The Research in Industrial Projects for Students Program in Singapore (RIPS-SG) is run by the Institute for Mathematical Sciences (IMS) in collaboration with IPAM/UCLA and provides an opportunity for talented undergraduate students to work in international teams on a real-world research project proposed by sponsors from. The student team, with support from their academic mentor and industry mentor, will research the problem and present their results, both orally and in writing, at the end of the program.
The program is open to students from Singapore and Asian universities.
The program is nine weeks. Projects vary, but all involve mathematics, statistics, data science and computer science to some degree.
10 July 2022 (Sunday) is Hari Raya Haji. The next day, 11 July 2022, is a public holiday.
|Opening Day||30 May 2022||N/A|
|Projects Day||28 July 2022||N/A|
|Closing Day||29 July 2022||N/A|
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Who should consider applying to RIPS-Singapore?
RIPS is a program for students who are starting their third year or have just completed an undergraduate (bachelors) degree. Students with a strong background in mathematics and an interest in seeing how mathematics is used in the real world are encouraged to apply. Most of the projects have a significant computational component, so that proficiency (or at least some experience) in computer science, data analysis or numerical computation is valuable, but not necessary for everyone.
Applicants are expected to commit their time fully to the program.
What will participating in RIPS do for me?
First, in contrast to most summer research experiences that focus on an academic problem where students work closely with a faculty member, RIPS students apply their knowledge in mathematics, statistics, data science, computer science or related areas to a real-world industrial problem, with an emphasis on problem solving using whatever methods are appropriate. Second, RIPS students work on teams; for many students, this is their first experience working in a team environment. Third, RIPS provides students an opportunity to explore careers in mathematics, science and technology. They learn about the company that is sponsoring their project through interaction with their industrial mentor. Fourth, RIPS students learn report writing and public presentation skills that will be invaluable to them as they continue with an academic or professional career in an industrial setting. Finally, students will live and work with students from Asian countries, and skills you develop, will give you an edge in the job market.*
* As the pandemic situation is constantly evolving, this is subjected to prevailing pandemic situation, guidelines and border controls.
What is it is like to participate in RIPS-Singapore?
RIPS students live, work and socialize together over the summer, so they form close professional and personal relationships. Students will have a large shared office at IMS, with private team meeting space available upon request. Public transportation is convenient and inexpensive. Students work hard, but they also explore the city, go on hikes, take weekend trips, and find other ways to enjoy their summer in Singapore.
As the pandemic situation is constantly evolving, this is subjected to prevailing pandemic situation, guidelines and border controls.
What does the program emphasize?
The program emphasizes research, of course, but this is just part of it. You will experience group work, perhaps for the first time, and learn to navigate the team environment. In addition, you will learn to present the results of your research. You will write a formal final report for your "client" (the industry sponsor) as well as prepare and give final presentations of your work during "Projects Day."
What support do participants receive?
Students from Singapore and Asian universities receive a stipend of SGD3,000.
Travel allowance is only provided for students travelling to Singapore from Asian universities.
What classes should a student have already completed to be adequately prepared for RIPS?
The backgrounds of successful applicants vary quite a bit. Most have taken some upper-division courses in mathematics, statistics, programming and related subjects. We will consider the courses you have completed to decide which project is right for you; since students work in teams, if you haven't covered a subject that is relevant to your project, chances are one of the other students has.
I will graduate with my Bachelors Degree this spring; am I eligible to participate in the RIPS-SG program this summer?
Yes, we will accept applicants who will complete their bachelor’s degree anytime in 2022.
The IMS is committed to hosting the RIPS program as an in-person program at IMS on Kent Ridge Campus, NUS. This is subjected to the prevailing pandemic situation and government guidelines for in-person activities as well as border control measures. If the situation warrants, the program may be held entirely or partially online.