The attendees of the 18th Awarding Program for Future Scientists pose for a group photo.
Executive secretary of CAST Chen Gang (1st, R) poses for a group photo with three first-prize winners of the 18th Awarding Program for Future Scientists.
The award ceremony of the 18th Awarding Program for Future Scientists, a program co-sponsored by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Hs Chau Foundation, was held at Beihang University, Beijing on Nov. 4, 2018.
Chen Gang, executive secretary of CAST, delivered a speech on behalf of the sponsors and presented awards to those honored as "Future Scientists" at the ceremony.
CAS academician and chair of the program's Evaluation Committee Wu Yueliang, CAS academician and the program's Evaluation Supervision Committee Li Lemin, CAE academician and president of the Association for Science and Technology of Beihang University Wang Jun, NSFC vice president Gao Ruiping, director of the Hs Chau Foundation Chang Pui Vee and other representatives of the program's sponsors and organizers also attended and presented awards at the ceremony.
Chen said that the awarding program is committed to discovering and cultivating young minds with a potential to be good scientific researchers and it provides a platform for young science enthusiasts to showcase their creative ideas, exchange experiences and learn to start their scientific career.
Chen expressed the hope that award winners will stay interested and enthusiastic in scientific inquiry, continuously pursue truth and make bold explorations, and keep the seed of science growing in their hearts so that they can serve the Chinese Dream of national renewal.
A record high of 2,472 students applied for the awarding program this year and 130 made the shortlist, according to the evaluation work report given by Wu Yueliang on behalf of his committee.
The final selection ended with 15 first-prize winners, 35 second-prize winners, 50 three-prize winners and 26 nominee award winners after research project judging interview, disposition, capability assessment and curricula knowledge test.
The title of "Future Scientist", the highest honor of the program, went to three first-prize winners, namely Wang Xiaoya from Beijing No. 171 Middle School, Zhang Shiwen from Peking Academy and Rao Yike from Zhejiang Quzhou No. 2 Middle School.
During the event the shortlisted students took part in a number of exchange activities as part of the program such as the academician forum, Nobel laureate lectures, the young scientist salon and the "Future Scientists" alumni club. They also visited Beihang University's state key laboratory and Air and Space Museum and CAS' Olympic Village Science Park and interacted with members of Beihang University's student club for science and culture.
By exposing the students to the teachings of senior scientists, frontier technologies and university campus surroundings, the activities are expected to foster the students' love and emotion to the nation and the people, increase their interest in science and boost their confidence in scientific explorations.
While encouraging students to take up science majors and scientific research jobs, the program has also helped advance teenagers' science education by awarding schools and tutoring organizations.
The past almost two decades have seen the program become an important brand of teenagers' science education in China with increasingly greater social influence, attention and recognition.
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