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NCNU students set new record for MOST research grants

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National Chi Nan University (NCNU) activated its remote learning network on June 17 in compliance with national regulations as Taiwan combats a surge in indigenously transmitted COVID-19 cases, but the research output of the university remain unaffected during this period of social distancing and studying from home.

A popular Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) grants program accepted 38 undergraduate research projects submitted by NCNU this year, reflecting a 211% year-on increase while setting a new record for the 26-year-old university.

Taiwan has extended nationwide Level 3 epidemic alert for another two weeks until July 12. As part of Level 3 restrictions and control measures, students were given the option of returning to their out-of-county families or sheltering in campus dormitories. The leap in acceptance rate from the MOST Higher Education Student Research Program (大專學生研究計畫) stands testament to the success of NCNU's digital educational network.

This year, NCNU students submitted 79 proposals, of which 38 were accepted, representing an approval rate of 48%. Successful applicants will receive a monthly stipend of NT$6,000 over an 8-month period for a total of NT$48,000. The university will also organize additional training sessions and resources for grant recipients and their mentors, said President Dr. Dong-sing Wuu.

This year's research topics range from automatic steering lock for drunk driving prevention to roots-searching by second-generation immigrants, privacy issues of minors with incarcerated parents, security evaluation of MQTT 5 connectivity to IoT, the automated possibilities of a streamlined national platform for digital education, and semiconductor light sources such as LEDs.

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