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Pushing the boundaries of innovation, making new discoveries and establishing new research paradigms.

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Committed to pursuing cutting-edge research, making groundbreaking discoveries and establishing new research paradigms.
Our quality and well-balanced education places particular emphasis on grit, curiosity and creativity…
At the School of Science, we promote a vibrant and dynamic environment that emphasizes academic excellence, scholarship, innovation and collaboration.
Yung Hou WONG
Other Format | 02 Jul 2024
2024 Summer Research Program
The Summer Research Program is designed for outstanding end-of-year 3 undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing research postgraduate study in the School of Science. This program offers participants with the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the research life at HKUST campus and work with faculty mentors from our School in conducting research projects in an interactive environment. Date: 2 July – 6 August, 2024     Eligibility: Undergraduate students majoring in science and related programs, who have completed 3 years of study (out of a 4-year bachelor program) and have attained a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 (or 80%) or higher. A subsidy of around HK$10,000 will be provided to cover the on-campus student hostel fee and other local expenses. To enroll in this Summer Research Program, participants are required to pay the summer internship application fee, insurance, visa fee and a 1-credit tuition fee in advance (approximately HK$3,300). Additionally, participants are responsible for applying for a visa (which may take 10-12 weeks) and covering their own transportation costs to and from Hong Kong. Application Procedures: Department of Ocean Science: Fill in the application form and send it together with your academic transcript and resume to the department (ocescamp@ust.hk) Division of Life Science: Submit online application to the division directly Department of Physics: Submit online application to the division directly Department of Chemistry: Submit online application to the department directly Department of Mathematics: Submit online application to the department directly   The review of applications will be conducted by the respective Division/Department. Successful applicants will be notified by the Division/Department as soon as the application is closed. After receiving the Division/Department’s confirmation: (For successful applicants only) Submit online Visiting Interns application to the Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Office (https://join.ust.hk/admissions/visiting/) Application deadline: 17 March, 2024
Seminar, Lecture, Talk | 15 Mar 2024
IAS / School of Science Joint Lecture - The Stability-compactness Method and Qualitative Properties of Nonlinear Equations
Abstract Nonlinear elliptic equations describe the stationary states of numerous systems in physics, biology and medicine. Qualitative properties such as monotonicity, symmetry, stability or uniqueness are essential features of their study. In this lecture, the speaker will present a new general method to approach this type of question. It rests on decomposing the domain into one region with a certain compactness feature and another supporting a form of spectral stability. This approach has proved to be unexpectedly versatile and in fact encompasses past works on the subject such as the general moving plane method originating in the study of minimal surfaces by Alexandrov. The speaker will apply it to the uniqueness of positive solutions of nonlinear elliptic PDEs. The main motivation is to study these equations in general unbounded domains, with positive nonlinearities, and Dirichlet boundary conditions, a context that exhibits remarkably rich behavior. This represents a series of joint works with Cole GRAHAM.   About the Speaker Prof. Henri Berestycki received his PhD from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 1975, and was a CNRS researcher at the University of Paris VI before joining the University of Paris XIII as a Professor in 1983. He then returned to Université Pierre et Marie Curie as a Professor of Mathematics in 1988. In 2001, he moved to École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, which became a constituent college of the federal PSL Research University later), where he is currently a Professor. He was appointed the Dean of Research in PSL Research University in 2015-2017. Prof. Berestycki’s current research interests include the mathematical modelling of financial markets, mathematical models in biology and especially in ecology, and modelling in social sciences. Prof. Berestycki received numerous awards including the Sophie Germain Prize of the French Academy of Sciences (2004); the Gay-Lussac-Humboldt-Prize of the Humboldt Foundation (2004); the French Legion of Honor (2010). He was selected as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.   For Attendees' Attention Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Seminar, Lecture, Talk | 27 Feb 2024
IAS / School of Science Joint Lecture - Stem and Niche Cell Dynamics during Development and Regeneration
Abstract Muscle stem cells are heterogeneous in properties, both within a single muscle, and in different anatomical locations. This heterogeneity is manifested at multiple levels including distinct gene regulatory networks and modes of cell divisions. For example, following muscle injury, MuSCs can self-renew and differentiate through symmetric (SCD) and asymmetric (ACD) cell divisions and the relative frequency of these modes of cell division are dynamic during muscle regeneration. We developed several static and novel live imaging pipelines to assess MuSC fates in different microenvironments. Our analyses of normal and diseased conditions in this and other contexts exposed novel properties of myogenic cells in their quiescent and proliferating states. Furthermore, transcriptional profiling and functional assays of distinct muscle groups identified core gene regulatory networks that are common and unique to each population. How this diversity emerges during development and evolution and solicited during disease will be discussed. About the Speaker Prof. Tajbakhsh is currently the Head of Stem Cells & Development Unit in the Department of Developmental & Stem Cell Biology at Institut Pasteur, and the Director of a “Laboratory of Excellence” Consortium, REVIVE, regrouping leading labs working on stem cells (2011-2024). Prof. Tajbakhsh is the Vice-President of the scientific council of the Association Française contre les myopathies (AFM) and Board member of the French Society for Stem Cell Research. He is also a member of the scientific council of the Fondation Générale de Sante and on the international and advisory committees of the ISSCR. Prof. Tajbakhsh has participated in a number of EU consortia and also co-directs an annual 2- week Advanced in Stem Cell Biology course at Institute Pasteur. For Attendees' Attention Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
No. 25
Science Focus
Science Focus is specially written and designed by HKUST science undergraduate students under the guidance of our faculty and staff. It aims to stimulate and nurture students’ interest in science and scientific research through interesting articles.
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School of Science
Offering diverse, interdisciplinary and inquiry-driven undergraduate education in an intellectually stimulating environment.
Providing students with exposure and hands-on training in innovative, cutting edge methodologies and technologies via research and taught postgraduate education.
Academic Units
Life Science
Ocean Science
The Department of Chemistry has dynamic, friendly and cooperative faculty members active in all areas of chemical research and whose research is internationally recognized.
Life Science
The mission of the Division of Life Science is to facilitate the advancement of both research and education in the field of biological sciences.
Excellence in research and a commitment to deliver effective and quality teaching programs, are the two pillars on which the Department of Mathematics is based.
Ocean Science
The Department of Ocean Science aims to lead in understanding ocean science and technology, marine conservation, global climate change, management of marine resources, socio-economy and sustainable development.
The mission of the Department of Physics is captured by the triangle of teaching, research and innovation.
Pushing the boundaries of innovation, making new discoveries and establishing new research paradigms.