CABM Graduate Assistant Fuguo Jiang Receives the 2011 Chinese Government Award
for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad

Fuguo Jiang, graduate assistant in the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded a highly competitive 2011 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. The award was established to encourage research excellence and recognize achievement among Chinese students abroad. It is granted across all fields of study and is presented to students who have achieved outstanding performance in their Ph.D. studies.

A ceremony was held to present the 9th Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad at the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York.

The Award, established in 2003, is a scholarship to honor overseas Chinese students with outstanding academic accomplishments. Only students who are under 40 years old, hold Chinese passports and attend doctoral programs for more than a year are eligible.

This year, a total of 495 Chinese Ph.D. candidates from 25 nations were awarded, including 9 Extraordinary Potential Prize winners. 31 of them, including 3 Extraordinary Potential Prize winners, were from the ten northeastern states of the United States, where many top universities are located. Awardees receive a cash prize of $6,000 (US) and Extraordinary Potential Prize winners receive $10,000 (US).

Ambassador Sun Guoxiang attended the ceremony and delivered a speech, saying that the celebration is for personal success as well as the amazing development of the educational cooperation between China and the United States.

Dr. Christopher Murray from the University of Pennsylvania also made a speech on behalf of professors as two proteges, Ye Xingchen and Chen Jun, won the Award for two consecutive years. Dr. Murray said humbly that he was very lucky to work with such talented and hardworking students.

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