UPOS Awarding Ceremony, May 27, 2016
Eleven undergraduate students who intend to take summer internship positions recently received the Undergraduate Practice Opportunity Scholarship (UPOS) offered by the College of Engineering. The scholarship offers financial support as well as career-related advice. Sponsors of the scholarship, Philip and Hsia Choong, conferred the awards at a ceremony on May 27.
UPOS was established in 2011 in order to facilitate internships and practical experiences for undergraduates in theirs second or third year. It is supported by the Hsia Sheo-Yu & Hwang Yu-Tseng Fund through a 100,000 USD endowment from Philip and Hsia Choong. Both Philip and Hsia Choong are supporters of Peking University; the couple has donated funds totaling over 700,000 USD.
Philip Choong is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an internationally renowned expert on space technology. “I believe that internship is a very important means for the students to discover themselves and the outside world. It will help them shape a clearer idea of what career they want to take in the future,” said Mr. Choong.
“UPOS is carried out in three stages. An initial scholarship of 1,5000 yuan is provided prior to the internship, while a stipend of 2,000 yuan is later awarded to recipients who demonstrated excellent performance. An extra 1,000 yuan is awarded to students who decided to become tutors to recipients of the subsequent year,” said Yongmei Li, UPOS manager and assistant dean of the College of Engineering.
This year, fourteen and nine undergraduates received the second- and third-stage UPOS respectively, many of whom talked about their internship experiences at the ceremony. All the recipients had communications with Mr. and Mrs. Choong to seek their advice on career development.