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PhD prizes for sustainability research

18 July 2013

The 10 PhD prize winners from NUS and NTU with key VIPs at the event, including Dr Feng (back row, 4th from left)
NUS researcher Dr Tay Ywee Chieh pioneered Singapore’s first study to investigate the population dynamics among its coral reefs using virtual model simulations and genetic information. She was among five NUS PhD graduates who won this year’s World Future Foundation (WFF) PhD Prize.

They were each awarded US$10,000 (S$12,600) for their outstanding doctoral research related to the environment, sustainability and the metropolis of the future. Dr Feng Lun, Founder and Board Chairman of WFF, presented the cash prizes to these winners and five others from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) at an award ceremony on 11 July 2013. Some 100 students, faculty members and other distinguished guests attended the event, including Professor Bernard Tan, NUS Vice Provost (Education), and Professor Yue Chee Yoon, NTU Associate Provost (Graduate Education).

Dr Feng said: “World Future Foundation is proud to present the PhD Prizes for the fourth year running. This is a vital platform to recognise young scholars from NTU and NUS and promote sustainability-focused research that will benefit the entire world. This year’s winners are great role models for other young researchers, and they deserve their success.”

Prof Tan added: “From protecting coral reefs to developing a porous ceramic membrane that removes soluble oil from water, our winners have demonstrated creativity and commitment in developing high-quality sustainable solutions. The WFF PhD Prize will spur these researchers to further their work in sustainability research. NUS will continue to strengthen our research capabilities to bring about better solutions for a greener environment. ”

The WFF is a Singapore-registered charity organisation devoted to advancing the research and development of new environmental technologies. The PhD Prize, introduced in 2010, is the first-of-its-kind award in Singapore to recognise excellence in doctoral-level environmental and sustainability research.