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Captivating the youth dream: two rising stars from the 12th Graduate Students’ Academic Science Festival
Author:Li Chenruo & Shi Yuehan  Date:2017-12-26  Clicks:

On November 1st, the 12th Graduate Students’ Academic Science Festival of Wuhan University was inaugurated. With the theme of “Captivating the youth dream with the Chinese Dream, enlightening a new future with new thinking”, this festival is mainly comprised of 10 parts including a training camp for graduates, lectures & forums, academic competition, innovational and entrepreneurial activities, academic integrity pedagogical activities, Hongyi lectures, academic salons for doctoral students, and a poll on "My Ideas of a Good Mentor".

Top ten students in academic research being awarded in the ceremony

Professor Zhao Xuemei, deputy secretary of the CPC committee of Wuhan University, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech. She fully affirmed the purpose and functions of the academic science festival and put forward some expectations for graduate students. Professor Zhao encouraged students to be the pursuers of their own great dreams, adopt new modes of thinking to enlighten society and to be pioneers in scientific research and innovation, to strive for excellence and to fight against hardship.

Ten students, including Cai Changsong from the School of Electrical Engineering and Rao Lang from the School of Physics and Technology, were honored as "The Top Ten Academic Stars of the 12th Graduate School of Wuhan University".

Cai Changsong, who was the only one to get the gold award in the first “YAZHONG” Innovation Education Scholarship, is now in his first year as a PHD candidate in the School of Electrical Engineering. He has been invited to participate in the International Workshop of Wireless Power Transfer, the China Electrotechnical Society Academic Conference and the China Power Supply Society Conference. Being one of the core members, Cai, cooperating with his teammates, has successfully completed projects from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province, State Grid Corporation of China, and China Southern Power Grid Company Limited. The data they obtained from their research have won plenty of prizes and honors.

Cai Changsong

Cai Changsong told us he decided to research on Wireless Energy Transfer due to a lecture on technologies he attended which was on the cutting edge of electrical engineering. Communication with the lecturer enlightened him and he felt lucky to work in fields which fascinated him a lot. “I have been fond of cars since I was a little child. You know Tesla has launched pure electric cars and I believe it will gradually become universal. During the first time I took an electric taxi, it occurred to me that I could do something to make it more convenient for cars to get recharged.”

When asked about the key to success, he smiled and said, “In fact, sometimes it is not because you are unable to conquer it, but the fact that you never even tried that leads to your ultimate failure.” Since he plans to dedicate himself to scientific research after graduation, Cai Changsong has spent most of his time in laboratories, and he considers innovation as a daily routine. He has already published 6 papers, which contain theses included in SCI/EI. And in 2016, he applied for more than 30 national patents.

In the interview, Cai Changsong repeatedly emphasized that to succeed you have to try your best and never give up halfway. Also, in the tech field, it is a rigorous academic spirit that matters.

Another prize-winner Rao Lang is a doctor from the School of Physics and Technology. Enrolled in WHU in 2009, Rao Lang was an undergraduate of the physics base class. Then he pursued a master's degree in the condensed matter physics. Now he focuses on microelectronic. Although Rao Lang majors in engineering, his research direction is more partial materials physics. At the same time, he also devotes time towards interdisciplinary cooperation. He has made a series of advances in the application of biomimetic materials to biomedical applications in collaboration with the stomatology department of Central South Hospital, and the Academy of Biological Sciences.

Although Rao Lang is only 26 years old, he has over 20 SCI papers, 11 papers as the first author, published in the Advanced Materials (Adv. Mater., IF = 18.96), Journal of the American Chemical Society (ACS Nan, IF = 13.33), Advanced Functional Materials (Adv) Funct. Mater., IF = 11.38) Micro (Small, IF = 8.31), and other authoritative magazines. As an excellent postgraduate student, Rao has won the first prize of the academic innovation award, the national scholarship and the first prize of academic scholarship.

Rao feels honored to be one of the top ten academic stars of the 12th graduate school of Wuhan University. “I think the Festival of Academic Science and Technology serves as a platform for us to share our academic research covering various subjects,” Rao said, “It inspires me to keep doing what I like and to achieve more goals in a rewarding direction.”

Rao Lang

Rao Lang and Cai Changsong set positive examples for all students in WHU. Just as Professor Zhao Xuemei mentioned in the opening ceremony, the aim of these activities is to cultivate the academic spirit and set up an high-quality exchange platform for graduate students to participate in high-level academic science and technology activities in order to strengthen the academic moral consciousness, broaden the academic vision, inspire the enthusiasm of academic research and rise to the challenge of making progress.

(Photo from news.whu.edu.cn & Ziqiang Studio)

Edited by Xu Yixian, Sun Jingyi, Edmund Wai Man Lai & Hu Sijia


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