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Getting Work-Life Balance Down to a Science


Left: Jiang Sizun | Right: Tan Wui Siew

Contrary to the misconception that scientists spend long hours in their laboratories and hardly have time to pursue other interests, A*STAR scholars Dr Tan Wui Siew and Jiang Sizun demonstrate that it’s possible to be part of a world-class research organisation and still keep a good work-life balance.

By Renee Seow

When Dr Tan Wui Siew is not pushing the boundaries of materials science, the trim and tanned 28-year-old research scientist indulges in sports and occasionally travels to neighbouring countries to immerse in nature.

Her fellow compatriot, Jiang Sizun, is also a researcher, albeit in the field of structural biology and biochemistry. However, away from the microscope, the bespectacled 23-year-old enjoys running half marathons.

Besides their similar active lifestyles, both Wui Siew and Sizun are also recipients of one of Singapore’s most reputed science scholarships, the National Science Scholarship under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

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The Pursuit Of Excellence

At A*STAR, the dawn of a new day promises a fresh experience and the possibility of breaking new grounds. We speak to two scholars and find out how they aim to contribute to society and make a difference in our everyday lives.

By Yvette Tan

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is quite possibly one of the most prestigious and cosmopolitan organisations in Singapore to work for as it is Singapore’s leading research agency with world-class scientists of more than 60 nationalities.

Being able to dabble on the cutting edge of science and engineering has been a dream come true for 22-year-old Kang Zi Han and 25-year-old Jayce Cheng.

After receiving the highly coveted National Science Scholarship (NSS), the duo completed their undergraduate degrees at the University of Cambridge and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Rising Star in The Future Of Science

If you are looking for tips on launching a career as a scientist in Singapore, find out from two A*STAR scholars who have made the plunge without regrets and are brimming with great ideas for the future.

By Hazwan Aziz

Mr Liu Yun is an alumnus of Johns Hopkins University, attaining a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a second major in Computer Science, and a minor in Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

His counterpart, Ms Lee Yin Jin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) with a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering.

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The Allure of Science

If the wonders of science have always captured your imagination, a scholarship with A*STAR might be your perfect gateway to explore the boundless scientific realms, as scholars Pua Khian Hong and Gladia Chork will tell you.

By Lim Yan Wen

Not everyone is cut out for a career in doing scientific research. But guided by a fervent passion for science, a proactive attitude and an inquiring mind, a career in research can be a fulfilling one.

Just ask Pua Khian Hong – the 24-year-old scholar with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is currently serving a one-year attachment with the Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN). The bespectacled young man graduated in May 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a double major in Biochemistry and Chemistry.

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A*STAR: When Passion Fuels Research

Wishing upon a star won’t always give you what you desire. But at A*STAR, a love for science will ensure that your dreams can take flight!

By Charlene Tan

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is reputed for sending its scholars to top local and overseas universities to train with the brightest. Meet two individuals who had this opportunity – Dr Adrian Matthew Mak and Sim Jingwei. Though they are one decade apart, their hearts are set on the same goal – to contribute to the R&D sector in Singapore.

Brilliant minds
With 22 research institutes, consortia, and centres in the biomedical, science, and engineering sectors, A*STAR spearheads R&D and scientific inquiry in Singapore, driving the nation forward in a knowledge-based economy. Within its walls is a generation of scientists who dare to challenge the boundaries of modern science in areas such as biomedical sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and infocomm technologies.

“Research is about learning what’s unknown to mankind, to go through the physically and mentally tough challenge to develop something, and yet emerge surviving. I just love the challenge anytime!” Adrian quips.

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