Ms. Dilu Wewalaarachchi

Graduate Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

In 2015, Dilu joined the graduate research program and began her appointment as the graduate fellow of Tancho house. As a PhD candidate, she conducts research with Mandarin-speaking toddlers, investigating how young children represent lexical tone, compensate for tonal ambiguity, and encode words in their lexicon.

Her interest in research was first sparked during her time as an NUS undergraduate, when she had the opportunity to participate in the first UROP module offered by Tembusu college. After leaving Tembusu, she spent her honours year working with preschoolers as part of her undergraduate thesis and became fascinated with the field of Developmental Psycholinguistics. Upon graduation, she worked for a year as lab manager at the NUS Infant and Child Language Centre, and the NTU Language Evolution, Acquisition and Plasticity Lab, where she was involved in multiple research projects and was afforded a glimpse into life as a researcher.

Currently, as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Department of Psychology, she teaches tutorial classes for modules such as ‘Atypical Language and Development’ and ‘Introduction to Psychology’. She strongly believes in encouraging the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake and is excited to support students who have a passion for learning.

Despite her busy schedule, Dilu tries her best to find time to nap. Whenever she has any spare time, Dilu loves reading novels and watching cartoons.

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.