The Summer Science and Engineering University Campus Tour was held on July 27 and 28 for two days.
A total of 59 applicants (31 on the 27th, 28 on the 28th) who were interested in MSE had an information session on the MSE department (30 minutes) and looked round the MSE laboratories (90 minutes) to get familiar with the MSE research areas and motivated to gain admission to the department.
POSTECH holds this event for high school students from all over the country to lead the science and engineering education of young talents. Promising high school students who are interested in science and engineering are invited from all parts of the country and have opportunity to broaden their views and understanding on their interest areas.
The previous winter event took place on January 7 and January 13 with 60 participants (35 on the 7th,, 25 on the 13th).
After POSTECH Commencement Ceremony on Friday, February 19, the MSE Degree Conferment Ceremony was held on the same day on the first-floor lobby of the Science Building #1 in front of the MSE department office. A total of 71 MSE students (including those graduating in September) including 25 doctorate, 11 master’s, and 35 undergraduate students received congratulations from the faculty members, families and MSE students present in the ceremony.
At the POSTECH Commencement Ceremony, a total of 773 students, including 268 doctorate, 183 master’s, and 322 undergraduate students, received a degree. Seok-hyun Hong, the Chairman of JoongAng Ilbo and JTBC, won an honorary doctorate, becoming the fourth recipient of such degree at POSTECH.
The POSTECH Founder’s Award, which is awarded to the undergraduate valedictorian, was given to Min-gu Kang of Department of Physics (academic advisor: Prof. Yoon Hee Jung) who recorded a GPA of 4.21. As this award went to a science major, the Board of Chairman Award was automatically awarded to the top-ranking engineering major student, Young-gyu Kim (academic advisor: Prof. Dong Sung Kim) of Department of Mechanical Engineering with a GPA of 4.11.
The Hogil Kim Award, made after the name of the first POSTECH president and granted to a graduating student who contributed to the development and honor of the university, was given to Cho-yeop Kim of Department of Chemistry. Mr. Kim, despite his hearing difficulty, excelled at writing and won prizes at many writing and idea contests. Last year, he made headline by winning the Korea Talent Award.
Sung Kee Chung Paper Award for a science major and Kun Soo Chang Paper award for an engineering major, which are granted to graduating students who published a top-class doctorate dissertation, were respectively given to Oh Youn Kim (academic advisor: Prof. Yong Song Gho) of Department of Life Science with her dissertation “Genetically engineered bacterial protoplast-derived nanovesicles that mimic exosomes as targeted drug delivery system,” and Boseok Kang (academic advisor: Prof. Kil Won Cho) of Department of Chemical Engineering with his dissertation on organic semiconductor molecules and thin films and their charge-transfer properties. These two awards are funded by the donations of former POSTECH President Sung-kee Chung and Emeritus Professor Kun Soo Chang and have been ten years since their establishment.
POSTECH President Doh-Yeon Kim said in his speech, “Unless you give up your goals on your own, you never fail,” and added, “I’m sure you’ll stir up vitality into the current society where many are discouraged to set goals and work to realize them.” Also, he asked the students to “become not the leaders who pursue private interest, but the leaders who make difference in the world and share what you achieved with the society.”
The MSE Undergraduate Students’ Day was established and celebrated on November 14.
In celebration of the Day, a variety of events were planned and conducted reflecting the opinions of undergraduate students.
MSE alumni were invited to have talks with students on the future career and vision. The annual MSE Undergraduate Academic Award was granted to students who achieved great academic performance. “Talk with Professors” provided a chance for frank and sincere conversations between students and their professors. And “MSE Night” was held in the D’medley restaurant on the second floor of POSCO International Center to successfully wrap up a series of the celebratory events.
A total of 77 people including 55 students, 11 faculty members, and 6 alumni participated in the events held on the first floor conference hall and second floor D’medley of the POSCO International Center. Among MSE alumni, Ho Wan Jang (Professor, Seoul National University), Yong-joo Kim, Doo-ri Kim, Byung-Gab Lee, Dong-hoon Kim, and Sung Hoon Woo were invited and delivered speeches on college life, students’ concerns, and career choice and had conversations with the attendees.
At the MSE Undergraduate Academic award presentation ceremony, award certificates and plaques were granted to 57 students including 7 valedictorians and 13 salutatorians who showed superior academic performance in 2014 2nd and 2015 1st semesters. The award presentation helped enhance academic atmosphere and motivate aspirations among undergraduate students.
During “Talk with Professors” and “MSE Night,” students continued to share their concerns and worries about studying and career with faculty members.