FAQ about ASA program
What is this program for?
The program is open for Grade 10-12 SPH students who have strong interest in Science, Engineering and Programming.
What field of science is offered?
The Applied Science Academy is interdisciplinary covering traditional sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics and other emerging fields of science and engineering.
Who are the mentors?
The Applied Science Academy director, Dr. Eden Steven, will oversee and participate in each of the students' projects. He will be supported by faculties at UPH and other research institutions as mentors, who specialize in biotechnology, computer science and others.
How to join the program?
There will be an interview and a selection process for student applicants as spots are limited. Students are required to apply and submit an application form and schedule an interview with the program director where students will give present on why they are interested to join the program and 2 possible topics of interest.
What are the requirements?
The Applied Science Academy is suitable for students who have strong interest in Science, self-disciplined, eager to learn new skills and have good academic track records.
Is ASA program graded?
No, but the students are required to present their findings in Annual Science Exhibition at the end of the school year. They will receive a certificate and letter of recommendation and opportunity to get their work disseminated to public or published in international forums.
What are the benefits of this program?
Advanced Scientific Research Experience
-Build Scientific portfolio for college application.
-Opportunity to participate in conferences or competition.
-Synergy with the IB program and its philosophy.
Obtain Professional Skillsets
-Obtain pre-college or college level specialized skillsets and knowledge.
-Learn and practice how to write and publish scientific reports.
-Experience what it takes to develop real systems and apps.
-Gain experience working and networking with research groups in universities and other research institutes.
Early Career Preparation
-Practice and improve effective and agile learning and planning habit.
-Exposure to current and future trend in science and technology to help with college career decisions.
When do the students work on their projects?
Students will conduct their experiments outside of class hours. Just like any other extra-curricular activities, students are welcome to work on their projects after school, during lunch, or during weekend or holiday period. The science program has no fixed schedule and it is up to the students and mentors to plan out their experiments accordingly. For example, during exam weeks, students are not expected to perform their experiments so they can focus on exam preparations. In general, students are expected to have a regular weekly meeting with their mentors and work on their projects for 2 hours / week through out the school year.