MERCK YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD 2018: Top 10 Finalists Journey

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"It’s hard to believe what we have accomplished"

Merck Young Scientist Award (MYSA) 2018 competition was held at Nexus Connexion Bangsar South, Petaling Jaya on 28th August 2018. Material Science postgraduate students from Faculty of Industrial Sciences & Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) namely Nur Farha binti Shaafi, a PhD student and Fatin Farisha Alia binti Azmi, a Master student had been selected as the top 10 finalists out of 258 participation. Both of them were supervised by Ts. Dr. Saifful Kamaluddin bin Muzakir @ Lokman, a head program of Material Science Technology. Both are from material science field which are third generation of solar cell; Quantum Dots Confined Structures Solar Cell.

Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical company and chemical enterprise, as many of you would have heard over the years. Today, being as vibrant while celebrating their 350th anniversary, they have evolved to be world class life science company. Merck are dedicated to making research and biotech production simpler, faster and safer. In part of their vision, they are determined to develop and showcase the local researchers in areas of national interest. Having said that Merck are encouraging the candidates to join them in celebrating 150 years of excellence by participating in the MYSA 2018. The main objective is to solve the toughest problem in life science by collaborating with global scientific community. Participants need to submit the application with project proposal before 31st May 2018.

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For judging and selection, Merck have been announced 20 short-listed candidates which are considered based on the originality and quality of proposal for poster presentation. Furthermore, 10 finalised candidates are required to make an oral presentation competing for the top three prizes. The invited judges for MYSA competition were including Bioscience VIP guest i.e., (i) Prof. Dr. Sazaly Abu Bakar, (ii) Prof. Dr. Johnson Stanslas, (iii) Prof. Dr. Chow Sek Chuen, and Material Science VIP guest i.e., (i) Prof. Datuk Halimaton Hamdan, (ii) Prof. Dr. Ramesh T Subramaniam, and (iii) Prof. Madya Dr. Ramesh Kasi. The candidates were given 2 minutes and 10 minutes for poster and viva presentation respectively.

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