Science Centre Singapore and its group of attractions will remain closed until further notice.

A*STAR Talent Search (ATS) 2020

Congratulations to your students on qualifying for the A*STAR Talent Search (ATS) 2020! We are happy to inform you that ATS 2020 will still proceed and will take place on the following dates below. We have sent out an email to all the SSEF Gold, Silver and Bronze Award Winners to invite them to register for the competition here (only one team member per SSEF project may apply).

Activity

Date

Closing of ATS Registration

(More details will be sent in Jun to the students who have registered)

15 Jun 2020, Mon

Register here!

ATS 2020 Registration

ATS Shortlisting Interview Round

(video presentation or video interview may be necessary depending on the COVID-19 situation)

17 Aug 2020, Mon

ATS Final Judging Interview Round

1 Sep 2020, Tue

ATS Awards Ceremony

15 Sep 2020, Tue (TBC)

We hope that you continue to encourage your students to participate in ATS, as we assure you that the programme will continue to inspire their passion for science and value add to their learning and development, even amidst the current pandemic crisis.

About ATS (A*STAR Talent Search)

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 for science in the young in Singapore. The ATS is organised with the support of the 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 with 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 a 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 SSEF
    • Singaporean/PR Citizens
    • A secondary school or pre-university student aged between 15 - 20 years (as of 1 May 2020)
    • 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 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 of S$5,000
    • 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
  • PAST AWARD WINNERS

    ATS 2019 Winners

    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.

For more information, please email upstream@science.edu.sg or contact 6425 2591.