Xinjin Liang a PhD student in Geoff Gadd’s Lab has been awarded a highly prestigious award by the Chine Government, for her PhD research in the Geomicrobiology Group on fungal biotransformations of metals and minerals. The Award “for Outstanding Students Abroad” will be presented to Xinjin at a ceremony to be held on 24th April at the Chinese Embassy in London.
This Award for Outstanding Students Abroad was established in 2003 and celebrates the academic excellence of non-government funded Chinese PhD students from different disciplines studying overseas in over 29 countries, including USA, UK, Germany, Japan, Australia and Canada. The aim of these Awards is to encourage upcoming Chinese researchers to return to China after the completion of their professional training abroad. As part of the award, the China Scholarship Council and corresponding Chinese embassy provide support a recipient returns to China to begin their professional career.
500 awards are granted each year worldwide and this year 32 awards were given to Chinese student in the UK. Xinjin has previously won a best poster prize at the International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry, and has had several papers published.