When George Yeoh, a final-year Ngee Ann Polytechnic student, went for his internship in London, he was lucky enough to snag a rare opportunity.
The Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering student was picked to be involved in research at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, Imperial College London.
He was given a chance to be a research assistant at the Chemical Engineering Department of the university, working alongside PhD colleagues for 16 weeks in April last year.
George, 19, who has a perfect 4.0 GPA, relished the experience of working with the team at Imperial College.
"It was a diverse and dynamic team. The members were from many different countries and backgrounds," he said.
"We had different ideas but we all had the same goal. Our chemistry was wonderful."
Part of his research involved the manufacture of protein and he was required to make weekly presentations on his progress.
His most memorable presentation involved the subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories, a well-known global pharmaceuticals and health-care products company, when he was scheduled to be the first speaker.
"They were going to decide whether to fund our research team based on our presentation, so a lot was at stake.
"I was so nervous that I practised 42 times. Thankfully, it went well," he said.
The regular presentations have honed his public speaking skills and confidence.
"Every time I'm nervous before a presentation, I'll just think back to the (Abbott Laboratories) experience and feel better," he said.
Inspired by his learning experience, he hopes to land a scholarship with Imperial College and pursue research in renewable energy in future.
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