What our graduates say about Bachelor of Science (Honours)

MOHAMMAD FAHIMIZADEH

1. What/who influenced your decision in choosing BSc(Hons)?

Having understood the value of the honours component through various sources such as the briefings we received during the 3rd year, as well as being personally research-driven, honours was seemingly the right path forward.

2. Please describe your BSc(Hons) learning experience (please include comments on supervisor, facilities, and life on campus).

Simply invaluable, taking part in a multidisciplinary project allowed me to explore and learn beyond my biotechnology undergraduate education, diving into microbiology, material science, and civil engineering. Working under two attentive and supportive supervisors from the School of Science (A/P Dr. Mae) and School of Engineering (Dr. Pooria Pasbakhsh) exposed me to two different schools of thought and the beauty of applied sciences when integrated under one experimental scheme.

3. What qualities did you acquire after completing BSc(Hons)?

I am now much more comfortable to take on projects which are seemingly complicated or 'over my head'. I can easily apply the gained research skills to a variety of tasks and issues.

4. Would you encourage other current students to enrol into BSc(Hons)? Why?

Yes, one year of immersive research experience is perhaps the best way to determine what you'd like to do in the future and can lead to various possibilities.

RAVINI AYODDHIA SIRILAL GURUNANSELAGE DON

1. What/who influenced your decision in choosing BSc(Hons)?

I have always been very keen on pursuing a career in research and thought the best way to go about this was to pursue my BSc(Hons) as it would provide a realistic environment for such scope. Additionally, this could open the door to further academic studies and provide guidance in the field of research.

2. Please describe your BSc(Hons) learning experience (please include comments on supervisor, facilities, and life on campus).

It was an enriching and challenging experience for me as it allowed me to gain first-hand experience of what the life of a scientist would entail. I am extremely grateful to my supervisor Dr. Michelle Yap Khai Khun for her constant guidance and advice throughout my research. I was also encouraged to present my findings at the Inter-Varsity Biochemistry seminar, which I have certainly benefited as I won the best poster award. The facilities provided by the campus were good and the laboratories were well-equipped.

3. What qualities did you acquire after completing BSc(Hons)?

This research experience allowed me to improve my technical and critical proficiencies and to understand the scientific rationales of the experiments. It also allowed me to find out my strengths and weaknesses in a high pressure environment, manage multiple tasks at once and deliver them to a high standard. Although, the learning curve was steep, it taught me how to deal with failing experiments and that it was never a bad moment to ask for guidance from my supervisors and seniors. Overall, this experience has developed my confidence and helped me work independently.

4. Would you encourage other current students to enrol into BSc(Hons)? Why?

I would thoroughly recommend current students to pursue their BSc(Hons) as this provides a perspective on the going-ons within a research laboratory and will also assist in providing possible interests in research if uncertain.

SAIYARA SHEHNAZ

1. What/who influenced your decision in choosing BSc(Hons)?

I think there were several factors that influenced me to pursue my BSc(Hons) degree. The first was that I pursued the Science in Action Research Project (SCI3990) unit during my last semester of my BSc(Biotech) degree and although I found it challenging to navigate around the lab setting, as well as learn new techniques and use new lab equipment, I found it quite exhilarating when the end results turned out to be good. Additionally, I had nice and supportive seniors pursuing either the BSc(Hons) or PhD degree who encouraged me to work hard and give me a hand if I was confused or stuck at any point. Finally, my supervisor was an incredibly patient individual who guided and encouraged me every step of the way and thus, I chose to continue to build my research under him for my BSc(Hons) degree.

2. Please describe your BSc(Hons) learning experience (please include comments on supervisor, facilities, and life on campus).

The overall experience I had for my degree was both challenging and yet rewarding. My supervisor, Prof. Sadequr Rahman, had previously guided me for my third year research project and thus knew how to guide me in a way where I could work my hardest and achieve a good outcome. He was an extremely patient person who encouraged me to tackle my challenges head on in an independent manner but was also present to guide me if I couldn't solve a problem alone. He was tireless and adamant in his belief in me even when I was unsure of myself. I was able to tackle learning new software and refreshing my abilities with previous software I had learnt using the LINUX command based terminal due to him pushing me out of my comfort zone and his constant belief in me. Additionally, the various coursework assignments of the BSc(Hons) degree such as statistics and literature review, were extremely helpful for my research thesis writing while the journal article presentation helped a lot when it came to preparation of the research presentation. I had the appropriate facilities available for me to pursue my research with minimal disruptions which I am grateful for and life on campus was good as I had my course-mates, seniors and supervisor to continuously support me through the degree period.

3. What qualities did you acquire after completing BSc(Hons)?

I think I learned to become more independent after completing the BSc(Hons). Before the degree, I might have immediately sought help from my seniors or supervisor when I faced an obstacle, however, during the course of the degree, I learnt to trust myself and my ability to find a solution to a problem faced. This in turn made me feel more confident and comfortable within the lab setting. I also learnt bioinformatics skills such as using various LINUX command-based software which I might not have had the opportunity to learn had I not pursued this research degree. I learnt to work well alongside my immediate seniors, as well as other course-mates and seniors within the same lab. I have also honed in my writing skills from producing various drafts of my literature review and research thesis, as well as my presentation skills from feedback provided by my seniors and supervisor.

4. Would you encourage other current students to enrol into BSc(Hons)? Why?

I would encourage other current students to enroll into the BSc(Hons) degree because it gives a student various opportunities that we do not get during the BSc degree such as using a wider range of lab equipment. The degree gives us the opportunity to pursue independent research with the goal of answering a question as well as overcoming unexpected obstacles which provide the opportunity for you to increase your knowledge by reading how others have handled the same or similar situations as well as giving you the chance to step out of the box if required. The degree also greatly benefits not just individuals who would like to pursue a postgraduate degree but also those who wish to work within a lab setting following their Bachelors graduation as it allows one to familiarize themselves with the environment. In addition, it shows that the student is capable of not in doing research work but has the appropriate writing and presentation skills for future employers as well as research supervisors.

AURELIE SARAH MOK TSZE CHUNG

1. What/who influenced your decision in choosing BSc(Hons)?

During my third year of undergraduate studies, I enrolled myself in the third year research unit so that I could get a foretaste of the research experience. During that time, even though there were challenging moments, I felt quite at ease in the lab with helpful seniors and supervisor. After submitting my third year research thesis, I was confident that I could pursue my BSc(Hons).

2. Please describe your BSc(Hons) learning experience (please include comments on supervisor, facilities, and life on campus).

I am so grateful and blessed to have had Dr Joash as my supervisor for my BSc(Hons). He would always be there to advise me on my research and would always bring all of his students together as a community to help each other. He remained optimistic throughout the whole research, which as a domino effect, helped me to boost myself up. The statistical coursework was really helpful and same goes for the literature review, which gave me an insight in writing articles/reviews for publications. The facilities were good but could be improved so that the research process could be more efficient and quicker. Overall, I think the thrill of the unknown and the unexpected in conducting research was what kept me going. At the end, when you submit your thesis, you can only be proud of yourself and this feeling of satisfaction is priceless.

3. What qualities did you acquire after completing BSc(Hons)?

My scientific/laboratory skills were much improved. I've learnt to work with other students in the lab and grow as a team. The most important qualities I acquired were the analytical and critical skills. Moreover I can proudly say now that I no longer read articles passively but apply ''critical reading'' during my literature review which is essential skill for research.

4. Would you encourage other current students to enrol into BSc(Hons)? Why?

I would definitely encourage people to pursue their BSc (Hons) because it allows you to explore a certain field in a much greater depth. Moreover, from a potential employer's perspective, it looks very good on your CV to have demonstrated the ability to achieve a complex goal within a limited span of time and also conduct independent research and write coherent report.

LOH ZHI HUNG

1. What/who influenced your decision in choosing BSc(Hons)?

My interest in research and the experience I had from SCI3990 were the main drive to join this course. The encouragement from my mother to pursue the course solidified my decision.

2. Please describe your BSc(Hons) learning experience

During my research, I had learned many things from my supervisor and seniors. My supervisor was always ready to guide me when I had difficulties during my research. My seniors were very friendly and were always available to help me. The facilities in the research lab are par to the current standard of today's research.

3. What qualities did you acquire after completing BSc(Hons)?

I learned to be independent and able to solve problems critically. I had learned how to handle various analytical instruments. I also learned to keep asking questions if there were something I did not understand.

4. Would you encourage other current students to enrol into BSc(Hons)? Why?

BSc (Hons) is a great option for students to enhance and sharpen their research skills while experiencing the research aspect of science. The time spent during this course would be very valuable for students who desire to continue postgraduate related research.

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MEGHNA JAHAJEEAH

1. What/who influenced your decision in choosing BSc(Hons)?

My decision to join in BSc(Hons) was influenced by my parents, along with the lecturers from the School of  Science, who highly encouraged students to join in this course. Also, BSc(Hons) was portrayed as being a stepping stone towards the world of research and hence, I was very interested in having a feel of what a  researcher's life could be like.

2. Please describe your BSc(Hons) learning experience (please include comments on supervisor,  facilities and life on campus?

I was very amazed by the whole set up of the course. For instance, my supervisor (Dr Choo Wee Sim) was  very helpful and guided me through my BSc(Hons) year with a lot of support and advice. I had a very  helpful seniors who were always there when needed and open to discussion. The Laboratory Management  staff were also welcoming and were always there to help as soon as possible, when prompted.

3. What qualities did you acquire during your BSc(Hons)?

I have learnt to be very patient through BSc(Hons). I have also acquired time management skills. I was able to brush up my presentation skills throughout the course.

4. Would you encourage other current students to enrol into BSc(Hons)? Why?

I would definitely encourages students to enrol in BSc(Hons) since this course actually helps in planning one's future regarding whether or not research is the right pathway to go towards.

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ANG BOON HONG

1. What/who influenced your decision in choosing BSc(Hons)?

My parent and companion.

2. Please describe your BSc(Hons) learning experience?

It was a whole new learning experience as my honours years was more challenging than degree years. It  revolved around self discipline and time management. I have chosen supervisors I am comfortable working  with and more importantly they are very flexible and helpful. With regard to facilities, I was given to a  fully-furnished office for the entire year and I could not ask more.

3. What qualities did you acquire during your BSc(Hons)?

Independence and research skills.

4. Would you encourage other current students to enrol into BSc(Hons)? Why?

Yes because it exposes undergraduate to a whole new learning process. It prepares oneself for future undertakings. It also provides great advantage for those keen in pursuing postgraduate studies.

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FARAH NGIAM

1. What/who influenced your decision in choosing BSc(Hons)?

I have been highly influenced by my buddy who was also taking the same course as me. Also, the Honours  course will lead me to a brighter future and broader knowledge. Last but not least, I am very interested in  one of the topics listed for the course and I would like to know more about it. All of these have made me  to make my decision in taking the Honours course.

2. Please describe your BSc(Hons) learning experience?

My learning experience during the honours course was excellent! My supervisor (Dr Arkendu Sen) is great  and very helpful. He encouraged me to learn more about my field of study. Also, he always provide me  the best advice whenever I faced any obstacles during my research progress. The same goes to my co-  supervisor (Dr Ton). She helped me a lot in order to obtain permission to proceed with my research at  Sunway Medical Centre. My whole research will not be completed without their big hearts.

3. What qualities did you acquire during your BSc(Hons)?

I have learnt a lot during the honours course and of course I have gained many qualities as well. I have learnt about time management, socializing with people, patience, confidence and many more. But the most priceless quality is that I have learnt how to deal with patients at the hospital (how to communicate with patients for surveys and qualitative questionnaires).

4. Would you encourage other current students to enrol into BSc(Hons)? Why?

Yes, of course. This honours course is a good experience for the students as they can be more independent and at the same time gain more knowledge beyond their learning process during their degree course.

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KANAGESSWARI MUNIANDY

1. What/who influenced your decision in choosing BSc(Hons)?

I did my BSc at Monash. So I knew it would be good experience to do my Honours here as well.

2. Please describe your BSc(Hons) learning experience?

Overall, it was good experience. My supervisor (Prof. Sadequr) taught and guided me well to achieve my  research objectives. I learned a lot of new skills and knowledge for the last one year. My Honours  Coordinator, Dr Mae helped and advised me throughout the Honours project. The facilities were good    enough but can be improved more.

3. What qualities did you acquire during your BSc(Hons)?

I have mastered appropriate molecular biology techniques, bioinformatic skills, presentation skills and  confidence in my project and myself.

4. Would you encourage other current students to enrol into BSc(Hons)? Why?

Yes, I would as it serves as basic training before venturing into the postgraduate world.