The Outstanding Advising Award promotes and encourages recognition of outstanding advising services to the students of the University of Missouri. Prof. Ping Yu is one of the two recipients of the award this year.
Prof. Yu has a strong belief in mentoring and supporting students. He is always willing to accept undergraduate (or high school students) in his research group. In his lab, he works with the undergraduate students to teach them skills required for experimental work and data analysis. As students progress through their research, he encourages them to write reports and make presentations, thus helping them develop writing and presentation skills. His guidance of several of these students has helped launch them in successful careers in physics. Research projects done under his guidance are presented by students at both local and national conferences. One of the undergraduate physics majors, Domingo Pacheco (participant in the EXPRESS program) presented his research at the 5th Annual Meeting of Society for Molecular Imaging in Hawaii and is also a co-author on a publication. Another physics undergraduate student, Romanus Hutchins, presented his research results at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO, May 2015, San Jose, CA), one of the top international conferences organized by the Optical Society of American, and at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS, 2015 in Washington and 2016 in Florida). Romanus was also selected as an undergraduate research representative for the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capital in 2016 and as an IMSD EXPRESS fellow for 2017-18. Some of the high school students working in Prof. Yu’s lab received awards in Missouri Region Competition for Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium (JSEHS), Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Siemens Competition for Science and Mathematics, and Intel Science Talent Search.
Congratulations to Prof. Yu for his hard work in mentoring/advising students!