Inaugural Student Life Awards 2019
The inaugural Student Life Awards, held on 26 January and organised by NUS’ Office of Student Affairs, brings together the Student Achievement Awards and the NUS Sports Awards. The ceremony aims to honour exceptional students and student groups in the areas of leadership, community service, community engagement, sports and non-sports competitions.
Science students, both as individuals and in teams, were part of this joyous occasion and received recognition for their contributions to the University.
Year 4 Pharmacy student Amos LIM Boon Hao received the Leadership Award (Merit) for his roles as the Organising Chairman of the Inter-Hall Games 2017/2018, as well as the Vice President for Eusoff Hall, where he spearheaded the Eusoff Fiesta and Eusoff flea market which raised funds for Eusoff Hall Bursary.
On receiving the award, Amos said, “Winning the award was a bonus, what I truly won was the experience and the journey. This award serves as a source of encouragement for me to continually give my best in whatever I do. I am honoured and humbled to receive this award and I would like to encourage my peers to be bold and take on new challenges as they come.”
Year 3 Pharmacy student Rowena LIM Si En was recognised for her accomplishments in the NUS Dragon Boat Team (Women), winning in the SAVA Sprints International XXI (2017) and taking the first place in both the Singapore Dragon Boat Festival and World University Dragon Boat Invitational Race in the Women’s 200m, 500m and 2km categories. She received the Athlete of the Year (Distinction) Award. Rowena shared, “I receive this award with a grateful heart and on behalf of my entire team who have paddled alongside me. All glory belongs to the One greater than I.”
Year 1 Life Sciences student Nur Marina CHAN Shi Min Alif Abdullah from the NUS Swimming Team (Women) received the Athlete of the Year Award (Merit) for her many accomplishments. Marina represented Singapore in the 2015 South East Asian Games, where she obtained Gold in the 4 x 100m Relay, and also represented the nation in the 2018 Asian Games. She is a Gold medalist and record holder for four events in SUniG (2017) and five events in the Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic Games (2018). She is also an active volunteer of the swimming team in the 2016 Special Olympics.
Marina said, “I am truly grateful and humbled to have received this award and being a part of a group of fellow students with great sporting achievements. It is very exciting to know that NUS not only nurtures students with exemplary achievements in studies and conduct but also students who excel in the sporting field.”
Mdm Ana Chan (right photo) received the Athlete of the Year (Merit) award on behalf of her daughter, Marina Chan (left photo) who is currently on Leave of Absence to train full time in Australia, in preparation for her qualification for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Two teams from the NUS Students’ Science Club were also acknowledged for their efforts in community service and engagement.
The Project Angel XXI (“Stringing Lives, Shaping Hope”) team received the Community Service Award (Merit). This year’s edition focused on a water project launched in a rural school in Chiang Mai, aiming to ease the accessibility to potable water in the region. Volunteers were involved in the construction of a water filtration system in the area and hosted education sessions to share knowledge about water resources.
Year 3 Chemistry student LEONG Enci, Publicity Executive of Project Angel XXI, shared, "We are very glad to be able to bring smiles to the children in Ban Huay Tong School. Through our experience during the expedition phase, we have learnt how to appreciate what we have here in Singapore and would do it again given an opportunity to. We are honoured to receive this award and hope that this will inspire more people to make an impact on the lives of others.”
Goh Kai Jie, Project Angel XXI Director, received the award at the ceremony.
The Sports Sub-Committee team received the Community Engagement Award (Merit) for the Science Sports Games 2018, which brought together Science staff, students and alumni for a day of friendly competitive sporting events. In the 2018 edition, the team introduced six more sports on top of the previous eight, which saw the participation rate increase by more than twice.
Year 2 Life Sciences student Xavier CHAN, Sports Director, Science Sports Games 2018, said, “The Sports Sub-committee is immensely grateful for this award. The award will motivate future batches of committee members to organise bigger and better events to impact and engage a greater community.”
Congratulations to all award winners!