Overseas Chinese Student Received by Japanese Emperor, Empress

March 26, 2015
Editor: Amanda Wu
Overseas Chinese student Li Guangqin shows her JSPS Ikushi Prize certificate. [WeChat]

Overseas Chinese student Li Guangqin — the only foreign winner of the Fifth JSPS Ikushi Prize, a Japanese academic award — was greeted personally by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on March 4, 2015.

The Chinese doctoral student from the Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, was honored for her creation of innovative functions through forming a hybrid of metal nanoparticles and metal-organic frameworks.

Li went to study in Japan on a government sponsorship in 2011 and graduated from Kyoto University in November 2014.

During her doctoral studies, Li published as the first author a good number of papers in international core journals, such as "Nature Materials," "J. Am. Chem. Soc" and "Chemical Communications. " She also won the Best Student Report award and Best Poster award on numerous occasions.

Because of her outstanding academic performance, Li is highly appreciated and valued by her professors and now works as a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) special researcher at the university.

In 2009, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science received an endowment from Emperor Akihito on the 20th year of his reign. Amidst a severely economic environment in Japan, His Majesty's desire was to encourage and support young scientists who are working diligently to advance their studies and research. In deference to his wishes, the JSPS established the Ikushi Prize program and put it into operation in FY 2010. It functions to formally recognize outstanding doctoral students who can be expected to contribute to Japan's future scientific advancement.

(Source: chisa.edu.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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