UTS program brings Singapore Polytechnic students to study in Sydney
Left to right: Jaye Lu, Andrew Liew, Erica Lee and Christel Leong (seated).
Photo by Sarah Carlisle
Two students from a Singapore Polytechnic have recently spent 3 months studying at UTS on a teaching and research program.
Singapore students Christel Leong and Erica Lee were partnered with UTS PhD students Andrew Liew and Jaye Lu, from the School of Medical and Molecular Biosciences.
Under the supervision of Professor Liz Harry, both Andrew and Jaye helped set up and assisted with experiments, which were focused on the content of their PhD studies.
Andrew Liew, who is investigating the cell division of Staphylococcus aureus, says that supervising international students during his studies was a tricky yet rewarding experience.
“It’s been interesting and a really good opportunity to get to know a different perspective from students who are studying at a different level,” Andrew says
“They are only here for three months, so designing a project that fits into their time frame is quite challenging as science takes time.”
Jaye Lu is studying honey’s antibacterial properties and how honey affects bacterial biofilms. She says that while she has experience supervising other UTS students, working with international students and teaching at their knowledge level was a new experience.
“It’s good for us in academic research to be exposed to different levels of teaching and research in the lab and it’s good for the students as they learn about the real world of research. My time management skills have really been tested as I’ve had to juggle my time with the Singapore Polytechnic students, my PhD research and my teaching allocation.”
Erica and Christel are in their second year studying diplomas of biomedical science at Singapore Polytechnic and both spent three months studying at UTS through the internship research program.
Erica says that during the program she was constantly learning and experiencing what it would be like to work in research, which was helped by the fact that she had the opportunity to work with two PhD students.
“I never thought I wanted to go into research, however my time at UTS has changed my view on how research works.”
She says that the experience working alongside the PhD students has inspired her to continue to pursue her education in biomedical science and research.
“When you see people who are so passionate about science or doing a PhD it inspires you to want to do more.”
Christel says that one of the most valuable parts of her trip was experiencing the different teaching style at UTS.
“In school we don’t do much reading of scientific articles, but here at UTS we did a lot of reading which gave us a good background to the research projects and experiments we were assigned to.”
This research internship program was launched last year by UTS Science to attract potential international students from a variety of Singaporean Polytechnic institutions, who have an interest in pursuing a UTS Bachelor’s degree in science.
Left to right: Jaye Lu, Erica Lee, Christel Leong and Andrew Liew.
Photo by Sarah Carlisle