Chemistry Graduate Society

Department of chemistry


End of Semester pizza Party-2016 Nov

Time flies! CGS committee has spend one year together with the chemistry students. Looking back at the happy time, we shared our experience, and introduced the new CGS committee. The old CGS committee were awarded certificates by Dr, Foo and HOD.

Also, congratulations to the best TA winners!

Same as the pervious events, the event ended with pizza and joy.

Date : Nov 2016

Place : S8-03-14

Photos of End of Semster Pizza Party Nov.2016


Freshers' Orientation-2016 Aug

New Semester is coming! We are here to welcome the new batch of chemistry graduate students! First came the brief events hold by CGS and a welcome talk by Dr. Foo. Then we enjoyed the ice-breaking games. We remembered each others’ name and had lots of fun in the afternoon. The winners of the games even received vouchers and prizes! Our photographer kept this happy memory by the pictures! Finally, pizza arrived! Enjoy the lovely dinner with new friends!

Date : Sep 2016

Place : S8-03-14

Photos of Freshers' Orientation-2016 Aug


Chemistry Graduate Symposium

The end-of-year holidays saw the CGS committee’s hard work and time management skills put to the test as they organised the first Chemistry Graduate Symposium for the department. This symposium will later become the occasion for graduates sitting their 3rd qualifying exam, but this first year was a bit of a trial run to start putting the plans into place. The event was a huge success, with more than 70 participants displaying their posters for all to see. A great afternoon of interdepartmental networking, with everyone sharing their research and surely making new friends and collaborations along the way. There were four categories on display, with a total of 7 prizes to be won for best poster. The winners received a nice cheque for conference travel. There were also five smaller prizes for the “People’s Choice Award” to be voted for by the participants, with the winners receiving vouchers for the NUS Co op shop. Well done to all of the participants, and a huge congratulations to all of the prize winners!

Date : Aug 2016

Place : Universiy Hall

Photos of Chemistry Graduate Symposium


Newsletter "The Elements"

CGS produced the maiden issue of its newsletter “The Elements” for all of the department to read. It contained news and updates regarding everything CGS, as well as some other points of interest from within the chemistry department.

Date : June 2012

Pdf of the newsletter


Academic Writing Workshop

CGS held an event which was very popular with all graduate students, as well as some post doctoral staff members! We all acknowledge and understand that English is not the first language of a large majority of the graduates in the chemistry department, and so a short writing talk was organised for all to attend. Dr Jeffrey Mok from the Centre for English Language Communication was the invited speaker, and his humorous yet informative lecture proved to be a valuable investment of time for all present. The evening was capped off with a chance for all of the attendees to blow off some steam and enjoy some social interaction over pizza and soft drinks.

Date : 21th Apr 2016

Place : LT 27

Photos of Academic Writing Workshop


Fresh Orientation - 2016 January

CGS held it’s first event – a fun-filled orientation for the new graduates – under its new name and with a new committee at the helm. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Faculty of Science, and the weather reflected the mood as the freshers met some of the seniors and everyone took part in some exciting activities. Firstly, after a quick introduction from CGS president Ziming Guo, the freshers were given some helpful tips in a couple of short talks by the seniors. It was followed by an ice-breaking game called “two truths, one lie”, where the participants had to make up silly actions and others had to copy, all while making three statements about themselves. Hilarity ensued as the rest of the group tried to decipher which statement was a lie. The next activity was a real test of faith and communication with others! The trust walk involved several teams where one leader had to communicate only verbally with their blindfolded teammates to guide them around the room to collect balloons of their designated colour. Of course, there were prizes for the team who could finish the fastest! The final activity for the day was the most exciting of them all – the mini amazing race. Teams had to run around the Faculty of Science to different locations, solve a variety of mental challenges, and even put up with a bit of rain! Of course, again, the winning team were rewarded with some fantastic prizes. Waiting back at the executive classroom was a beautiful bouquet of pizza to feed everyone after their hard work during the amazing race. Tasty pizza to finish the afternoon!

Date : January 2016

Place : S8-03-14

Photos of Fresh Orientation 2016


End of Semester Pizza Party

It was an opportunity to chillax and get updated on the happenings around the department. It was a good chance to meet the GTA coordinators At a fairly informal affair - we grabbed some pizza and some drinks, and hung out at the executive classroom. Outstanding TA awards were given to deserving students.

CGS formed from the old CGC by recruiting a new committee after completing a survey of all graduates at the TA awards event organised by the department.

Date : 20th Nov 2015, 6:00 pm

Place : S8-03-14

Photos of End of Semester Pizza Party 2015


Prof J. J. Vittal's Seminar

This seminar aims to motivate the graduate researchers to excel in their research and to scale new heights in the endeavor. From his experience, the speaker has shortlisted the following characteristics of a successful researcher that every research student aspires for.

To have: Love of science. Child-like curiosity. Creative thinking. Imagination & Dream. Motivation. Inspiration & Dedication.

To acquire: Never give-up attitude. Not afraid of failing mentality. Never compromising habit. Critical thinking. Open mind to fresh ideas. Presentation and communication skills. Interpersonal skills.

To practice: Ethics in research. Stand behind reliability and reproducibility of data. Always aim high.

Date : 17th Apr 2012, 2:00 pm

Place : S8-03-04

Photo of Seminar


Interaction Session with Prof Zaworotk

Prof. Zaworotko is Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Florida. His research interests include crystal engineering, nanotechnology, supramolecular chemistry and x-ray crystallography. In this interaction session, we have shown him the facilities in our department and a Q & A session with him.

You may find more information of Prof Zaworotk here.

Date : 8th Feb 2012, 3:00 pm

Place : S9-05-13

Photo of Interaction


Christmas Party

Christmas is coming. It's the most wonderful time of the year. Let's gather together, share the joy and happiness and talk about the new hope, new joy and new beginnings in the coming year. Here, our CGC members want to thank everyone for sticking with us in the past year. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Date : 19th Dec 2011, 6:00 pm

Place : Executive class room

Photo of Christmas Party

Sponsor :
Department of Chemistry

Graduate Welcome Party

A graduate welcome Night for new chemistry students is proposed to warmly welcome new graduate students and to introduce them to current graduate students, which might help them to successfully combat years ahead in NUS. This occasion would allow fresher to quickly shed off all inhibitions in new environment, foster good relationship with each other, bring them closer to senior graduate students, and make them aware of student activities in the department. With this event, we would like to kick start this tradition of welcoming new students and making them part active members in chemistry community.

Date : Friday 5th Aug 2011

Place : Executive class room

Programme Schedule:
5.30 pm - students arrival and will be seated
5.30 - 5.45 - welcome address by Prof.Yao Shao Qin
5.45 - 6.00 - Chemistry Graduate Club introduction (Nimai)
6.00 - 615 - Research and recreational facilities available in chemistry and NUS (Rama)
6.15 - 6.30 - Life in Singapore (Jon)
6.30 - 7.00 - Admixture ( fun games)
7.00 - Dinner

Photo of Graduate Welcome Party

Sponsor :
Department of Chemistry