Successful defense of masters thesis at UCAS
May 22, 2020 was the big day when I defended my masters thesis at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. For the last four months, we are under strict lockdown in Beijing that forced us to use Tencent Video conferencing application to organize the meeting virtually. Unlike traditional thesis defence meetings, there were no celebrations, no flowers, no cakes and no hugs - just a few dozen students, researchers and professors attending the meeting and providing feedbacks online.
Honestly I never wanted to graduate like this but unfortunately this has become the “new normal” throughout the globe. I am grateful to Professor(s) Baiqing Xu, Guangjian Wu, Shiyin Liu, Yaqiong Lu, Jing Gao, Wei Yang and Xiangke Xu for their presence in the meeting and valuable suggestions for not only the thesis but also the upcoming life as a researcher and scientist.
I am grateful to Professor Jing Gao from the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences for her excellent supervision and mentorship throughout my study in China. I also gratefully acknowledge the support from the Government of the People’s Republic of China for their generous support through the Belt and Road Master’s Fellowship program that supported my research masters at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.