Lin Xing, a political science graduate student studying at the University of Nevada, Reno, received the International Graduate Student Grant Award for his academic and volunteer work.
Xing, originally a public servant from Shanghai, China, received his undergraduate international politics degree and masters in political theory at the Zhejiang University in China. He has recently begun his studies at the University of Nevada, Reno in pursuit of a doctorate degree in political science.
"It is a great program with outstanding professors who have unique field specialization," Xing said. "There is also a strong international student community with diversity and great ideas."
While remaining diligent in his studies, Xing is a teaching assistant for the University's Core Humanities curriculum. He volunteers for the Little City International Fellowship, a non-denominational Christian youth group for Reno students far from home, and leads the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, a local group that promotes communication and the celebration of Chinese culture. Xing is also the secretary for the Political Science Graduate Organization, in which he helps graduate students in the University's political science department meet with faculty. Altogether, Xing's volunteerism and academic excellence qualified him for the University's International Student Award.
"Lin exemplifies how our international students bring value to the University and the state of Nevada," Derek Kauneckis, director of graduate studies for the political science department in the College of Liberal Arts, said. "He is active in cultural outreach, engaged with the community and a budding young scholar."
The award, granted by the University's Office of International Students and Scholars, has also provided Xing with a financial scholarship for his upcoming semester.
"I am honored to receive the award, which will allow me to continue my studies," Xing said.
Xing intends to graduate in 2017 and wants to work for an international organization to develop education and healthcare systems.