Summer Engineering Research Internship for U.S. Students (SERIUS)


From SERIUS 2017 Participants

My research project was to design an origami-inspired device for minimally invasive surgery. It gave me a better appreciation of the mechanical aspects of Biomedical Engineering.  The internship affirmed me on the course I will take when I return as a Junior in Fall.  Being in the SERIUS program is by far the best experience of my adult life.
Hannah Katherine Liu, University of Pittsburgh
I would totally recommend anyone who have not been to Asia to come to Singapore.  It is an East-West melting pot with people from around the world and an amazing range of food. It also has the cheapest Michelin-Starred food you can find.
Alexander Moroz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
SERIUS is one of the most unique and innovative programs for any STEMS major.  In a mere eight weeks, you get to work on an accelerated and focused project, under direct supervision.  With the US job market being so tough, SERIUS differentiates the students by adding a global perspective that will boost their portfolio and put them in a good standing.
Joshua Hsu, Arizona State University
The SERIUS projects drew me to the SERIUS program at NUS and there was no turning back. My research on anaerobic digestion research spanned multi-dimensional aspects of engineering, which was beyond what I expected.  While in Singapore, I also watched plays at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and visited other local attractions. One highlight was the Ramadan bazaars which I visited as the SERIUS program this year coincided with the month of Ramadan.
John Paul Del Toro, John Hopkins University
At SERIUS, my Principal Investigator and supervisors were very generous with their time and I understood what I was doing. Often, research at undergrad level is not as clear and students often do not know what or why they do things in a certain way.  Besides work, I had the chance to interact with the locals because I joined the NUS tennis team for practices twice a week and went out for meals with them after that.
Kevin Huang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
First time out of the US, I was apprehensive at first but it turned out that there was no language gap in Singapore and travelling around was easy and very safe.  I was excited to meet others who love travelling so we were able to visit neighbouring countries together over the weekends.   It was an exhausting but enriching eight weeks of work and play.
Marissa Wolfe, University of Pittsburgh
My research involved testing the effects of printing parameters on the strength of materials. My supervisor gave me a lot of autonomy to create, explore and test my hunches. It was a steep learning curve and there were a lot of practical skills I learnt.  I encourage students to step out of their comfort zone, come to SERIUS with an open-mind because there are so many possibilities to explore and skills to learn.
Katie Butler, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

SERIUS Brochure

This is an 8-week research attachment program offered to students from specific U.S. partner universities. Successful applicants will undertake internships at NUS Engineering labs in Singapore from May 21 to July 13, 2018.

Projects available:


SERIUS is tagged to the NUS module, EG2605 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, and has 4 NUS modular credits (MCs). Participants will need to submit a report on their project at the end of the internship. This will be graded “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory”.

In addition to developing research skills and finding out what’s at the cutting edge in engineering and technology, students learn from faculty and researchers who are experts in their field in a different culture and environment, at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Singapore is at the heart of Southeast Asia, and English is used because of its British colonial heritage.  It is the most user-friendly, English-speaking introduction to Asia, and an excellent gateway to discover and learn more about the surrounding region. The country is a melting pot of cultures and has a unique blend of East and West. As students interact with both local and international counterparts, they will get fantastic insights into Asian cultures and practices, uniquely mixed with Western influences.

SERIUS is open to students from specific U.S. partner universities. Students should preferably be in their junior year, but sophomores who are motivated and academically prepared, are welcome too.

Tuition fee for participating students will be waived under the student exchange agreements NUS has with these universities. The estimated costs involved in this internship are in the following table:

ItemEstimated Costs (8 weeks)
Student Services Fee (one-time)S$28.76
Health Service Fee (one-time)S$34
Student Pass Application Fee (one-time)S$90 – S$120
Accommodation at University Town (S$29 per night; total: 60 nights)S$1,740
MealsS$800 – S$1,600
Public TransportS$200 – S$300

(Note: Costs are in Singapore dollars, which is lower than the US dollar. US$1 = S$1.36.  Fees and accommodation cost are correct as at September 13, 2017 and are subject to change.)

There may be additional charges by your home university. Please check with your study abroad office.

The actual costs will depend on your personal needs and lifestyle. Please note that the figures only include expenses for your daily essentials, and do not account for other items such as shopping, entertainment, computers, electronic/communication devices, recreational travel, etc. Do plan a larger budget if you intend to travel around the region.

The internship period will be for 8 weeks, from May 21 to July 13, 2018.

* Dates to note (subject to change; please check back for the latest updates):

Project application deadlinePlease check with your study abroad office
Application outcome to be made known to studentsLate February
Online registration deadlineMarch 15
Accommodation check-in dateMay 19 & 20
Accommodation check-out datesJuly 14 & 15

Students who wish to apply should complete the SERIUS application form and submit it, together with the relevant documents, to their universities’ study abroad offices:

University’s Study Abroad OfficesContacts
Johns Hopkins University – Office of Study
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – International Programs in Engineering Office (IPENG)
Olin College of Engineering – Ms Sheila O’Neill, International Programs Coordinator,
University of Pittsburgh – Dr Kristine Lalley, Director of International Engineering
Arizona State University – Ms Abby Dalpra, ASU Study Abroad
University of Wisconsin-Madison – Mr Andy Quackenbush, International Academic Programs

Please complete the IAP online application at

Note: Project supervisors may interview candidates via email or Skype.