Shalini D/O Suku Maran is about to embark on her Honours Year at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The Life Science major, who has a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 4.76, is one of three recipients of the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Corporation (HSBC) Centenary Scholarship in AY 2011/2012.
The HSBC Centenary Scholarship is the result of an annual gift to provide for three Scholarships. The Scholarship is awarded to Science undergraduates majoring in Life Sciences with excellent academic results.
Shalini says, “By receiving help for my university tuition fees, the money that my parents saved up for my education can go towards their retirement fund. I am really happy about that. My parents have worked hard to make sure I have had a comfortable life and I feel that has helped me grow into the well-rounded individual I am today.”
Shalini is an only child and her desire to help her parents save is evident. In her spare time, Shalini gives tuition and uses her earnings for miscellaneous school expenses as well as to fund her hobbies – photography and taking part in running events.
Shalini, who is also doing a Minor in Psychology, is looking forward to her Honours project in Neuroscience. She hopes to be a researcher and plans to do a PhD in Neuroscience.
She says, “The idea of frontier research into the intricacies of the human mind excites me, because I feel that if we get a better grasp on how the mind works, we may be able to tackle ailments such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, among others.”
She adds, “Research will be a job that is fulfilling. Every day there will be new barriers to overcome and something new to discover.”
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