The S.T. Yau High School Science Award (Asia) [ YHSA(Asia) ] is a research-based competition emphasising on innovation, originality, creativity and persistence in research activities. It encourages students and teachers to formulate issues with quantitative precision and scientific rationales, with a view to nurturing students’ passion for scientific discovery, patience in investigation, and rigour in deliberation. YHSA(Asia) is initiated by Professor Shing-Tung Yau with the following goals:
1. To stimulate innovation, originality and creativity in scientific investigation among secondary school students in Asia.
2. To cultivate young talents in science and technology.
3. To encourage university professors, secondary school teachers and secondary schools to promote research activities.
4. To facilitate cultural exchanges among secondary school students from a diverse cultural and educational background.
5. To establish YHSA(Asia) as a reference for university admission.
In 2019-2020 a total of 285 teams from 20 countries and regions joined YHSA(Asia), in which 17 teams (6 from Hong Kong, 6 from Singapore, 3 from India and 2 from Australia) were recommended to compete with other regional finalists in the YHSA Finale in Beijing and obtained excellent results. Students have gained invaluable learning and rewarding experiences from the Award competition.
Recently, the 2020 Gold Prize awardee in Mathematics has been accepted for the highly competitive 2021 Research Science Institute (RSI) programme collaboratively sponsored with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
And the Departments of Economics and Mathematics of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have recognised YHSA(Asia) as exceptional achievement that merits admission to their respective undergraduate programmes.
To instill the idea and the fun of science research, this year YHSA(Asia) organised an online Science Talk for students, teachers as well as the general public through Zoom.
Joining the competition is free of charge! However, any expenses incurred from the participation thereafter will be borne by the participant, e.g., expenses on experiment, travelling, accommodation, etc.*
1. Form your team and register ……
2. Start preparing for ……
3. Concurrent submission
Research reports that have been submitted concurrently with other competitions will NOT be accepted by YHSA(Asia). However, submission in the past, if declared as such in the research report, will be allowed. Concurrent submission or past submission without declaration, if found, will be subject to disqualification.
Submission of Research Outline
Research outline shall be submitted by 13 June 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For file over 5MB, please instead send a download link to the above email address.
(not more than two A4 pages)
To facilitate your preparation of the research outline, a research outline sample is provided for reference.
Submission of Research Report
Competition teams whose research outlines have been shortlisted to enter the second stage of the competition are required submit a research report (in English) by 31 August 2021 to email@example.com. For file over 5MB, please instead send a download link to the above email address.
To facilitate your preparation of the research report, a research report sample is provided for reference.
*Given the scale, geographic division and limited resources of the Award, YHSA(Asia) does NOT foresee providing any financial support to any competition teams to participate in any of the events/activities in general. However, YHSA(Asia) may provide limited airfare support to students who reside in an Asian region other than Hong Kong, and have entered the third stage of assessment. The maximum level of support for different cities will be announced after the second stage of assessment. Students should buy their air tickets first, then claim for airfare reimbursement (subject to the maximum level of support announced) after the oral defense.
^Hiring of services from profit-making training/education institution is NOT allowed.