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NUS student wins prestigious International Fulbright Science and Technology Award 2009

1 Dec 2009

Ms Gwynne Lim Shimin, an NUS Master of Science in Life Sciences student, has won the prestigious International Fulbright Science and Technology Award 2009 which allows talented foreign students with an opportunity to pursue Ph.D. studies in top American universities. The Award is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Upon completion of her Master's degree at NUS, Gwynne will be pursuing a PhD in Science, Technology and Engineering at a leading university in the United States. She said: "The avenue of scientific inquiry that I'm pursuing is more ultimate than proximate, which means to say, I am more interested in why something comes about rather than finding out the how; which is what a great majority of scientific research that is being conducted and popularised in Singapore today focus on."

She added: "I intend to reconstruct the historical events that have led to the co-evolution of plants and insects in Southeast Asia, and look at the unique geography of this region by determining the relationships of a mega-diverse group."

With a passion in Biology, Gwynne's research interests lie in systematic botany and entomology, biogeography and co-evolution as well as Southeast Asian Biodiversity. She has co-authored a number of publications and participated in conferences including the Willi Hennig Society meetings and the 6th International Congress of Dipterology in Fukuoka, Japan.

Gwynne was a University Scholar during her undergraduate days in NUS and she graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree, with a major in Life Science (Biology). In the academic year 2008/2009, she won the NUS Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. She was also the Editor-in-Chief of the first issue of NUS' chapter of "The Triple Helix" which is dedicated to popularising science across the campuses of major universities around the world.