Two of EPIC-China’s first class of pre-doctoral fellows will be taking on new academic challenges this fall. Over the past two years, the fellows have worked closely with EPIC-affiliated faculty and staff to produce valuable research and develop new skills.
The highly competitive fellowship provides young researchers who have completed their bachelor’s degrees the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a full-time work environment under the guidance of EPIC-affiliated faculty and researchers. This year’s departing class—Bobing Qiu and Fanyu Wang—are moving on to pursue advanced degrees in agricultural & resource economics and sustainable development. Each will leave with the strong support network of professors, postdoctoral scholars, and colleagues who helped advance their research skills, knowledge base and career paths.
Bobing Qiu worked with both EPIC-China Research Director Guojun He and Harris Public Policy Assistant Professor Shaoda Wang on multiple projects related to China’s development, political economy, and environmental issues. Qiu will be joining the PhD program in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at University of California, Berkeley.
“It has been an incredible experience at EPIC-China working on cutting-edge research projects with supportive supervisors and outstanding peers. The technical skills and, more importantly, the research paradigms I developed here are invaluable for my PhD study as well as future career in academic research. I could not wish for a better place to spend the last two years and prepare to pursue a PhD.”
While at EPIC-China, Fanyu Wang worked with both Harris Public Policy’s Shaoda Wang and EPIC-China’s Guojun He. She supported the research project investigating the impact of long-distance transmission on electricity production and the environment in China. In the fall, Fanyu will join the PhD program in Sustainable Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
“Being an EPIC pre-doctoral fellow has offered me the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences of all stages of research, which is very important for my transition to doctoral study. I feel grateful for the guidance from the faculty, who are very supportive and approachable, and the collaborative working environment among the pre-doctoral fellows has made the experiences all the more valuable.”