

An elite class for the very best
Challenging, flexible curriculum
Strong personalized mentoring
Generous scholarships and awards
Research opportunities
International experience with financial supports


Students with demonstrated mathematical excellence are eligible for admission to the prestigious "S.S. Chern Class",
once they have declared their major as either Mathematics (MATH) or Mathematics and Economics (MAEC).
Depending on the academic performance, a Chern Class student can receive up to HK$50,000 at the time of graduation.
Eligible students will receive invitation emails for admission, normally by the first week of August each year.






For inquiries, please contact:
Dr Winglung LEE
email: malung@ust.hk




A brief biography of the renowned Math Maestro


ShiingShen Chern (陳省身)
(1911 – 2004)
Chern was born in 28th October 1911 in Jiaxing, Zhejiang. He studied at Nankai University in Tianjin and graduated from Tsinghua University in 1934 with the first ever master degree in mathematics issued in China. With a scholarship he studied in University of Hamburg under Wilhelm Blaschke and obtained his doctoral degree in 1936. He then went to Paris to work on differential geometry with Élie Cartan.
In 1937 Chern left Paris to become professor of mathematics at Tsinghua University. However the second SinoJapanese war began and the university moved twice to avoid the war. He worked at what was then named Southwest Associated University from 1938 until 1943. In 1943 he accepted the invitation to visit the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In the next two years, Chern completed two of his most important work there, namely the intrinsic proof of the GaussBonnet formula and the discovery of the Chern characteristic classes in fibre spaces, which opened up a new era for global differential geometry.
Chern returned to Shanghai in 1946 after the end of World War II to help found the Institute of Mathematics of the Academia Sinica, but however this time the civil war in China made life difficult and so he went back to Princeton in 1949. In the same year he moved to University of Chicago and stayed there until 1960, and then he moved to University of California at Berkeley and stayed there until his retirement in 1980. In 1981, he founded the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley and served as the founding director until 1984 (MSRI now is one of the largest and most prominent mathematical institutes in the world). Chern also founded the Nankai Institute for Mathematics (NKIM) at Tianjin in 1985 and served as the founding director until 1992. NKIM was renamed the Chern Institute of Mathematics in 2004 in memory of Chern.
Chern received numerous prominent awards in his life, notably the Chauvenet Prize (1970), the National Medal of Science (1975), the Wolf Prize in Mathematics (1983), the Lobachevsky Medal (2002), and the first Shaw Prize in mathematical sciences (2004). And in 2010, a new international award “Chern Medal”, named in honor of Chern, started to be bestowed in the same fashion as the Fields Medal, the Nevanlinna Prize, and the Gauss Prize at the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians, which is held every four years.
Chern also had a deep connection with HKUST in his late years. He agreed HKUST to name the S.S. Chern lecture series in 2002 (initiatives to establish the Institute for Advanced Study at HKUST), and was conferred HKUST’s Doctor of Science honoris causa in 2003. His soninlaw, Paul Chingwu Chu, was the former president of HKUST (20012009); his PhD student, Shiuyuen Cheng, was the former Dean of Science (20042010), and also the former Head of Department of Mathematics (19962004) in HKUST.




Scholarships, stipends, and awards:
 Chern Class Scholarship on admission [up to HK$10,000]
 Chern Class Talent Scholarships on satisfactory academic progress [~HK$2,500 at the end of Year 2/3]
 Financial support for summer research/exchange opportunity [~HK$5,000 oneoff]
 Chern Class Achievement Scholarships at graduation**
Privileges and supports:
 Strong personalized mentoring
 Guided undergraduate research opportunity
 First priority in consideration for summer research/exchange opportunity
 Opportunity to participate in international projects/research
**The Chern Class Achievement Scholarships
Chern Class students who are:
 graduating in IRE program with major in MATH and with CGA at least 2.85, or
 graduating with MATH/MAEC major and with CGA at least 3.3;
are entitled to the Chern Class Achievement Scholarship [up to HK$15,000].
Those who graduate with CGA at least 3.85, or with GPA at least 3.9 in all MATH courses taken (at least 45 HKUST MATH credits), will receive the prestigious award [up to HK$30,000]:
Chern Class Achievement Scholarship with outstanding performance certificate




In addition to students’ own major/track requirements, Chern Class students are also required to complete the following courses (some of them with grade attainment requirements):




Awardees in 2017
Chern Class Scholarship
AU, Kam Cheong
 Year 2
FAN, Wenjie
 Year 2
FENG, Zihan
 Year 2
HU, Xinqiao
 Year 2
LI, Fuzhe
 Year 2
SINGHAL, Deepesh
 Year 2
TANG, Tianchen
 Year 2
WAN, Jingbo
 Year 2
WANG, Xinyi
 Year 2
WONG, Sing Lam
 Year 2
YUAN, Tong
 Year 2
ZHANG, Shiyu
 Year 2
ZHU, Haoren
 Year 2
Chern Class Talent Scholarship
CHEN, Minghui
 Year 3
CHEN, Weili
 Year 3
CHOI, Hong Wang
 Year 3
CHOW, Tsz Kiu Aaron
 Year 4
DING, Hantian
 Year 4
FANG, Haoyang
 Year 3
HAN, Xinze
 Year 3
HOANG, Do Kien
 Year 3
LI, Han
 Year 4
LI, Xiuhan
 Year 3
LIANG, Geyu
 Year 3
LIN, Zizheng
 Year 3
OUYANG, Jing
 Year 3
SHI, Zhenmei
 Year 3
WAN, Ching Pui
 Year 3
WANG, Chuning
 Year 4
XIAO, Yidi
 Year 3
XU, Jiarui
 Year 3
XU, Xiaofeng
 Year 3
YAO, Mianjia
 Year 3
YIP, Chi Hoi
 Year 3
ZHOU, Sheng
 Year 3

Awardees in 2016
Chern Class Scholarship
CHEN, Minghui
 Year 2
CHEN, Weili
 Year 2
CUI, Ningshan
 Year 2
HAN, Xinze
 Year 2
HARB, Elfarouk Yasser Farouk Mohamed
 Year 2
HOANG, Do Kien
 Year 2
LI, Xiuhan
 Year 2
LIANG, Geyu
 Year 2
LIN, Zizheng
 Year 2
LIU, Cheng
 Year 2
OUYANG, Jing
 Year 2
SHI, Zhenmei
 Year 2
SO, Chi Wai Andy
 Year 2
TSAI, Yuanting
 Year 2
WAN, Ching Pui
 Year 2
WONG, Chun Wai
 Year 2
XIAO, Yidi
 Year 2
XU, Jiarui
 Year 2
XU, Xiaofeng
 Year 2
YAO, Mianjia
 Year 2
YIP, Chi Hoi
 Year 2
ZHAI, Qinwen
 Year 2
Chern Class Talent Scholarship
CHOW, Tsz Kiu Aaron
 Year 3
HE, Wuxian
 Year 4
QIU, Yuan
 Year 4
TAM, Kwok Chung
 Year 4
WANG, Chuning
 Year 3
ZHANG, Xiang
 Year 4
ZHANG, Yifeng
 Year 4
ZHOU, Yusheng
 Year 3
ZHU, Songhao
 Year 4





Awardees in 2017
Chern Class Achievement Scholarship
HE, Wuxian
TAM, Kwok Chung
ZHANG, Xiang
Chern Class Achievement Scholarship (Outstanding)
QIU, Yuan
ZHANG, Yifeng
ZHU, Songhao



