Hongyu is raised by her grandparents as her parents are migrant workers who have been going to Yunnan yearly to make a living. She loves her family, especially her younger sister: each time she buys a book for herself, she would select one for her sister. Hongyu is involved in student research projects at Tsinghua and placed #1 out of 90 students in debate. Her career goal is to be an engineer or a college teacher, doing some research for practical application. Her undergraduate thesis project was on flame fuel cell and combustion in porous media. She has graduated from her undergrad program and is staying at Tsinghua for her PhD. Outside of academics, she volunteer for university science summer camp and is learning dance.
“As a female student pursuing a thermal engineering major, I am in an environment where male students dominate in numbers. No matter how much ambition I have in this major, I still feel inferior to my male counterparts from time to time. The Qian Zheng Memorial Scholarship gives female students who study STEM majors a special recognition. It helps us maintain our belief that women can excel in STEM majors. Without the scholarship, I would not be so confident and would not have so many useful resources.”
“My career goals are to be an engineer or a college teacher, and do some research for practical application. I want to do something more useful for society. In order to reach these goals, I will study harder and make collaboration with international research groups.”