National STEM Talent Search

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The National STEM Talent Search (NSTS) is an annual competition by Science Centre Singapore with support from the Ministry of Education. Previously known as A*STAR Talent Search, the competition was inaugurated since 1995 and was based on a concept similar to the Regeneron Science Talent Search organised in USA.

NSTS is a prestigious annual competition that aims to motivate and accord national recognition to students who excel in science and technology. Through NSTS, Singapore students aged 15 to 21 years old are given a platform to showcase their projects and encouraged to further their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

There are five scientific categories for NSTS 2022

  • Biomedical Science
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Material Science

The competition format and details will also be shared with you upon submission of the form.

Take a look at what went on during the ATS awards ceremony for 2017!

 

  • APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS
    • All NSTS participants are required to have taken part in the Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF). Only Gold, Silver or Bronze award winners are eligible for NSTS. All candidates are required to showcase and articulate their SSEF research projects. 
    • Singaporean/PR Citizens
    • A secondary school or pre-university student aged between 15 – 21 years old (as of 1 May 2022).
    • Only one team member per SSEF 2022 project is allowed to participate

    If you are keen to participate in the competition, do indicate your interest by submitting the form here.

  • APPLICATION PROCEDURE

    Please refer to SSEF for more details on the application procedure.

    Eligible candidates will be contacted via their school after SSEF. They will undergo a shortlisting interview with a panel of distinguished judges from various universities and research institutes. Selected finalists will then undergo a Final Judging Interview to select the winners. 

  • KEY DATES
    ActivityDate
    Closing of NSTS Registration
    (More details will be shared in June to students who have registered)
    31 May 2022, Friday
    NSTS Shortlisting Interview Round
    (An online format may be necessary depending on the restrictions in place due to COVID-19)
    15 July 2022, Friday
    NSTS Final Judging Interview Round29 July 2022, Friday
    NSTS Awards Ceremony3 August 2022, Wednesday

     

    *Event dates are subject to change

  • JUDGING CRITERIA
    Judging CriteriaPoints (%)
    Creative ability / Independent thinking40
    Depth of understanding of project20
    Scientific attitude / Motivation and interests20
    Potential to pursue R&D career / Vision and Goal20

     

  • PRIZES

    Student Category

    Student Awards
    AwardPrize
    First PlaceCash Prize of S$5000
    Trophy & Certificate
    Second PlaceCash Prize of S$3000
    Trophy & Certificate
    Third PlaceCash Prize of S$2000
    Trophy & Certificate
    CommendationCash Prize of S$1000
    Certificate of Merit
     
    *For those who participated but were not awarded a position First, Second or Third

     

  • TERMS & CONDITIONS

    By submitting your application/registration for participation in National STEM Talent Search (NSTS), you agree that:

    a. Any and all personal data submitted by you in the course of your application/registration for and participation in NSTS may be collected, used and/or disclosed by the organisers for various purposes, including to communicate with you for purposes related to NSTS, and such other purposes the organisers may reasonably deem appropriate, or in relation to which you have otherwise provided your consent;

    b. The organisers may collect, use, disclose and share with its joint organisers and/or service providers, your personal data, including photographs or audio-video or other recordings of you captured or obtained by or for NSTS ("Material"), for publicity and/or use in advertisements across all media, including, without limitation, in the organisers' publications, presentations, promotional materials on its websites, in its original or edited format, whether to promote NSTS or otherwise, and without further notification, remuneration or compensation to you.

  • ATS AWARD WINNERS

    ATS 2020 Winners

     

    Student Awards

    AwardName
    First Place

    Qiu Xinzhi

    NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

    Second Place

    Jonathan Chew Jian Pin

    River Valley High School

    Third Place

    Tian Shuahao

    Hwa Chong Institution

    Commendation

    (arranged alphabetically by school name)

    Ethan John Lim

    Hwa Chong Institution

    Commendation

    (arranged alphabetically by school name)

    Thangaraja Keerthana

    National Junior College

    Commendation

    (arranged alphabetically by school name)

    Michelle Yaochai Yinfei

    NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

    Commendation

    (arranged alphabetically by school name)

    Sarah Wong Ee Min

    Raffles Girls' School

    School Awards

    NameSchoolPoints
    First Place

    NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

    6
    Second Place

    River Valley High School

    3
    Second Place

    Hwa Chong Institution

    3

     

     

    ATS 2019 Winners

     

    Student Awards

    AwardName
    First Place

    Tan Kin Hern
    NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

    Second Place

    Tan Yi Jie Valerie
    Dunman High School

    Third Place

    Sim Shang Hong
    St Andrews Junior College

    Commendation

    Yeow An Tze

    NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

    Commendation

    Zhao Zhiya

    Hwa Chong Institution

    Commendation

    Seet Yong Sheng Clive

    NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

    Commendation

    Ang Soo Hui

    Anglican High School

    Commendation

    Tan Yee Lin

    National Junior College

    School Awards

    NameSchoolPoints
    First Place

    NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

    7
    Second Place

    Dunman High School

    3
    Third Place

    St Andrews Junior College

    2

    Past Award Winners

    Click here to view the ATS Award Winners for 2006-2018.

Do contact us should you have any enquiries. You may email us at:

Mr Richard Low  richard_low@science.edu.sg 
Ms Loh Zi Yan  loh_zi_yan@science.edu.sg 
Mr Redza Adly  redza_adly_esmadi@science.edu.sg 
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