A Vietnamese graduate student has won a top award at a US university for her academic excellence.
Huyen Ton Nu Hoang Lan, from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, received the Founder’s Medal from Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos at the school’s commencement ceremony last week, according to the university’s news website.
The university, located in the US state of Tennessee, has awarded the medal to the student graduating at the top of his or her class from each of Vanderbilt’s ten undergraduate and professional schools since 1877.
The award is named after the university’s founder, Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made a contribution to endow the honor in the first year.
Lan is graduating with a masters of business administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management.
She has received numerous academic honors, including the Bruce D. Henderson Scholarship for the highest GPA as a second-year student.
She was also an Owen Admissions Ambassador, who volunteered to share the unique Owen experience with prospective students, and also an active member of the Student Advisory Committee and finance and consulting clubs.
Lan was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, the highest honor a business student can earn.
The Vietnamese woman graduated with a first class honor degree in computer engineering from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University in 2006 before finishing in the top three of her class at another Singaporean school, Temasek Polytechnic, three years later.
She spent a few months as an intern at Dell and ExxonMobil in 2012 and 2005, respectively, and now plans to pursue a career in business and quantitative analytics.