty member. On the basis of this information, the faculty member would then decide whether to undertake supervision of the student. If the faculty member agrees to be the student's supervisor for a UROPS project, the former sends an email to the student confirming his/her acceptance of the student. Student is to forward the "Summer UROPS Project Details" form and acceptance email from the supervisor to Ms Niah Weixin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    If student is unable to secure a project by 15 January, he/she has to email Ms Niah Weixin their CV with publications (if any) and indicate two (2) potential supervisors and departments by 22 January. The Dean's Office will assist in securing a project for the student. 

     

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    Choice B: Request the Dean's Office to suggest suitable supervisor based on his/her research interests

    Student has to email his/her CV with publication list (if any) to Ms Niah Weixin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

  3. With the approval by the home university and the faculty member, student is to register online at the NON-GRADUATING STUDENTS APPLICATION SYSTEM as a research student before 1 March

    Student may wish to refer to the application guide before he/she proceeds to apply online. 

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  5. The applicant will need to send softcopy of the following documents to Ms Niah Weixin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 15 March:
    • Letter of acceptance by the FoS/NUSMed supervisors. This can be in a form of email or letter.
    • Summer UROPS Project Details form
    • CV with publication list (if any)
    • Letter from your university certifying the student's exchange status and the approved period of exchange
    • Completed Online Application form
    • Recent passport-sized photograph
    • Photocopy of passport particular page
    • Official Bachelor's Degree transcript

     

     Late applications will not be accepted.

     

  6. Student may visit the following links to identify their potential supervisors:

     

     

    Requirements

    Upon accepting the confirmation of successful application, students are to fulfill the following requirements:

    • To attend the Orientation on the first day of Special Term Part 1.
    • To devote full effort to complete the project.
    • To give an oral presentation at the end of Special Term Part 2 before leaving Singapore.
    • To submit a congress paper and a written technical full report approved by the supervisor at the end of October.
    • To enrich the experience, students are to participate in the series of activities with the students in the Biodiversity Programme such as fieldtrips and cultural immersion trips/events.
    • To complete a feedback exercise at the end of special term part 2.

     

     

    Accommodation / Housing

    Participants of the Research Opportunities will be put up at Prince George's Park Residences (PGPR) during the twelve weeks of research. Students cannot move into PGPR earlier than one day before the first day of NUS Special Term Part 1. Arrangements of room will only be confirmed in early May.

     

     

    Estimated Costs

    As an Exchange student, tuition fee will be waived, but he/she must pay for:

    • Student Activity & Services fee
    • NUS Health & Insurance Scheme

     

    Exact details of the above fees payable can be found at the Registrar Website.

    Students may also incur the following expenses during the stay in NUS:

    ItemsEstimated Costs (SGD)
    Student Pass Application Fee S$40 - S$100
    Housing (depending on room type) S$1600 - S$2600
    Meals S$900 - S$1500
    Transport (travel expenses on Public Buses/Trains) S$300 - S$450
    Personal Expenses S$250 - S$400

     

    The above constitutes only an estimated/approximate cost of the programme; some of the items would be subject to revisions and where appropriate an additional 7% goods and service tax is chargeable. These costs are based on an estimate for a reasonably comfortable lifestyle and do not represent the travelling costs as a tourist. The actual amount could be much higher or lower depending on individual spending patterns.