Ms. Charlene Fu

Graduate Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Charlene is currently pursuing her PhD at the Department of Psychology, where she studies how babies acquire language. Specifically, her research revolves around how bilingual babies simultaneously learn the rules of Mandarin and English, despite the two being such different languages. One day, she hopes to be able to find out what makes a successful bilingual, and translate this research into a practical thing that can assist parents in helping their babies better learn languages.

Charlene is a teaching assistant with the Department of Psychology, where she has taught courses such as 'Cognitive Psychology', 'Developmental Psychology', and 'Atypical Language Development'. She believes in the importance of inculcating critical thinking in her students, and encourages her students to ask difficult questions and challenge what they read. Charlene has been awarded the Graduate Students’ Teaching Award Honour Roll (Semester 1, 2014/15).

Prior to joining NUS and Tembusu College, Charlene graduated from the Singapore Management University where she majored in Psychology and Political Science. After graduation, she worked at the Neurocognitive Development Lab, where she conducted research for the GUSTO (Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes) project, which is a longitudinal birth cohort study tracking growth and developmental trends in Singapore.

Charlene is a fan of the arts, and enjoys supporting the local arts scene – particularly by watching plays and musicals. In her spare time, Charlene also enjoys reading and exploring the world.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.