The Research Exposure Programme was a very interesting experience for us. After getting to know one another, we visited the Biopolis Shared Facilities and I was intrigued by the fact that they have created a supermarket for the scientific community. Instead of food on shelves, there are things like beakers and samples!
We were also separated into different groups and visited different places such as the Bioinformatics Institute (BII). The researchers gave a presentation on the process of a research and we were given the opportunity to visit a lab. We were so fascinated by the equipment and apparatus that we all started to wish we could just go for the lab instead.
FusionWorld showcased innovations by A*STAR's research institute. Different sections showcasing different inventions for different purposes as well as watching our group mates go through a Chicken Run Mind Game with pure concentration.
For the main part of the programme, we divided into our tracks and there I was, sitting in the CRADLE lab and listening to a whole bunch of stuff about light and bending light. We learnt about spectroscopy and went around science centre pointing our pocket spectroscope at different light sources leaving many people confused as we walk past. We also got to use Scanning Electron Microscope to look at different things including our group mates' hair.
Lunch talks from Dr Wu Yan and Dr Yue Wan from the Institute of Infocomm Research (I2R) and the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIScover stories of their journey through PhD and their research work, giving us a different perspectives of research.
On top of that we had a forum with the A*STAR scholars to know more about the A*STAR scholarship, about research as well as how it was like to study abroad.
Last but not least, the BBQ. Food is the best.
Oh, and Robert Bunsen (Bunsen burner), is actually pronounced as boon-sen because its German.