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Star CBE student wins University Medal

Star CBE student wins University Medal

20 December 2017

At her graduation last week, Actuarial Studies Honours student Dongqing (Holly) Li was surprised and grateful to be announced the winner of the University Medal, in recognition of her exceptional academic performance over the past four years.

“I feel very lucky, and I want to say thank you to all my lecturers, friends and especially my honour supervisors. Actuarial studies is not an easy degree, but it is wise to choose something challenging when you are young.”

“My education at ANU has not only provided me the strong academic foundation but also being resilient when confronting challenges from your study and life,” she said.

Dr Fei Huang, Lecturer with the ANU Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies & Statistics and one of Dongqing’s Honours supervisors congratulated her on her achievement.

“Dongqing is an outstanding student in all respects. Her Honours thesis is of very high quality, showing great skill both in analytical and methodological aspects, and also in the practical aspects of analysing real data sets. I would like to congratulate her on winning the prestigious University Medal, and wish her all the best for her future endeavours.”

Not only is Dongqing a star student, achieving almost straight HD’s, she has also been a valued tutor at the College of Business and Economics. She says she enjoyed teaching statistics and sharing her knowledge with other undergraduate students.

“Statistics is a beautiful language to help simplify many complex problems in the world. I am happy to teach first year statistics and see how it can contribute to studies and research of other areas, like medical science, biology, business and physiology.”

Dongqing said her involvement in establishing the ANU Actuarial student society ASOC was a highlight of her time at ANU, and she enjoyed feeling like she was able to make a difference and contribute to the student community.

“In my third year, we founded an actuarial student society in ANU called ASOC and I was the Treasurer at that time. The Society aims to provide ANU actuarial students a platform to communicate about their social life, careers and studies.

“Even though we faced lots of difficulties, the ASOC executive team tried to sort them out with the support from CBE and student members. This experience means a lot to me – this successful teamwork is something I enjoyed.”

Looking ahead, she is excited for where her career may take her. She has decided that she will first gain some work experience before she returns to study. 

“I always believe no matter what I do, I should ‘keep the fire in my belly,’ which is working hard for the thing that makes you passionate about. And it takes time, and I need more experience to explore and find out.

“Next year, I will work for Munich Re in Sydney, a reinsurance from Germany. And after that, I am considering to do a statistic PhD mainly for data science in UK or US.”

Dongqing Li University Medal

Updated:   21 December 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Dean, Business & Economics / Page Contact:  College Web Team