UROP Proceedings 2022-23

YAP, Octavius Jessica BEng in Chemical Engineering I have been participating in three different UROP projects, and I really enjoyed every bit of it. UROP gave me an opportunity to experience hands-on academic research and I learned a lot during my time in UROP. I met so many mentors that taught me a lot of research skills and helped shape me into a better researcher, from teaching how to use pipettes correctly to operating some sophisticated equipment like peptide synthesizer and high-performance liquid chromatography. The professors also gave me a lot of input that was really useful for me to improve myself from time to time. There were times when the research project was stuck and the results were not what we expected, but during that time I learned perseverance and resilience in facing the struggles as part of research journey. I really like research, the satisfaction of achieving something in the research project is something that I could not get inside the classroom. In the future, I would like to continue doing research and pursue further studies. I also aspire to become a Principal Investigator in the long term so that I can still conduct research while training the next generation of scientists. ZHANG, Weiwen BSc in Data Science and Technology Throughout my UROP experience, my supervisor and Ph.D students in the research group guided and encouraged me through every stage of the research process. I have learned how to conduct thorough literature reviews, propose effective methodologies, design experiments, write research papers, submit them for conferences, and even prepare rebuttals. Thanks to this valuable and fruitful UROP experience, I have learned how to conduct the research from the perspectives of both a researcher and a paper reader or a reviewer. UROP certainly serves as the source of my motivation and inspiration to pursue my research interests in the future. I feel empowered to continue exploring exciting research topics in my postgraduate works. iii