Department Chair

The TAS Upper School Science department sustains a dynamic and flexible program with an abundance of choice, and emphasis on the fact that students must do science, to learn science. TAS is a “Physics First” school with students progressing from Physics in 9th grade, Chemistry in 10th grade, and in Biology in 11th grade. There are conceptual, regular, and honors courses so all students are appropriately placed in courses which fit their needs. We are unique in offering both the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs for students who wish to take on more challenging course work. For students who like to dabble in science, we offer several elective courses, and we also have a vibrant scientific research program so students can fully assume the role of scientist. Our facilities boast 12 classrooms where most have separate classroom discussion and lab areas.  We also enjoy a newly renovated research suite! See the links below to obtain a more detailed look at opportunities for students in US Science at TAS. More importantly, watch the video to observe students excited to be a part of the ultimate thrill of discovery: Science!


Scientific Research

The TAS Upper School Scientific Research program offers students the opportunity to create innovative projects that deal with current research topics. Introductory research classes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology are available to students in 10th – 12th grade who have an interest and a natural curiosity in science. Advanced research classes in Nanotechnology and Synthetic Biology are available to motivated students in 11th and 12th grade who have excelled in previous research classes. Nanotechnology students create nanomaterials (on the scale of 1 to 1000 nanometers) such as carbon nanotubes, and synthetic biology students engineer DNA devices using standardized genetic parts. All research classes and projects occur in one of our two top-notch research laboratories on the first and fifth floor of D block. Additionally, there are opportunities for students to work at off-campus research institutions, such as NTU and Academia Sinica, in the Advanced Scientific Research I and II classes.

The Scientific Research program is enriched by student research symposia, the TAS scientific research speaker series, and our world champion iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) research team.

If you are interested in viewing some of the excellent work completed by our research students, click on the link below to browse through their posters, papers and oral presentations.

Course Offerings 2021-2022

Department Chair

Biology team

Chemistry team

Physics team

Latest News:

2020-21 Department Events:

2020-21 Research Symposiums

  • Dec, 11th & 12th 2020 Poster session
  • May 14th, 2021 Oral Presentations 10:30-11:30 and 3:45-6:00pm (4th floor D-block)

TAS Student Research Publications:

            The following are scientific research publications produced by TAS students

The Horizon - Science Journalism Club:

            Horizon Journal - The Horizon is entirely student-run, and anyone with an interest in either     research or journalism is welcome to join. By writing about new advances in science and          technology, we hope to spread a love of science throughout the TAS community and foster creative thought in the minds of the school’s researchers.

International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition

            iGEM is a world-wide synthetic biology research competition for high-school, college and graduate school students.  Each year over 300 teams and 5000 researchers share their           research and compete in Boston, MA to be win the Grand Prize and receive the coveted BioBrick trophy.

  • 3 x iGEM Grand Prize Winner - 2015, 2017, 2020
  • 1 x iGEM 2nd Runner-Up - 2014
  • 6 x Gold Medal Project – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • 2 x iGEMers Prize - 2014, 2020
  • 3 x Best Wiki - 2014, 2015, 2017
  • 2 x Best Part Collection – 2016, 2020
  • 2 x Best Education and Public Engagement - 2016, 2020
  • 1 x Best Model - 2016
  • 1 x Best Entrepreneurship - 2018
  • 1 x Best New Composite DNA Part - 2020
  • 1 x Best Software Tool - 2020
  • 1 x Best New Basic DNA Part - 2020
  • 1 x Best Measurement – 2020
  • 1 x Best Poster - 2020
  • 1 x Best Presentation – 2020

Regeneron (formerly Intel) Science Talent Search (STS) Scholar

            The Regeneron STS is the USA’s oldest and more prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.  TAS has the most STS scholars ever awarded to an International School.

  • 2012 - Kevin L.
  • 2015 - Edward H.
  • 2017 - Mitchell W.
  • 2020 – Jack B.

Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Grand Prize Winner

  • 2017 - Angel H

Taiwan International Science Fair (TISF)

  • 2017 – 3rd Prize Biomedical Division - Angel H.
  • 2017 – ISEF Finalist – Angel H.
  • 2019 - 2nd Prize Physics and Astronomy Division – Amy C.

TYPT (Taiwan Young Physicist Tournament)

            The Taiwan Young Physicist Tournament is a national competition consisting of 15 problems that students research, experiment and debate versus other teams. Students have an       opportunity to win medals and a chance to attend the International Young Physicist Tournament if they are selected to the All-Tourney Team.

  • 4 x Gold Medal Team
  • 6 x Silver Medal Team
  • 16 Students named to All-Tourney Team (2013-Present)