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Tim BORGLUND
Lund University, Sweden
SURP 2017
“The research was fun and the organised activities were a great way to get to see Hong Kong more. Honestly, it has been one of the best summers of my life!”
WEI Ziyi
National University of Singapore, Singapore
SURP 2017
“SURP was simply unforgettable, exciting and fun! It was my first time to conduct a research in a restricted area of a wonderful subtropical mangrove nature reserve. People in my lab were extremely friendly and helpful. Thanks to these friends, I have developed many essential lab skills that are useful in my future research projects.”

Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP)

Research Projects

Some 80 research topics are offered by CUHK host supervisors. Applicants are recommended to choose more than one project to increase the chance of admission.

Please click onto the Faculty / Research Institute tab below for the details of the research projects.

(In alphabetical order of surname of supervisor.)

Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages
CUHK Supervisor: Prof. MOK Pik Ki Peggy
Research Project: Speech Production & Perception Research
Project Description: Depending on students’ background and interests, there are various speech research projects available for students to participate. Students will be able to analyse real production and perception data.
CUHK Supervisor: Prof. WONG Chun Man Patrick
Research Project (1): Brain & Language
Project Description: The project will examine the neural basis of language learning and processing by using fMRI and EEG techniques.
Research Project (2): Foreign Language Learning
Project Description: The project will study how foreign languages are learned and the factors that influence learning success by studying classroom learners and artificial language learning in the lab.
Research Project (3): Infant Speech Perception & Language Development
Project Description: In this project, students will participate in a cohort study to identify early predictors of language and cognitive development. 300 infants are being longitudinally studied for up to 5 years.


Department of Educational Psychology
CUHK Supervisor: Prof. SO Wing Chee Catherine
Research Project: Using Robot-Based Intervention to Teach Children with Autism Social Communication Skills
Project Description: The project will focus on teaching preschool children with autism social communication skills through robot-based intervention. Humanoid robots, NAO, are programmed to teach these children appropriate behaviours and conversation skills. Students should know C++ and Python. Experiences with programming social robots is an advantage.


(In alphabetical order of CUHK department)

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. LEUNG Ho Fung
Research Project (1): Autonomous Agents & Multiagent Systems
Project Description: Students can work on any research topics on autonomous agents and multiagent systems under the guidance of the supervisor.

Note: Applicants are recommended to propose a related research subject in their personal statement in the SURP online application form.

Research Project (2): Text Categorisation
Project Description: Students can work on any research topics on text categorisation under the guidance of the supervisor.

Note: Applicants are recommended to propose a related research subject in their personal statement in the SURP online application form.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. SUN Xiankai
Research Project (1): Novel Photonic Nanostructures for Integrated Photonics
Research Project (2): Photonics Based on Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials
Research Project (3): Physics & Applications of Nanooptics & Nanooptomechanics
Project Description: Students will work on the research project under the guidance of the supervisor. Knowledge in physics, optics, acoustics, electronics and/or material science will be an advantage.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. REN Wei
Research Project (1): Combustion Chemistry & Diagnostics
Project Description: In this project, students will be involved in the development of novel combustion diagnostic tools for the fundamental studies of combustion chemistry in the state-of-the-art experimental facilities including shock tube and jet flame.

Students with a background in engineering, and motivation and interest in the field are preferred.

Research Project (2): Trace Gas Sensor Using Laser Spectroscopy
Project Description: In this project, students will be involved in the development of novel trace gas sensors using laser spectroscopy. These sensors can be used for environmental monitoring and biomedical applications.

Students with a background in engineering and optics are preferred.


(In alphabetical order of surname of supervisor.)

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. Julien CHAISSE
Research Project (1): International Law on Foreign Investment
Project Description: Foreign investments are one of the key interests of any country’s political economy. Concluding international agreements with relevant partners is one of the regulatory policy tools that work toward fostering foreign expansion of national companies.

This research project will allow students to work on:

(1) The development of international investment rules by China with capital exporting countries and developing countries, in particular in the context of the ambitious ‘One Belt One Road’ project;

(2) The development of investment arbitration in the Asia-Pacific region;

(3) The recent conclusion of important trade pacts that regulate investment in a number of key jurisdictions such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), European Union-Vietnam FTA (EVFTA), the China-EU investment negotiations and the US-China investment treaty negotiations.

Research might require empirical research in the form of interviews with Hong Kong based practitioners in the field of international investment law and arbitration.

Research Project (2): Internet & the Law
Project Description: Since the internet is still fairly new, many issues associated to the internet, e.g. cybercrimes, domain name ownership, trademarks misuse, etc., and questions regarding laws and the internet have yet to be answered.

This research project will allow students to work on:

(1) ‘Cybersquatting’, when someone registers a domain name, in bad faith, violating the rights of the trademark owner;

(2) Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), a cost-effective and faster alternative to a lawsuit, when there is a domain name dispute that needs to be resolved;

(3) The growth of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as a world government for the Internet.

Specific requirements:

(1) Students must be interested in Internet as a technology and the law.

(2) Research might require empirical research in the form of interviews with practitioners at the Hong Kong office of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) which is a world leading domain dispute resolution centre.

Research Project (3): Law of Water (Natural Resources)
Project Description: The regulation of fresh water has primarily developed through the conclusion of treaties concerning international watercourses. Yet a number of other legal regimes also apply to the governance of fresh water. In particular, the economic uses of fresh water feature prominently in the law applicable to watercourses, while water itself has become an important element of the trade and investment regimes. These bodies of rules and principles not only surface in an array of dispute settlement mechanisms, but also stimulate wider trends of institutionalisation.

This research project will allow students to work on:

(1) The law and policy applying to cross-border supply of water services;

(2) The emergence of a global law on water which balances economic rights with non-economic rights;

(3) The multiplication of political and legal disputes around water control.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. Bryan DRUZIN
Research Project (1): The Future of International Law
Project Description: This summer project aims at introducing the student to methods of research regarding the emergence of international law. Emphasis will be placed on data collection and analysis. The key outcomes are for the students to:

(1) Develop the knowledge and understanding of the core principles of empirical legal research;

(2) Learn to interpret and organise research findings;

(3) Gain critical knowledge regarding international law.

Research Project (2): Understanding Globalisation
Project Description: This summer project aims at introducing the student to core methods of empirical research regarding globalisation. Emphasis will be placed on data collection and methods of empirical analysis. The key outcomes are for the students to:

(1) Develop the knowledge and understanding of the core principles of globalisation;

(2) Learn to interpret and organise research findings;

(3) Gain critical knowledge regarding global institutions of governance

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. Steven GALLAGHER
Research Project: Are Hong Kong’s Laws Intended to Protect Cultural Heritage Fit for Purpose?
Project Description: The project will involve library and internet research with field trips to heritage sites in Hong Kong. The project will be conducted in English and is aimed at students studying law or other social science. Students studying other discipline with an interest in heritage and/or law are also welcome.
CUHK Supervisor: Prof. Benoit MAYER
Research Project (1): Climate Change Litigation
Project Description: Litigation relating to climate change is rapidly developing in various parts of the world, especially in the US, Europe, Oceania and, increasingly, Asia.

This project will allow students to investigate one or several case studies. Besides an analysis of relevant legal cases, this may also involve empirical research on the broader impact of the cases.

Students with a background in law or related fields (e.g. public administration, political sciences) with an interest in climate governance are welcome.

Student will write a short policy brief to be published online in partnership with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. The students participating to this project may have the opportunity to present their policy brief at the Climate Law and Governance Day 2018, organised in parallel to the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, in early December 2018 in Katowice, Poland.

Research Project (2): The International Law on Climate Change
Project Description: Climate change is arguably the greatest global concern of our time. The entry into force of the Paris Agreement has accelerated efforts to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts. Many institutions have been established. But are they effective?

In this project, students will have the opportunity to learn and think about how international law responds to climate change. Students may explore particular institutions or norms within the regime created by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, other treaties, or customary international law. Or they may prefer to focus their research on questions of loss and damage, migration, State responsibility and international litigation.

Students will be invited to write a short policy brief to be published online in partnership with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. The students participating to this project may have the opportunity to present their policy brief at the Climate Law and Governance Day 2018, organised in parallel to the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, in early December 2018 in Katowice, Poland.


(In alphabetical order of CUHK department/school and surname of supervisor.)

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. KONG Pik Shan Alice
Research Project: Lifestyle Factors & Glycemic Control in Patients with Diabetes
Project Description: The research project will be based on the diabetic patients from the Hong Kong Diabetes Registry (HKDR) and the Joint Asia Diabetes Evaluation (JADE) programme. Through active involvement in HKDR and JADE, students will be taught with the way to merge service into research. They will be asked to assist the procedures in doing complications screening at Diabetes Mellitus and Endocrine Centre and collect data about lifestyle factors including sleep and diet from questionnaires.

Students who can speak fluent Cantonese are preferred. Nonetheless, students who can speak fluent English or Mandarin are also welcome to join as observer during data entry and active participation in data entry and analysis.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. Gary TSE
Research Project (1): Clinical Studies into Electrocardiographic Markers of Stroke & Sudden Cardiac Death
Project Description: The project will focus on using indices derived from the electrocardiogram for risk stratification in stroke and sudden cardiac death. Students participating in the project may have the opportunity to publish their work conducted during the research attachment at CUHK.
Research Project (2): Elucidation of Arrhythmogenic Mechanisms Using Optical Mapping in Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocyte Models
Project Description: The project will explore the mechanisms of ventricular arrhythmias that predispose to sudden cardiac death. Optical mapping techniques will be used to examine electrophysiological characteristics in induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte models.
Research Project (3): Meta-Analysis of Clinical Outcomes for Cardiovascular Disorders
Project Description: The project will focus on a meta-analytical research in cardiovascular disorders. Students participating in the project may have the opportunity to publish their work conducted during the research attachment at CUHK.
CUHK Supervisor: Prof. YU Jun
Research Project (1): Functional Importance & Clinical Implication of Novel Genes in Gastric Cancer
Research Project (2): Molecular Alterations & Biomarkers in Colon Cancer
Research Project (3): Molecular Pathogenesis & Potential Detection Markers of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Project Description: Students can work on the research topics under the guidance of the supervisor.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. WANG Chi Chiu Ronald
Research Project (1): Alternative & Complementary Medicine for Treatment of Endometriosis
Project Description:

 

A systematic review and/or preclinical study using an experimental mouse model of endometriosis to compare the effectiveness and safety, and to understand the pharmacological effects of alternative and complementary medicine for endometriosis.

Animal contact may be required. Relevant license should be applied in advance of the programme.

Research Project (2): Green Tea for Treatment of Endometriosis
Project Description:

 

A randomised double-blinded placebo controlled clinical trial to study the effectiveness and safety of green tea extract to relieve endometriosis-associated pain and to improve quality of life in women with endometriosis, and to assess the angiogenesis and growth of endometriosis after green tea extract treatment.

Any language and study field is welcome. Patient contact is optional.


CUHK Supervisor: Dr. NG Siu Chun Danny
Research Project: The Effect of Virtual Reality Simulation Phacoemulsification Cataract Extraction Surgery Training on Patient Safety & Outcomes
Project Description: The project will focus on designing and implementing simulation training module for learning and practicing the basic maneuvers required in ophthalmic microsurgery. Students participating in the project will be involved in developing a practical simulation laboratory experience for ophthalmology residents and subspecialty fellows.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. CHOW Dick Ho Kiu
Research Project: Repair of Bone-Tendon Junction with Biodegradable Magnesium Wire
Project Description: Bone-tendon junction (BTJ) is a transition issue that transfers force between bone and tendon. Many orthopaedic surgical procedures involve the reattachment of tendon to bone and require the reconstruction of the BTJ. Healing and regeneration of BTJ is challenging because the unique anatomical structure of BTJ is not often regenerated. We have developed a biodegradable metallic wire made of magnesium (Mg) that is suitable for fixation of tendon to bone. During the degradation, Mg ions released from this wire can stimulate bone formation. It is hypothesised that this Mg-based fixation wire can stimulate BTJ healing in our established model.

Students who are interested in experiments that involve histological and image analysis of tissue samples, as well as motivated in pursuing their career as scientists upon graduation are encouraged to apply. Students will participate in research meetings and hands-on experimental work under supervisions.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. LAM Tsz Ping
Research Project: Mapping Vertebral Levels during Ultrasound Assessment of Spinal Deformities in Boys with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) – Construction of a Reference Table for Clinical Use
Project Description: Ultrasound was reported to be a valid and reliable method for Cobb angle measurement in AIS. This project aims to patch up for its insufficiency in determining the vertebral levels by developing a reference table on linear dimension along the vertebral column with which vertebral levels could be determined.

Students will be involved in taking radiography for adolescent males diagnosed with AIS and determine the ‘Fractional Distance’ for the subject. Students will perform computer-assisted measurement on whole spine radiographs, analysis on the variation of spinal dimensions and alignments with curve severity and vertebral levels, and compile a first-of-its-kind normagram for AIS and level-based vertebral dimensions.


CUHK Supervisor: Dr. CHAN Wan Yi
Research Project: Rhinovirus C Infection in Mice of Different Age Groups
Project Description: Rhinovirus C (RV-C) was first identified in 2006, and it has since been recognised as contributing substantially to both asthma exacerbations and pneumonia burdens, especially in children. However, its pathogenesis remains understudied.

The aim of the project is to test whether normal mice can serve as hosts for respiratory infection with RV-C. Infection experiments in mice will be performed in vivo. Student will gain knowledge in enterovirus, and learn hands-on skills in molecular biology, especially in performing viral RNA extraction, reverse transcription, quantitative PCR and the strategy in data analysis. Student will also be equipped with the skills in flow cytometry to determine the infected cell types.

Students with a background in biological science, biomedical science and microbiology will have advantages. Students will also join the research meeting and the journal club of the research group on top of performing wet lab-work.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. LEUNG Ting Fan
Research Project: Diagnosis & Immunotherapy for Seafood Allergy
Project Description: The current diagnosis of fish and shellfish allergy relies on skin prick test, ImmunoCAP and oral food challenges using food extracts. However, their specificity, sensitivity, reliability and applicability are debatable. On the other hand, no allergen-specific immunotherapy for fish and shellfish allergy is clinically available.

The research project will focus on developing a component-based diagnostic method and evaluating a DNA vaccine-based immunotherapy for shellfish allergy to advance the clinical management towards this increasingly prevalent disease.

Student participating in the project will learn and assist in performing elementary experiments, help with clinical samples collection and processing, administer data entry for food consumption and quality-of-life questionnaires, perform skin prick test, and analyse the study data.

Students with a background in biomedical, biochemical, biology, or related fields will be preferred. Priority will be given to students with previous laboratory and/or research experiences. Applicant should be able to speak fluent Cantonese and English.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. POON Chung Yan Carmen
Research Project (1): A Real-Time Computer-Aided Diagnosis System for Colorectal Cancer during Colonoscopy
Project Description: The aim of this project is to devise and implement a computer-aided method based on deep convolutional neural network (CNN) structure and model compression techniques for real-time diagnosis of polyps during colonoscopy.

Students with a background in engineering science, biomedical engineering, electrical, computer and electronic engineering, computer science and information engineering will be preferred.

Research Project (2): A Wearable Sensor for Detecting Endoleak in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Patients
Project Description: The aim of this project is to design a novel wearable sensor to detect potential endoleak (a complication which can affect up to 40% of patients during follow-up) in abdominal aortic aneurysm patients who received endovascular aneurysm repair.

Students with a background in engineering science, biomedical engineering, electrical, computer and electronic engineering, computer science and information engineering will be preferred.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. TEOH Yuen Chun Jeremy
Research Project: Interaction between Bladder Cancer Cells & the Surrounding Environment
Project Description: Students participating in the research project will assist in saving and processing samples from patients with or without bladder cancer, and also the laboratory study on the interaction between bladder cancer cells and different surrounding environment.

Through the research project, students will learn about data analysis and results interpretation.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. CHAN Leung Franky
Research Project: Organoid Culture of Prostatic Tissues
Project Description: The project aims to develop three-dimensional organoid culture of normal and malignant prostatic epithelial cells for studies of normal and prostate cancer, and drug toxicology. The project mainly involves techniques of cell and tissue cultures and some basic molecular biology.
CUHK Supervisor: Prof. CHENG Sze Lok Alfred
Research Project: Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Male Predominance of Liver Cancer
Project Description: The supervisor is interested in understanding why liver cancer is more prevalent in men than in women. His research focuses on defining the genomic, epigenomic and immune-modulatory actions of cell cycle-related kinase (CCRK) in liver cancer development. To address this objective, an integrative experimental approach involving genetically-modified cell lines, mouse models and clinical specimens is applied. The long-term goal of the research is to identify new target genes and pathways for effective therapies.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. CHONG Ka Chun Marc
Research Project: Identify Over-Utilised Public Healthcare Institutes in Hong Kong
Project Description: In Hong Kong, public healthcare services are always over-utilised. A retrospective data analysis is proposed for identifying which healthcare institutes were over-utilised for their services after considering their current resources. Students are encouraged to use some statistical approaches such as regressions to draw the observed-to-expected differences for each of the institutions.

Students from all academic fields are welcome.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. KWOK Kin On
Research Project (1): Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance with Multidisciplinary Thinking in Behavioural Science in Hong Kong
Project Description: Antimicrobial resistance refers to the failure of medicines in treating the life-threatening infections as the evolvement of microorganisms becomes resistant to the drugs. Selected candidates will work on projects that address this public health problem from behavioural science approaches through field studies and literature searches.

In this project, students will perform field data collection, data entry, literature searches and data analysis. Proficiency in Cantonese or English will be an advantage.

Research Project (2): Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance with Multidisciplinary Thinking in Infectious Disease Epidemiology in Hong Kong
Project Description: Antimicrobial resistance refers to the failure of medicines in treating the life-threatening infections as the evolvement of microorganisms becomes resistant to the drugs. Selected candidates will work on projects that address this public health problem from epidemiological approaches through field studies and literature searches.

In this project, students will perform field data collection, data entry, literature searches and data analysis. Proficiency in Cantonese or English will be an advantage.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. TSE Lap Ah Shelly
Research Project: Circadian Disruption, Other Environmental Exposures & Adverse Health Impacts
Project Description: Circadian rhyme disrupted by long-term nightshift work and sleep disorders have been linked to many health outcomes, such as apple-shape diabetes, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. This project will be part of the on-going tripartite collaboration between Utrecht University, University of Toronto, and CUHK.

Students may need to assist with data input and study subject interview. Fieldtrips to mainland China may be required.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. CHAN YIP Wing Han Carmen
Research Project (1): Personalised Health Care: The Role of Predictive Biomarkers in Tamoxifen-Related Endocrine Symptoms & Drug Adherence Based on Genetic Polymorphisms in Breast Cancer Patients
Project Description: The project will focus on studying the inter-relationships between endocrine symptoms, drug adherence, and genetic polymorphisms in Chinese breast cancer patients receiving tamoxifen (an anti-hormonal therapy to prevent recurrence) in Hong Kong.

A cohort study will be conducted to assess the clinical symptoms and genetic variation to generate new knowledge that could help clinicians to predict the symptom experience and tamoxifen adherence behaviour, which subsequently influence the clinical efficacy of adjuvant tamoxifen therapy.

Research Project (2): Testing Maternal, Environmental & Genetic Determinants of the Development of Eczema in Chinese Children: A Birth Cohort Study
Project Description: Eczema is a relapsing and persistent inflammatory skin disease affecting about one-fifth of children worldwide. This relapsing disease is also lethal in extreme cases with bacterial super-infection and bacteraemia.

The project will focus on exploring the association of maternal stress, Toll-like receptors genotypes, gut microbiome and other potential environment factors in the aetiology of eczema, so that a predictive path model to guide effective health promotion, and disease prevention and management can be developed.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. CHOW Ka Ming
Research Project: A Conceptual Model to Enhance the Provision of Nursing Care to Manage Sexuality Issues in Gynecological Cancer Patients in Hong Kong
Project Description: The project aims to identify the perceptions, attitudes, opinions, experiences and influencing factors surrounding sexuality care from gynecological cancer patients, their partners and health care professionals, in order to develop a practice model for guiding and promoting sexuality nursing care in Hong Kong.

Students with a background in nursing are preferred.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. SO Kwok Wei Winnie
Research Project: Development of a Culturally Sensitive Website to Promote Healthy Lifestyles & the Prevention of Chronic Illness among South Asians in Hong Kong
Project Description: With previous findings showing that South Asians, which form one of the largest and a constantly growing ethnic minority population in Hong Kong, are particularly vulnerable to the development of chronic diseases, it is of paramount importance to develop effective strategies to increase their awareness and knowledge on chronic diseases and effective prevention.

The purpose of this project is to develop a culturally sensitive, multilingual website, to disseminate knowledge on effective strategies in chronic disease prevention to the South Asians in Hong Kong, and to increase their awareness on the importance of the adoption of healthy lifestyles.

Candidates who are proficient in South Asian languages are preferred.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. WONG Cho Lee Jo Jo
Research Project: Development of Multimedia Educational Intervention to Promote Pneumoconiosis Prevention among South Asian Construction Workers in Hong Kong
Project Description: Pneumoconiosis is one of the most prevalent occupational lung diseases among Hong Kong construction workers with no effective treatment thus far. With the increasing number of South Asians engaging in construction industry in Hong Kong, developing a relevant educational intervention for the community is urgently needed.

This project aims to develop a multimedia educational intervention based on the Health Belief Model to South Asian workers from Pakistan and Nepal on preventive measures for pneumoconiosis. Students participating in the project will be involved in the implementation and evaluation of the educational intervention programme.


(In alphabetical order of CUHK department/school and surname of supervisor.)

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. CHAN Kin Shing
Research Project: Green Chemistry: Dehalogenation for Chemical Synthesis & Detoxification
Project Description: Students will conduct experimental work in chemistry to explore a safe, cheap and convenient transfer hydrogenating agent and catalysts in detoxification and chemical synthesis.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. LI Guang Feng Tjonnie
Research Project: Extracting Physics from Gravitational Waves
Project Description: This project aims to explore the physics that can be extracted from gravitational-wave detections, including the merger of two compact objects (e.g. black holes, neutron stars) or supernovae. Students will be placed in an active research group at the forefront of gravitational wave research, learn about the gravitational-wave physics and develop essential research skills.

Good knowledge in physics and mathematics, and some experience in scientific programming will be an advantage.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. LU Xinhui
Research Project: Perovskite Solar Cells – Device Fabrication & Film Formation Mechanism Studies
Project Description: The project offers an introduction to perovskite solar cell and basic device fabrication trainings. Students can explore the film formation mechanisms under different fabrication recipes to achieve good device performance. Knowledge in basic physics and material science is required for this project.
CUHK Supervisor: Prof. SHAO Lei
Research Project: Modelling of Smartphone-Based Colorimetric Sensing with Plasmonic Nanostructures
Project Description: This project aims to use simulation tools to explore the possibility of utilising smartphone cameras for colorimetric sensing. The transducer is the plasmonic nanostructure array.

Good knowledge in optics will be an advantage.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. WANG Jianfang
Research Project: Plasmonic Colours
Project Description: Plasmonic metal nanoparticles can interact strongly with light and exhibit rich and vivid colours. The project will focus on the synthesis, characterisation, assembly, optical properties and applications of the colloidal plasmonic metal nanoparticles.

Students with knowledge in chemistry and physics, materials science and engineering will be an advantage.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. XIA Kangwei
Research Project: Quantum Sensing Based on Nitrogen Vacancy Centres in Diamond
Project Description: The nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centres in diamond have unique properties. In this project, we will coherently control single electron spin of NV centres by optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR), and explore NV centres as a nanoscale quantum sensor for different parameters such as magnetic field, electrical field, and temperature in extreme precision. Students with good knowledge in quantum physics and optics are preferred. Interest or knowledge in programming are good add-ons.
CUHK Supervisor: Prof. YANG Sen
Research Project: Quantum Computing Based on NV Centre in Diamond
Project Description: The project will design one quantum algorithm based on NV centre in diamond. Knowledge in quantum mechanics and optics will be an advantage.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. TAI Pui Kuen Amos
Research Project (1): Impacts of Climate Change & Air Pollution on Ecosystem and Agricultural Productivity Using a Computational Approach
Project Description: The aim of the project is to examine how important ecosystem functions including carbon uptake, water cycling and crop production will be affected under various scenarios of climate, land use and air quality changes in the coming century using a high-performance computer model and multivariate statistical analysis.

Students with a background in programming and/or numerical/statistical computing are preferred.

Research Project (2): Impacts of Climatic & Vegetation Changes on Ozone Air Quality Using a Computational Approach
Project Description: The aim of the project is to examine how meteorological changes as well as plant biophysical and biochemical changes influence the formation, transport and deposition of surface ozone and thus affect air pollution severity across the world using a high-performance computer model and multivariate statistical analysis.

Students with a background in programming and/or numerical/statistical computing are preferred.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. CHAN King Ming
Research Project (1): Marine Microplastic Pollution in Hong Kong
Project Description: Students will collect oyster samples for microbead analysis and will be required to work as a team for reports and review. Students with a background in biology, biochemistry and chemistry will be preferred.
Research Project (2): Toxic Effects of Copper & Nano-Copper Materials on Zebrafish
Project Description: Students will carry out gene expression study and toxicity assays on zebrafish embryo-larvae that have been exposed to copper ions and copper nanomaterials. Students with a background in biochemistry and molecular toxicology will be preferred.
Research Project (3): Toxic Effects of Sunscreen Chemicals on Zebrafish
Project Description: Students will carry out in vivo and in vitro experiments to investigate the biochemical and sub-lethal effects of sunscreen chemicals on zebrafish. Cell culture, fish rearing and exposure experiments will also be involved. Students with a background in biology, biochemistry, and toxicology will be preferred.
CUHK Supervisor: Prof. Michael CHAN
Research Project: Crystal Immobilised Enzymes for Industrial Catalysis
Project Description: The research project involves producing Cry-enzyme fusion crystals (e.g. Cry-lipase crystals for biodiesel conversion) and measuring their activity, stability, and recyclability.

Student with a background in chemistry and biochemistry is a requirement.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. JIANG Liwen
Research Project: Organelle Biogenesis & Function
Project Description: The research project focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms of protein trafficking, organelle biogenesis and function in eukaryotic cells (e.g. plants) using a combination of imaging, cellular, molecular, biochemical and genetic approaches.

Students will have the opportunity to learn and involve in a specific project while working together with senior researchers in the lab.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. KANG Byung Ho
Research Project (1): Exploring the Mitochondrial Defects in a Model System of Parkinson’s Disease
Project Description: Mitochondria from the sperm are quickly removed after fertilisation in most animals. C. elegans has a homolog of Parkin that causes Parkinson’s disease if mutated in human. If the homolog is inactivated, the sperm mitochondrial removal becomes defective, providing insight into the relationship between Parkinson’s disease and removal of superfluous mitochondria.

In this project, students will characterise the abnormal mitochondria elimination using microscopic techniques to elucidate functions of the Parkin homolog.

Students interested in cell biology or medicine are welcome to join.

Research Project (2): Nanoscale Architectures of Organelles in Three-Dimension (3D) Captured by Electron Tomography
Project Description: One of the specialities of the host lab is the membranous organelles 3D electron microscopy. In this project, students will have opportunities to collect high-resolution microscopic data from frozen cells and determine morphometric features of organelles and macromolecular complexes using the 3dmod and MatLab software packages.

Students interested in cell biology or image processing are welcome to join.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. LAM Hon Ming
Research Project (1): Molecular Research on Rice Response to Disease
Project Description:

 

Crops have a very sophisticated signalling system to combat diseases and relieve environmental stresses. The OsGAP1 Protein in rice discovered a few years ago can enhance the hydrolytic activity of ATP and GTP in Rice YchF-type G Protein, thereby eliminating negative functions in plants’ defence response and stress tolerance. Understanding the disease defence mechanisms can strengthen the defence response and stress tolerance in plants and ultimately enhance agricultural production.

This project will involve a series of molecular experiments, such as gene cloning, construction of transgenic plant, PCR amplification, real-time PCR, etc.

Research Project (2): Molecular Research on Soybean Response to Environmental Changes
Project Description: Crop productivity is vulnerable to adverse environment and crop diseases. Drought, flooding, salinity and other environmental factors threaten 96.5% of global arable land. To study the regulatory mechanisms in soybean (one of the most important crops) response to environmental changes is an essential part of modern agriculture. The aims of this project are to compare the response of soybean germplasms to environmental changes, and to study the genes involved in response mechanisms of soybean.

This project will involve a series of molecular experiments, such as gene cloning, construction of transgenic plant, PCR amplification, real-time PCR, etc.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. NGO Chi Ki Jacky
Research Project: Studying the Inhibitory Mechanism of a Covalent Kinase Inhibitor in Cancer Cells
Project Description: The supervisor’s research team has recently developed a covalent inhibitor that targets pre-mRNA splicing kinases to inhibit angiogenesis. In this project, students will investigate the inhibitory mechanism of this inhibitor in different cancer cell lines.

Students with a background in biological or biomedical sciences are preferred.


(In alphabetical order of CUHK department/school and surname of supervisor.)

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. CHAN Chung Shing
Research Project: Investigating Tourism as a Strategy of Recovery from Natural Disasters in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Project Description: The project aims to examine the role of tourism as a strategy to destination recovery and sustainability in Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan which was affected by an earthquake in 2016. Through field study, this project will adopt an exploratory and qualitative approach to understand the conditions and frame the relations among components and actors of tourism redevelopment in Kumamoto.

Data will be collected at the site for about one to two weeks, in the form of face-to-face interviews with government representatives, local scholars, practitioners of tourism industries, local residents and tourists where accessible. Content analysis of the interview scripts through transcription, coding, classification of tourism components and the identification of relations of tourism and local recovery will be conducted.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. LAI Yuk Fo Derrick
Research Project (1): Are the Mangroves in Hong Kong Significant Stores of Carbon that Help Mitigate Climate Change?
Project Description: In this project, students will conduct field measurement and laboratory analysis of soil and plant samples to determine the amount of carbon stored in the coastal mangrove wetlands in Hong Kong.
Research Project (2): The Effects of Global Change on Soil Greenhouse Gas Exchange in a Subtropical Forest of Hong Kong
Project Description: In this project, students will conduct field and lab measurement to examine the effects of changing temperature, rainfall and litterfall on soil greenhouse gas fluxes in subtropical forest.
Research Project (3): The Influence of Subtropical Mangroves on Ecosystem Methane Budget & Climate Change Mitigation
Project Description: In this project, students will conduct field and lab measurements to investigate the contribution of various components of mangrove ecosystems to overall methane balance.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. KIM Minseop
Research Project (1): Parental Employment & Child Development: Evidence from Mainland China
Project Description:

 

Using data from the China Family Panel Studies (CFPS), this research project will conduct secondary data analyses to investigate whether and how parental employment affects children’s developmental outcomes.

Students are expected to conduct literature reviews on relevant theories and previous empirical studies. They will also have an opportunity to manage and analyse large-scale data sets (i.e. CFPS).

Research Project (2): Perception of & Attitude toward Welfare States & Social Policies among Hong Kong University Students: A Follow-up Study
Project Description:

 

As a follow-up study of a 2017 SURP Project, this research project will examine perception of and attitude toward welfare states and social policies among university students in Hong Kong, in order to shed light on longitudinal changes in university students’ attitude toward welfare states and social policies.

Students will conduct literature reviews to understand relevant theories. Under the direction of the supervisor, they will also collect/analyse survey data, and compare the findings with results from prior surveys.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. CHEN Hsuan Ting
Research Project: Examining Mobile Communication & Second Screening in Contributing to an Engaged Public
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This project aims to understand whether second screening, an emerging type of media practice, could play a significant role in promoting a more engaged public. It will explore the reasoning process in second screening, and capturing cognitive abilities and political behaviours as the outcomes of second screening.

Students with a background in communication, political science or computer science are preferred.

CUHK Supervisor: Prof. LIAO Xueting Sara
Research Project: Gender Unbound: Young Hunks in Asian Media
Project Description:

 

This project investigates into the phenomenal rise of young hunks in Asian media, prominent in both the production of images and the consumption of pop idols. Driving by the spectacular of the Korean Wave (hallyu) ­— South Korea’s export of its cultural products globally, many fresh and attractive young male stars geared tremendous popularity among fans around the world. Differentiated from Western popular images of young hunks usually as muscular, handsome, tough and sexy, Korean pop idols present and popularise a different aesthetic of men as gender unbound: putting on makeup, girly pretty and chic, well-groomed, and polished with accessories. Increasingly, such an aesthetic of male idols travels and is appreciated and practiced by male stars in other Asian countries such as China and Thailand, where a surge of TV dramas, reality shows, and movies featured young hunks drive the ratings and sales of these media content.

The project attempts to analyse the Asian media culture of young hunks. First, it seeks to delineate the historical and socio-cultural context of the rise of young hunks in Asian media. Second, it aims to analyse and compare media discourses of young hunks in different Asian countries, particularly South Korea, China, and Thailand, in order to map out the transnational flow of gendered popular culture. Third, it also strives to show how the alternative aesthetic of young hunks in Asian media may poses an attack to the rigid masculinity defined by Western media culture, as well as the stereotypical prejudice toward Asian men.

Requirements:

1.     Preferences will be given to students from disciplines of humanities, with knowledge and interests in cultural studies, media and globalisation, Asian popular culture, and gender studies.

2.     Students with knowledge and some hands-on experience of qualitative research methods such as textual analysis, and research tools such as NVivo, are preferred.

The project will be conducted in English, and language capabilities in either Chinese, Korean, or Thai are preferable.



CUHK Supervisor: Prof. YIU Chun Chong Josh
Research Project: Museum Research
Project Description: The Art Museum of CUHK seeks and offers a dynamic candidate to engage in multi-faceted museum research. Known for its world-class collection of Chinese art and rigorous exhibition and publication program, the museum will introduce the student to curatorial, educational, collection management, and outreach work. Depending on the interest and skill-set of the student, the focus of the project will be adjusted accordingly. Knowledge of art and Chinese will be a plus, but not a requirement. A successful candidate will have the following attributes: passion for learning, can-do attitude, independent and critical mindset, and attention to details.


CUHK Supervisor: Prof. AU Wing Han Doreen
Research Project (1): A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Superabsorbent Incontinence Pad on Care Improvement among Geriatric Inpatients
Project Description: The aim of the project is to evaluate two types of incontinence pads by a randomised control trial. The result of the study will aid the decision making for improving geriatric care from the perspective of health care provider.
Research Project (2): Ageing Policies: A Comparison between the European Union Member States & Asian Countries
Project Description: The project will focus on comparing the ageing policies in the European Union member states with those in Asian countries with an aim to identify areas for improvement using the active ageing network.
Research Project (3): Public Opinions on the Concept of Good Death & End-of-Life Care Preferences in the Chinese Community
Project Description: The aim of the project is to gather views about end-of-life care from the general public in Hong Kong through surveys and focus group interviews.

Fluency in written Cantonese is preferred for performing the qualitative analysis.