Outstanding Researcher Awards 2017-18

Message from Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the 2017-18 award recipients of the Outstanding Researcher Awards scheme, including the Outstanding Researcher Award (ORA), Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA), Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award (ORSSA), and Research Output Prize (ROP).

The ORA and OYRA are awards made by the University Research Committee to recognize individuals on their outstanding research accomplishments.  The ORSSA is to recognize exemplary and effective supervisory guidance and support to their research postgraduate students.  The recipients of the 2017-18 Awards are as follows:

Outstanding Researcher Award (ORA)

Professor Xuechen Li, Department of Chemistry (Faculty of Science)
ŸProfessor Nirmala Rao (Faculty of Education)

Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA)

Miss Cora Sau Wai Chan, Department of Law (Faculty of Law)
Dr. Esther Wai Yin Chan
, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy (LKS Faculty of Medicine)
Dr. Weixia Gu
, Department of Law (Faculty of Law)
Dr. Mingxin Huang
, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)
Dr. Benjamin Robert Kane
, Department of Mathematics (Faculty of Science)
Dr. Victor Ho Fun Lee
, Department of Clinical Oncology (LKS Faculty of Medicine)
Dr. Janny Hiu Chi Leung
, School of English (Faculty of Arts)
Dr. Ch-yuan Kaiy Quek
, Department of Politics and Public Administration (Faculty of Social Sciences)

Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award (ORSSA)

Professor Anskar Yu Hung Leung, Department of Medicine (LKS Faculty of Medicine)
Professor Dennis Yiu Cheong Leung
, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)
Professor Anthony Gar On Yeh
, Department of Urban Planning and Design (Faculty of Architecture)

Research Output Prize (ROP)

The ROP is a Faculty-based award to honour the best research output from each Faculty.  This year, ten Research Output Prizes are conferred on the authors by the Faculties.  Please refer to the Research Services homepage at http://www.rss.hku.hk/honours-awards/internal-awards/rop-winners for details.

My heartfelt congratulations to all the award recipients on their outstanding achievements.  They are role models for all academics of HKU while we are gearing for excellence, quality and impact in the research, innovation and knowledge transfer endeavors.  May I also take this opportunity to thank all members involved in the reviews.  Colleagues whom we were unable to recommend for awards in this round are encouraged to strengthen their cases and try again in the future.


With best regards,

Professor Andy Hor
Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)