SPS Dean's Tea 2017


 The annual Special Programme in Science (SPS) Dean's Tea celebrates the achievements of SPS students through the year, the graduation of final-year SPS students from the programme and the accomplishments of SPS alumni.

The 2017 edition was held on 27 October. Prof GOH Say Song, Vice Dean of Outreach and Admission, opened the event with a speech, recounting the success stories of SPS students in the 2016 International Natural Sciences Tournament, 2016 International Genetically Engineered Machine and Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards.

Thereafter, Clement TAN Kok Yong, one of the SPS head mentors in Academic Year 2016/2017, represented his SPS 2014 batch mates to deliver his valedictorian speech. In the speech, Clement shared on his early days in SPS, working hard to meet the programme's rigourous requirements.

The speech was followed by the SPS 2014 graduation ceremony, where 36 SPS students received their certificate of completion from the Prof Goh. The certificate officially marks their completion of the SPS programme, having fulfilled the requirements of successfully passing six SPS modules, namely SP2171 Discovering Science, SP2173 Atoms to Molecules, SP2174 The Cell, SP3172 Integrated Science Project, SP3175 The Earth, and SP3176 The Universe.



SPS 2014 students with their certificates From left to right: Choi Yan Ru, Ang Shi Hui, Nguyen Hoang Diem Phuong, and Nicole Ann Gunn Li L


Clement Tan (SPS 2014) gave a rousing valedictorian speech

The last segment of the evening featured Dr LIN Yangchen (www.linyangchen.com), an SPS 2001 alumnus. Truly an individual of breadth and depth, Dr Lin is an accomplished photographer and musician. Among his portfolio is a photo exhibition celebrating London Underground's 150th anniversary and his organ and orchestral performances at the Esplanade Concert Hall. He also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, with his thesis exploring complex ecological network dynamics. When asked if he missed SPS after graduating in 2004, Dr Lin replied that while he did miss his SPS contemporaries, he did not miss the programme as he "lives the programme" every day through the "SPS spirit" of being curious, scientific-minded, open to new ideas and always eager to learn new things.


A fireside chat with Dr Lin Yangcheng (second from left, in grey shirt), an SPS 2001 alumnus