Viva voce-Mei Ling’s

Yesterday (May 28th 2019), my 3rd phD student Mei Ling had her viva. It was rather challenging to have a viva during fasting month. The external arrived late the night before and had a problem with Scholars Inn not providing sahur. Luckily everything went smooth, the viva ended at around 11:05 am. One of the quickest I have attended. Thank you to Prof Dr Nor Aini Shukor from UPM for attending and the fruitful comments to improve Mei Ling’s thesis, the same goes for the internal, PM Dr Saleh. Thank you goes all around to the chairperson, assistant chairperson & co-supervisor as well

Now it’s time for her to correct her thesis and then after Raya, the celebration of her passing her viva πŸ™‚

PG Student Award & 62nd Convo 2019

There’s always a first time to everything & mixed mode students were celebrated for the 1st time at the Postgraduate Student Award hosted by SPS at Pulai Spring Resort on April 28th 2019. Though this is the 4th time my mixed mode student got an award (which was usually held at faculty’s level only), I am proud nonetheless πŸ™‚ Congrats Heera! Let’s hope this event will be an inspiration to other students from ZRlab; both mixed mode and research.

 

Congrats to Kar Yern as well (our ICBME co-traveller). Well done both of you!

 

And, of course, congrats to Heera on her convocation the next day, April 29th 2019.

ICBME 2019

A rather late entry but 2nd ICBME 2019 was held in Bali from April 11-12th 2019. First time ever, bringing 4 students along and presenting all current research at the conference! Bravo all my students!

In actual, I played “mother” to 2 other students too πŸ™‚

From left to right, top to bottom, each student present their current/previous research according to the schedule; Heera, Mei Ling, Zetty, Punita & I presented Akmal’s work

Then off we went for some sightseeing. Maybe this kind of activities (outdoor get together) should be done every year

 

 

Viva voce-Heera

The first viva in the new year starts off with Heera’s (Wednesday, January 16th 2019). As per requirement by FS, the supervisor’s attendance in the viva is compulsory even for a master by mixed mode. This is new for us from Bioscience as it wasn’t compulsory previously & the supervisor usually opted to not attending a student’s viva. The conduct was also similar to master by research; no time limit for defense. What an experience as I’ve also never been to my own students (master by mixed mode) viva before and Heera is my 8th student from the programme. Congrats Heera on your viva!

And, as per usual with ZR lab’s tradition, we had a little celebratory lunch later on (little as in some other students are not there since this is still sem break)