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ATS (A*STAR Talent Search) is an initiative from 2006 to reward students who have performed well in scientific research. It is part of the A*STAR Graduate Academy (AGA)'s Youth Science outreach to schools with the aim to inspire & sustain a passion in science in the young in Singapore. The ATS is organised with the support of Science Centre Singapore.

The ATS is an annual competition which acknowledges and rewards students aged 15 to 21 years old who have a strong aptitude for science & technology. This competition provides students the opportunity to showcase their stellar projects and encourage them to further explore science and technology.

Candidates are required to showcase their research projects in the Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF) for the first round of judging. Short-listed candidates will then undergo at least two more rounds of selection before the winners emerge. The panel of judges consists of distinguished scientists from local and international universities, as well as A*STAR research institutes and a Nobel Laureate. ATS winners need to display resourcefulness, mastery of scientific concepts, as well as passion for scientific research.

Take a look at what went on during the ATS awards ceremony for 2017:
  • APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS
    • All ATS participants are required to take part in the Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF). Only Gold, Silver or Bronze award winners of the) will be eligible for the first round of ATS judging. All candidates are required to showcase their research projects. For more information on SSEF, please visit www.science.edu.sg/ssef
    • Singaporean/ PR
    • A secondary school or pre-university student aged between 15 - 21 years (as of 1 May 2019)
    • Interested in a long-term career as a researcher
    • Only individual category. There is no team category for ATS. From 2016 onwards, only one individual from each SSEF team may enter the competition. Teams are to select one member to be considered for ATS. Individuals can simply register their interest in ATS.
    • Individuals may simply register their interest in ATS.
  • APPLICATION PROCEDURE

    Please refer to SSEF 2019 website for more details on the application procedure.

    Eligible candidates will be contacted via the 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. 

  • JUDGING CRITERIA
    CriteriaPoints
    Depth of understanding of project20
    Creative ability / Independent thinking40
    Scientific attitude / Motivation and interests20
    Potential to pursue R&D careers / Vision and goal20

  • PRIZES

    Student Category

    StudentPrizePoints allocated to winner's school
    First Place
    • Cash prize plus a sponsored trip to an overseas conference worth S$5,000 in total
    • Trophy
    • Certificate
    5
    Second Place
    • Cash prize of S$3,000
    • Trophy
    • Certificate
    3
    Third Place
    • Cash prize of S$2,000
    • Trophy
    • Certificate
    2
    Commendation
    • Cash prize of S$1,000
    • Certificate

    1

    School Category

    Schools are awarded points according to the placement of their winning students. For example, if the first place winner is from XYZ school, then XYZ school will be awarded 5 points. To allow the schools to promote and improve science learning, prize monies and certificates will be given to the three schools with the most accumulated points.

    SchoolPrize
    First Place
    • Cash prize of S$5,000
    • Certificate
    Second Place
    • Cash prize of S$3,000
    • Certificate
    Third Place
    • Cash prize of S$2,000
    • Certificate
  • AWARD WINNERS

    ATS 2018 Winners

    AwardName
    First Place

    Vijayakumar Ragavi
    NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

    Project:
    A humanised hypertrophic cardiomyopathy model to elucidate molecular mechanism in disease pathology

    Second Place

    Li Jing Tao
    NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

    Project:
    Summation of certain Fourier series and their applications to infinite series

    Third Place

    Lendermann Markus Paul Zhi-Guang
    NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

    Project:
    Optical analysis of the defocused single lens pinhole telescope

    Commendation

    Aleena Madathiparambil Saju
    National Junior College

    Project:
    Novel therapy responsive splicing switch for gene therapy

    Commendation

    Bryan Sow Miaoxuan
    Raffles Institution

    Project:
    Electrically tailored metachrosis in ZnO:C nanowires

    Commendation

    Colin Chuang Kai Yuan
    Hwa Chong Institution

    Project:
    Regulation of T cell development by TLR9 in systemic Lupus Erythematosus

    Commendation

    Jovi Koh Li
    Raffles Institution

    Project:
    Functional characterisation of CRSIPR/Mbcpf1 in vitro

    Commendation

    Kee Jin Wen
    National Junior College

    Project:
    Affinity of aptamers studied by precision ellipsometry

     

    Past Award Winners

    Click here for the list of ATS Award Winners 2006-2017.

For more information, please contact the project officer (Pamela_Loke@science.edu.sg or marcus_fa@science.edu.sg) or at 6425 2595.