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Hui Wang Awarded China's Top Honor for Overseas Grad Students

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By Marcia Goodrich


Last Modified 1:54 PM, August 1, 2013

PhD student Hui Wang was honored by the Chinese government for her academic excellence. She researches the use of graphene to enhance the performance of photovoltaic cells.

June 7, 2013—

Hui Wang, a PhD candidate in materials science and engineering, is the first student at Michigan Technological University to receive the highly prestigious China National Award for Outstanding Graduate Students Abroad.

The award honors outstanding academic achievement and is extremely competitive. All of China's graduate students studying abroad can apply, but no more than 500 awards are granted. In 2012, 489 students were recognized.

A total of 149 graduate students in the US received the award, including four from Michigan: Wang, one student from Michigan State University and two from University of Michigan.

Wang, who received $6,000, is advised by Yun Hang Hu, the Charles and Caroll McArthur Professor. Her work focuses on the use of graphene to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic cells.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries around the world. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our beautiful campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.