Our recent graduate student Yule Xiong has been awarded the 2014 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad from the China Scholarship Council. The award is set up to honor overseas Chinese students with outstanding academic accomplishment. Developed in 2003, the awards are based on academic merit and encourage international students to achieve first-class results during their studies.
Yule Xiong has been awarded in recognition of his PhD research on silicon-based photonics research, under the supervision of Prof. Winnie Ye. Awardees are selected based on their research achievements and academic merit after several rounds of judging by invited experts from their field in China as well as their host country. The criteria for the award include the background of the students, research projects, research outcomes, publications, potentiality for future career, and opinion from student’s advisor. Only 500 outstanding young talents are granted the award each year while there are more than 400,000 Chinese graduate students studying abroad.