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Dr. Ray Wu
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Dr. Ray Wu (1928-2008) was a true scholar in the world and a strong advocate for life sciences throughout Asia.  In the 1970s, he developed the first method for DNA sequencing and pioneered recombinant DNA technology.  He devoted later part of his scientific career to genetic engineering of rice, which feeds most of the world population.

Dr. Ray Wu played numerous advisory roles to Chinese and Taiwan governments, as well as academic institutions.  In particular, he initiated an exchange program, the CUSBEA (China-United States Biology and Biochemistry Examinations and Applications) Program, in the 1980s which brought over 400 students from China to pursue Ph.D. degrees in the US, thus leading the way for Chinese students to study life sciences abroad and return to work in China.

 

Ray Wu Prize
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The Ray Wu Prize recognizes excellence in life science research by a graduate student for innovation, independent thinking, and dedication.  Ray Wu Prize is awarded each year to graduate students who are pursuing a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in an academic institution located in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Singapore.

The prize consists of USD $3000, a medal, a certificate, and a citation by the Ray Wu Memorial Fund (RWMF).  The recipients could also apply for up to $5000 travel award for attending international conferences and advanced workshops.

RWMF will serve as a liaison for the Ray Wu Prize winners who wish to seek consultation from established investigators as they develop their scientific careers. Ten or more awards will be made each year.

Prof. Gu Xiaocheng
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Prof. Gu Xiaocheng (1930-2012) was a professor in the School of Life Sciences, Peking University. She served as the Head of the Department of Biology (currently the School of Life Sciences) and the State Key Laboratory for Protein Engineering and Plant Genetic Engineering. She played many leading roles in developing cutting edge life science research programs for both Peking University and the country.

Prof. Gu enthusiastically promoted scientific exchanges between China and the rest of the world.  She was the chief coordinator representing China in an exchange program, the CUSBEA (China-United States Biology and Biochemistry Examinations and Applications) Program which Dr. Ray Wu initiated. She organized a series of conferences that allowed CUSEBA students and others to continue their contacts. Prof. Gu is loved by every student in the CUSBEA program and many others.

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