Over 40 prospective students and their parents turned up for the Physics Engagement Day on 27 April. The third session to be held, Engagement Day is an initiative by the Faculty of Science to engage prospective students who have received admission offers to consider pursuing a science degree at NUS. The Department of Physics hopes that participants will be well informed of the curriculum, research opportunities and career openings available for a physics education.
The day started with the Head of Department, Prof Sow Chorng Haur, giving a welcome speech and brief introduction of the department to participants. The Department of Physics offers a programme of critical scientific thinking which provides learners experience in both theory and experiment. Graduates could look forward to a wide range of career options from engineering in electronics and bio-tech firms to data analytics in e-commerce companies.
Deputy Head (Education) Prof Valerio Scarani explained how physics has evolved over history: from motional forces to proton beam therapy, physics explores the fundamental questions and is central in all technological innovation given its capacity to harness and solve new, complex problems. He also gave participants an overall picture of the department curriculum structure including specialisations and minors available to undergraduates.
The highlight of the day was a tour to three research facilities:
Indeed it was a truly awe-inspiring day for prospective students and parents as they learned about the physics education in NUS and witnessed first-hand the different state-of-the-art research endeavours in the department.