Bruneian students impress in S’pore

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A TEAM of Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre students placed third in the research paper category of the recent STEP-NUS Sunburst Brain Camp 2016 held at the National University of Singapore.

More than 40 teams from different countries, including ASEAN members, joined the competition.

Prior to their departure, all teams were required to write a research paper on Parkinson’s Disease, a neuro-degenerative disease of the brain which can cause insomnia, memory loss and depression.

“To be honest, I didn’t think we would win. We just put out our best effort into the research paper and had to overcome many obstacles. To be able to win third place (despite all the challenges) is something I’m very proud of,” said Ak Abdul Hadi Pg Hamdillah, one of the participants, during an interview after their arrival at the Brunei International Airport.

The team also competed in the presentation category but was unable to land in the top three.

“It was really intimidating at first but we decided that the best strategy was to focus on ourselves. It was very nerve wracking but we did our best,” said Reisydah Hj Abdul Hamid, another participant.

According to chaperone Ilzam Hj Zainulabidin, Education Officer at Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre, the research paper was judged based on several criteria including content, creativity and originality.

“I’m very proud of them as the training was quite intensive and these are lower sixth students who have only been in school for three months, so getting the necessary skill was tough especially (in preparation) for an international programme and competition,” said Ilzam Hj Zainulabidin.

She added, during the programme, the students were able to meet several experts on the field of neuroscience, including neuroscientist Thomas Südhof, who won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which they considered as a valuable encounter.

Coordinated by the Singapore Technologies Endowment Programme (STEP), in partnership with the National University of Singapore, the objective of the Sunburst Brain Camp is to educate and inspire youths to study neuroscience and research on the functions of the brain and its related diseases.

The Brunei Times