In her final year of undergraduate studies, USP alum Li Yanzhe (Pharmacy + USP, Class of 2016) was awarded with the NUS Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize (OURP) 2015/2016 (Individual category) for her project titled, “Safety and Efficacy of Immuno-privileged Cord Lining Epithelial Cells For Cutaneous Wound Repair – A Pilot in vivo Study”.

OURP was launched as an annual university-wide competition to encourage research and to recognise the best undergraduate researchers in NUS. Through this competition, students develop their research skills for use in courses and other academic and professional pursuits, identify academic and career interests, learn about a new field, develop working relationships between classmates and faculty mentors, and provide them a glimpse of graduate life.

Here is an excerpt of Yanzhe’s testimonial from the Faculty of Science website:

“I am deeply honoured to receive the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize! To a budding researcher like me, this prize means a lot – it not only serves as an acknowledgement of the research achievements that I have made during my undergraduate years, but also motivates me to embark on a career in scientific research with greater passion and resilience!... Embarking on this project as my final year honours project has been a fulfilling experience. Throughout the journey, I have learnt the importance of critical-thinking by exploring alternative potential solutions to a problem, working without anticipation of a singular “right answer” and applying scientific methods through careful review and thorough planning.”

We congratulate Yanzhe for her hardwork and hope her passion for research keeps burning!


Application for NUS Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize award 2016/2017 is now open till 7 April 2017. For more details, click HERE.