2017 U.S. ASPIRE Competition

2017 U.S. ASPIRE Winner and Runners-Up Announced

The U.S. Department of State, Wiley, and Elsevier congratulate Dr. Liangfang Zhang of The University of California, San Diego for being selected as the U.S. nominee in the 2017 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) competition. Dr. Zhang’s embodies the spirit of APEC cooperation and his work in nanomedicine is informing the evolution of drug delivery and cancer treatment.

ASPIRE is an annual award hosted by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) that recognizes young scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in scientific research and cross-border research. Each APEC member economy identifies their own nominee for the prize, and the U.S. State Department’s Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, in conjunction with Wiley and Elsevier, holds an annual competition to identify the scientists to represent the United States on the APEC stage. This year, a record number of applicants in the United States were received for the theme of “New Materials Technology”, and the winner was chosen by a panel of scientific experts throughout the U.S. government.

Dr. Zhang will now compete against nominees from other APEC economies for the grand prize which includes a $25,000 prize.

In addition to Dr. Zhang, congratulations are given to Dr. Zhen Ghu of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, as well as Dr. Michael Arnold of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as runners-up. All three will be invited to Washington, D.C. for an award ceremony at the Department of State this summer. In addition to representing the United States, the Dr. Zhang will receive a $3,000 cash prize with the runners-up receiving $1,500 each. The ASPIRE Prize co-sponsors, Elsevier and Wiley generously sponsor the U.S. ASPIRE Competition.

See more information on the ASPIRE Prize and past winners here: http://www.apec.org/aspire.


06/15/17 Winner of the 2017 U.S. ASPIRE Competition; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC