Successful thesis defense at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
May 22, 2020, was the big day I defended my master’s 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 formal thesis defense meetings, there were no celebrations, no flowers, no cakes, and no hugs - just a few dozen students, researchers, and professors attending the conference and providing feedback online.
Honestly, I never wanted to graduate like this, but unfortunately, this has become the “new normal” worldwide. 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 time in China. I also gratefully acknowledge the Government of the People’s Republic of China’s support 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.