Studying Physics in the International Research Enrichment (IRE) program, I am particularly fascinated by high-energy physics and hope to do scientific research in this field. The IRE program serves as a hub for research-minded students in the School of Science, where we are given guidance and resources to explore our interests. For example, the IRE-specific “Guided Study on Research” courses let us examine various topics in real-world research under the direct supervision of professors. Moreover, the school-sponsored overseas summer research is especially rewarding, as we get to immerse in the academic culture of a foreign institution and work with renowned faculty worldwide.
I have undertaken a project in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), in which I learned firsthand about motivations and techniques in research. I even had the opportunity of traveling to a conference at Nanyang Technological University to present our team’s findings and hear about others’ discoveries. HKUST has a strong research environment and the IRE program augments this experience for science students.