Shen awarded Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad
Yuexiao Shen, a chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate advised by Manish Kumar, has been awarded the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad.
"The Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad is a scholarship set up by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to honor overseas Chinese students with outstanding academic accomplishments.”
Established in 2003, the award was developed to encourage research excellence and to recognize the achievements among Chinese students abroad. The award includes a $6,000 prize and a CSC-issued certificate.
Shen’s research interests include membrane science and technology, particularly, as a means to advance the world’s supply of clean and accessible water. For his doctoral thesis, Shen has chosen to focus on biomimetic membranes as a means to facilitate energy-efficient water filtration.
At Penn State, Shen has contributed to a number of publications including: the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Membrane Science. He has also been recognized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Separations Division as the Graduate Student Research Award recipient (2014); the North American Membrane Society, Student Fellowship Award recipient (2015); and was invited to present at the 2014 Council for Chemical Research Conference.
Upon completing his Ph.D., Shen hopes to become a faculty researcher and continue his research work in the area of bioinspired separation materials for use in water treatment.
“I am extremely honored to receive The Chinese Government Award of Outstanding Students Abroad,” said Shen. “Top students from around the world were selected for this elite honor and I am proud to stand beside them. I am thankful for the recognition given by my home country, and for the support I received from the Department of Chemical Engineering and my adviser, Dr. Kumar.”
Shen was formally presented with the Award for Outstanding Students Abroad on April 29 during an award ceremony and reception at the Chinese Consulate General in New York City.