The University of Michigan- Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute’s (UM-SJTU JI) 2015 Graduate Student Summer Camp was held at SJTU Minhang Campus on July 16. After stringent screening, 87 outstanding students from China’s top high schools were invited to attend the two-day exciting activities including face-to-face with the faculty and visiting JI’s labs.


Many faculty and staff members attended the opening ceremony held on July 15. Professor CP Chen, Associate Dean for Graduate Study, welcomed the students and briefed on JI’s development, educational features and the graduate program. He pointed out that JI emphasizes on nurturing students’ independent research capabilities, communication skills, global vision and leadership.


On July 16, the students were divided into groups to meet with different faculty members and understand their research topics. In the evening, the graduate student association organized a meeting for current graduate students to talk about their JI experiences and answer questions. On the morning of July 17, each student went on a one-to-one interview with the teacher of his/her interest. At lunch, students and faculty members got to know each other, exchange ideas and share experiences. In the afternoon, the current graduate students led the students on a tour of JI’s laboratories.


Other activities included engineering knowledge testing, English interview, visiting Zhizhu Industrial Park and touring the SJTU campus. The attendants have gained deep understanding of JI and established relationships with the faculty members. A student from Zhejiang thanked JI for the opportunity and hoped to join JI so he can fulfill his academic dream.


As the major channel for JI to recruit graduate students, the JI Graduate Student Summer Camp has been held in every July since 2011 and serves as a spring board for excellent high school students from all over China to enter the JI graduate program. Those who perform well at the camp will have priorities to be admitted to JI such as a waiver of the national entrance examination.