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6 International Students Won the 2021 Academic Excellence Award
Time:2021-11-17,PM 02:43
University of Science and Technology of China

The list of the students for the 2021 Academic Excellence Award is determined by International College Teaching Committee after their reviewing and discussing the students’ application materials, and the list has been announced on the official website of International College as required. This year, 6 international students were selected due to their outstanding academic performance. On November 15, the Awarding Ceremony was held in the Lecture Hall 307 of International Building.

Mr. Jiajie JIANG, Deputy Director of Office of International Cooperation and Vice Dean of International College, Prof. Nikolas Freris, Vice Dean of International College, Ms. Judy SHEN, Director of International Students Office, staff members of International College, award-winning students, and representatives of international students who are at present on campus attended the ceremony.


Mr. Jiajie JIANG delivered a cordial and encouraging opening speech. He fully affirmed the outstanding performance and positive spirit of the international students, acknowledged the great supervision of their professors, exerted his best wishes to the students for a bright future in their academic career, and hoped that they could keep it up and dedicate much to the well-being of the whole world.


Then, Mr. Jiajie JIANG presented the Certificates of Honor to the students. They are: Islam Mohamed Moustafa Abdellatif, Majad Mansoor, Ayesha Zahid, Amara Ilyas, Marina Hakim and Samina Irshad.

Majad Mansoor, a second-year doctoral student from Department of Automation, delivered a speech as a representative of the award-winning students. In his speech, he expressed his heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped him during his study at USTC, including his supervisor Prof. Qiang LING, his labmates, and staff members of International College. He also shared his scientific research experiences with the international students at present.



The Academic Excellence Award not only implies an affirmation of the performance of the students, but also is an incentive for the international student’s community. We hope our international students could follow these examples, and eventually become extraordinary international talents.


The list of published papers or book chapters of each award-winning students could be found in the Appendix.



Islam Mohamed Moustafa Abdellatif is a doctoral student majoring in Analytical Chemistry in Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Under the supervision of Prof. Guobao XU, he published 3 papers as the 1st author, and wrote two book chapters. The details are as follows:

Published papers

‎(1) Mostafa, I. M.; Gilani, M. R. H. S.; Chen, Y.; Lou, B.; Li, J.; Xu, G. Journal of Food & Drug ‎Analysis 2021, 29. (DOI: 10.38212/2224-6614.3361)‎ IF=6.079

‎(2) Mostafa, I. M.; Halawa, M. I.; Chen, Y.; Abdussalam, A.; Guan, Y.; Xu, G. Analyst 2020, ‎‎145, 2709-2715. (DOI: 10.1039/C9AN02600B).‎ IF=4.616

‎(3) Mostafa, I. M.; Meng, C.; Dong, Z.; Lou, B.; Xu, G. Analytical Sciences 2021, 21SAR02. ‎‎(DOI: 10.2116/analsci.21SAR02)‎ IF=2.081

Book Chapters

‎(1) Mostafa, I. M.; Du, F.; Lou, B.; Xu, G. Cell-Based Biosensors, in:  Biochemical Sensors: ‎Fundament and Development In honor of the 90th birthday of Prof. Shaojun Dong, World ‎Scientific, 2021, pp. 299-357. (‎

‎(2) Mostafa, I. M.; Du, F.; Xu, G. Graphitic Carbon Nitride-based Chemiluminescent and ‎Electro chemiluminescent Sensors, in: Carbon Nitride Nanostructures for Sustainable Energy ‎Production and Environmental Remediation, 2021, pp. 38-79. (DOI: 10.1039/9781839164606-‎‎00038).‎


Majad Mansoor is a second-year doctoral student majoring in Control Science and Engineering in Department of Automation, School of Information Science and Technology. Under the supervision of Prof. Qiang LING, he published 4 SCI papers as the 1st author. The paper details are as follows:

(1)    Mansoor Majad , Adeel Feroz Mirza, S Duan, J Zhu, B Yin, Qiang Ling, “Maximum energy harvesting of centralized thermoelectric power generation systems with non-uniform temperature distribution based on novel equilibrium optimizerEnergy Conversion and Management (2021) (SCI, 中科院 1, IF=9.7)

(2)    Mansoor Majad, Adeel Feroz Mirza, Qiang Ling. “Harris hawk optimization based MPPT control for PV Systems under PS conditionsJournal of Cleaner Production 2020) SCI, 中科院1, IF= 9.2

(3)    Mansoor Majad, Adeel Feroz Mirza, Qiang Ling, and M. Yaqoob Javed. "Novel Grasshopper optimization based MPPT of PV systems for complex partial shading conditions." Solar Energy 198 (2020): 499-518. SCI, 中科院 2, IF=5.7

(4)    Mansoor Majad, Adeel Feroz Mirza, K Zhan, Qiang Ling "An Intelligent Tunicate Swarm Algorithm based MPPT control strategy for Multiple Configurations of PV systems under Partial Shading Conditions", Advanced Theory and Simulations. (2021) SCI, 中科院3区, IF=4.04

Ayesha Zahid is a doctoral student majoring in Biochemistry and Molecule Biology in Division of Life Sciences and Medicine. Under the supervision of Prof. Tengchuan JING, she published 3 papers as the 1st author in the journals: Frontiers in Immunology and Pakistan Journal of Zoology. The paper details are as follows:

(1)    Zahid, A., Li, B., Kombe, A. J. K., Jin, T., & Tao, J. (2019). Pharmacological inhibitors of the NLRP3 inflammasome. Frontiers in immunology, 10, 2538. IF=7.5

  DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.02538

(2)    Zahid, A., Ismail, H., Li, B., & Jin, T. (2020). Molecular and structural basis of DNA sensors in antiviral innate immunity. Frontiers in Immunology, 11. IF=7.5

DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2020.613039

(3)    Zahid, A., Muazzam, A., Mustafa, S., Irshad, S., Mahmood, M. S., & Shahzad, R. (2017). A Novel Gap Junction Alpha 8 (GJA8) Mutation Associated with a Congenital Cataract Patient in Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Zoology, 49(4).


Amara Ilyas is a third-year doctoral student majoring in Astrophysics in School of Physical Sciences. With the encouragement of her supervisor Prof. Yifu CAI, Amara attended multiple international and domestic conferences since enrollment, and as the 1st author, she published 2 high-quality papers in Journal of High Energy Physics and Journal of Cosmology and Astro Particle Physics. The paper details are as follow:   

(1)    Ilyas, A., Zhu, M., Zheng, Y. and Cai, Y. F., “Emergent Universe and Genesis from Dhost Cosmology”, JHEP 01(2021)141. IF=5.875

(2)    Ilyas, A., Zhu, M., Zheng, Y., Cai, Y. F. and Saridakis, E. N., “Dhost Bounce”, JCAP. 09(2020)002. IF=5.210


Marina Hakim is a doctoral student majoring in Paleontology and Straitigraphy in Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Under the supervision of Prof. Diying HUANG, and as the 1st author, she published 10 papers in international journals, among them, 4 are SCI papers. The paper details are as follows:

(1Hakim, M., Azar, S., Maksoud, S., Huang, D.-Y. and Azar, D. (2018) New polymorphic psyllipsocids from Burmese amber (Psocodea: Psyllipsocidae). Cretaceous Research, 84, 389–400.

(2Hakim, M., Huang, D.-Y. and Azar, D. (2018) First lepidopsocid from the mid Miocene Dominican amber (Psocodea: Trogiomorpha: Lepidopsocidae). Palaeoentomology, 1(1), 58–64.

(3Hakim, M., Huang, D.-Y., Nel, A. and Azar, D. (2019) Description of the female of Myopsocus arthuri Nel, Waller & Poinar, 2006 from Miocene Dominican amber (Psocodea: Psocomorpha: Myopsocidae). Palaeoentomology, 2(2), 140–147.

(4Hakim, M., Azar, D., Szwedo, J., Brysz, A.M. and Huang, D.-Y. (2019) New paraneopterans (Protopsyllidioidea, Hemiptera) from the mid-Cretaceous amber of northern Myanmar. Cretaceous Research, 98, 136–152.

(5Hakim, M., Azar, D. and Huang, D.-Y. (2019) Protopsyllidioids and their behaviour “frozen” in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Palaeoentomology, 2(3), 271–278.

(6Hakim, M., Azar, D. and Huang, D.-Y. (2020) A unique manicapsocid (Psocodea: Amphientometae) from the mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Cretaceous Research, 107, 104278.

(7Hakim, M., Azar, D., Szwedo, J., Drohojowska, J. and Huang, D.-Y. (2021) Paraprotopsyllidiidae fam. nov., a new thrips-like protopsyllidioid family from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber (Hemiptera; Sternorrhyncha). Cretaceous Research, 120, 104726.

(8Hakim, M., Azar, D., Fu, Y.-Z., Cai, C.-Y. and Huang, D.-Y. (2021) A new cormopsocid from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber (Psocodea: Trogiomorpha: Cormopsocidae). Palaeoentomology, 4(2), 178–185.

(9Hakim, M., Huang, D.-Y. and Azar, D. (2021) New fossil psocids from Cretaceous Siberian ambers (Psocodea: Trogiomorpha: Atropetae). Palaeoentomology, 4(2), 186–198.

(10Hakim, M., Azar, D. and Huang, D.-Y. (2021) A new species of Cormopsocidae from Burmese amber (Psocodea; Trogiomorpha). Palaeoentomology, 4(3), 213–217.


Samina Irshad is a doctoral student majoring in Environmental Science and Engineering in school of Earth and Space Sciences. Under the supervision of Prof. Guijian LIU, she published 2 papers as the 1st author, and 1 paper as the 1st author on equal contribution. The paper details are as follows:

(1) Samina Irshad. Guijian Liu. Balal Yousaf. Muhammad Ubaid Ali. Rafay Ahmed. Abdul Rehman. Muhammad Saqib Rashid. Yusra Mahfooz Geochemical fractionation and spectroscopic fingerprinting for evaluation of the environmental transformation of potentially toxic metal(oid)s in surface–subsurface soil. Environmental Geochemistry and Health DOI: 10.1007/s10653-021-00932-z. IF=4.609

(2) Samina Irshad, Guijian Liu, Balal Yousaf, Habib Ullah, Muhammad Ubaid Ali, Jörg Rinklebe Estimating the pollution characteristics and health risks of potentially toxic metal(loid)s in urban-industrial soils in the Indus basin, Pakistan. Environmental monitoring and assessment IF=2.513

(3) Mehr Ahmed Mujtaba Munir, Samina Irshad, Balal Yousaf, Muhammad Ubaid Ali, Dan Chen, Qumber Abbas, Guijian Liu, Xiaoe Yang Interactive assessment of lignite and bamboo-biochar for geochemical speciation, modulation and uptake of Cu and other heavy metals in the copper mine tailing. Science of The Total Environment DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146536 Accepted (March 2021) First Author on equal contribution. IF=7.963

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