The Shiu-Ying Hu Student/Postdoctoral Exchange Award supports American-Chinese exchanges for graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, and/or postdoctoral researchers studying the comparative biology of woody plants, including developmental biology, physiology, genetics, reproductive biology, or ecology.
Professor Shiu-Ying Hu (1910-2012) made innumerable and important contributions to botanical science through her vast knowledge, collecting activities and research, writings and publications, and tireless personal devotion to the plant kingdom. In a career that spanned more than seven decades, she made her mark in the field of plant taxonomy as Emeritus Senior Research Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Honorary Professor of Chinese Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. An internationally-recognized authority on Ilex (hollies), Hemerocaulis (daylilies), Paulownia, Compositae (daisies), and Orchidaceae (orchids), Professor Hu collected and identified as many as 185,000 plant specimens and published more than 160 papers over the course of her lifetime.
Professor Hu’s work as a researcher and teacher inspired multiple generations of botanical students around the world, particularly those interested in the flora of her native China and its disjunct companion species in North America. As the steward of one of the world’s premiere collections of Chinese plants (held outside of Asia), the Arnold Arboretum served as a focal training ground for Shiu-Ying Hu after she became the first Chinese woman to earn a doctorate in botany from Harvard University. Her critical contributions to the beginnings of the Flora of China Project under the guidance of Arboretum Director Richard Howard not only inaugurated her career but produced the first volume in a project that today engages more than 600 scientists from around the world in preparing individual treatments. The recipient of numerous awards and honors during her lifetime, Professor Shiu-Ying Hu will be honored as a scientist and teacher in perpetuity by the Arnold Arboretum through an endowed fund to award emerging scientists who wish to follow her example of diligence and scholarship.
Awards of $2,500 or less are granted to support awardee travel, research and/or living expenses.
Awardee(s) chosen from the People’s Republic of China will receive funds to conduct studies involving the living collections at the Arnold Arboretum.
Awardee(s) from Harvard University will receive funds to conduct studies in the field or at a botanical institution in China.
Awards are granted through a competitive review process. Selection of recipient(s) will be based on the educational background of the student and their readiness to conduct the proposed research; the quality of the proposed research; and the relevance of the proposed research to the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum.
To be considered for an award, online applications should include the following:
Applicants must be students or post-doctoral researchers from either the People’s Republic of China OR from Harvard University.
For questions about the award, Arboretum resources, research proposal or submission process, contact the selection committee (Email).
The Shiu-Ying Hu Student/Postdoctoral Exchange Award is made possible by the generosity of family, friends, colleagues, and admirers of eminent Chinese botanist and taxonomist Professor Shiu-Ying Hu (1910-2012).