Wong Hock Boon Society

Wong Hock Boon Society

Wong Hock Boon Society

The Wong Hock Boon Society (WHBS) is an undergraduate student research society which was set up within the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in November 2010. This Society was named in memory of the late Emeritus Professor Wong Hock Boon, who was also known as the Father of Paediatrics in Singapore. He was a remarkable paediatrician and Head of the Department of Paediatrics from 1962 until his retirement in 1988 and made landmark contributions in several areas in improving the health of children in Singapore and worldwide. He was also an outstanding research mentor to medical students, junior doctors and paediatricians, and is a fitting inspiration for the Society.

The Society supports and facilitates passionate medical students in their journey through research, innovation and enterprise withour range of programmes and activities. We believe that many of the biggest challenges in healthcare and medicine tomorrow will be solved by the curious, innovative student-researchers of today.

Wong Hock Boon Society Members and other NUS medical students are invited to access our resources and to obtain more information.


To be a leading, recognised, student-led research society supporting medical students’ involvement in research and innovation viaa range of programmes and activities.


To foster a community of competent, highly-motivated, innovative and outstanding student researchers in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.


The aims of the Society are to:

  • Attract, nurture and sustain early interest in research and innovation amongst medical undergraduate students. Encourage, recognise and support medical students undertaking research projects.
  • Enable students to develop key research skills and understandings, with the view of developing clinician-scientists and clinical-investigators for the future.
  • Fully support members in producing high-quality, practice-affecting research.
  • Collaborate with the Dean’s Office, Research Division of NUS Medicine, the Research Directorate of the Medical Society, and all other relevant medical institutions in achieving the above aims.

We shall be a Society that is:

  • Inclusive and open for student participation or collaboration.
  • Proactive in promoting student research, innovation and enterprise.
  • Resourceful in maximising all available avenues of support for the betterment of members.

To download the application form, please click on the ‘Forms’ tab.

1. Membership Application

WHBS membership shall be by application. To be eligible for membership, the applicant should be:

  • An undergraduate in the MBBS course at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Presently engaged OR in the process of starting a supervised research project
  • Membership is awarded based on review from panel

Click here to apply for membership.

2. Continuing Membership

Once enrolled, members shall have their membership extended, subject to review, on a yearly basis.

Renewed members shall be:

  • Engaged in a supervised research project or taking a hiatus from a project with a commitment to continue at any point in the coming year.
  • Of good academic standing.

Members who do not avail their information for yearly review are liable to be dropped from the Society.

3. Financial Support

All members of the Wong Hock Boon Society are entitled to a fixed funding amount of up to $700/-, which can be utilised throughout the undergraduate years (M1 – M5). This funding is available for the following uses:

a) Local Conference, Training, Workshop and Research Projects 

  • Conference Fee subsidy for local events
  • Workshop fees for WHBS and external scientific or academic workshops or seminars
  • Research Project additional expenses incurred, for example, printing costs, administrative fees or submission fees.

Students are encouraged to attend local conferences, with or without presentation.

  • Without presentation: Cap of $50 per conference, up to 2 local conferences/workshops for the entire duration of membership.
  • With presentation: For local conference, student must be the 1st/co-presenting author of an oral/poster presentation.

b) Overseas Conference 

  • Subsidy of conference fees, hotel accommodation and airfare for local and regional scientific conferences

Financial support is subject to the following conditions:

  • Students must be a member of the Wong Hock Boon Society.
  • Application will be considered if submitted 2 months before the event.
  • Please submit the completed funding application form and supplement the necessary related documents for our funding committee review.
  • We will consider M5 WHBS funding applications submitted before the end of March in the last academic semester of M5, to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Late submissions or submissions that do not adhere to the instructions will not be submitted to the funding committee for review.
  • Granted primarily to support Local Conference/Workshop/Training, Overseas Conference in ASEAN countries and Research Project.
  • Local Conference/Workshop: Reimbursement only for the student registration fees.
  • Overseas Conference: Reimbursement only for the most economical airfare by the best direct route (quotation from NUS-appointed travel agent), hotel accommodation and student registration fees. Applicant must be 1st presenting author.
  • Financial assistance is provided on a reimbursement basis.
  • Conference  funding review meeting will be held every 2 months  by the Committee.
  • Every funding request application to destinations outside of the Asia-Pacific region must be approved on a case-by-case basis, and we cannot guarantee successful application for countries which may pose ongoing safety concerns.

Wong Hock Boon Society (WHBS) Research Day 2019


Talks and Workshops
Throughout the year, WHBS organises a regular series of talks and workshops for students. Focusing on two key areas – skills development and nurturing interest, these events provide a foundational platform for students to approach the issues and challenges they face in their work, as well as to grow their passion for research work or a future career in research. Additionally, there are also introductory talks for juniors by seniors on participation in research, which tap on the strong collegiate spirit present in NUS Medicine.

General Enquires & Research Project Opportunities WHBS Student Committee(yllsomresearch@gmail.com)

Membership & Conference Financial Support Enquiries – Miss Koh Yi Lei (medkyl@nus.edu.sg)

Non-NUS Medicine students – As a Society of NUS Medicine, our focus is primarily on developing researchers within our School. Therefore, most of our programmes are open only to medical students from NUS. Nevertheless, in the spirit of professional cooperation and collaboration, we do welcome other interested students from other institutions to contact us if they wish to observe or attend any events.

Clinicians/Scientists interested in partnerships –The WHBS and our collaborator, the NUS Medical Society Research Directorate, serves as a great platform for clinicians and scientists to reach out to passionate and highly-committed students. In addition to our ongoing research matching programmes, we are excited to work with you to develop any other programmes or partnerships to allow our students to learn and grow.

1a) Click here for Local Conference, Training, Workshop and Research Project Application Form.

1b) Click here for Overseas Conference Application Form, and here for the Risk Assessment Questionnaire Form.

2) Click here for Conference/Workshop Report Form.