Hoi I (Queenie) Cheong
Hoi I Cheong is a PhD candidate in Molecular Medicine. She has also recently been elected President of the Graduate Student Senate at CWRU.(Congratulations!) She is currently entering her 4th year as a PhD candidate, and is aiming to graduate in 2015.
What made you want to study at a US university and CWRU in particular?
I enjoy experiencing different cultures. The US provides a different education model to students, allowing us to develop creativity and skills that are outside of the classroom. I was exploring different research programs when I was working full-time in drug discovery and development in ChemoCentryx, Inc. in Mountain View, California. I found that CWRU has this unique collaborative program with the Cleveland Clinic that focuses on translational research, sponsored by HHMI. I believed that translational research forms an indispensable bridge connecting discovery with bedside. Upon acceptance to this program, I gladly resigned and came to Cleveland.
What do you miss most about your home country?
Macau was a Portuguese colony, which features a blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures, such as architectures and cuisines. And because Macau is a very small peninsula , it is densely populated and full of energy. I miss that. And of course, I miss my parents who are still living in Macau.
How has your global perspective changed now that you have studied in the US?
I believe that communication is one of the most important skills that one could continue to learn and improve. From explaining science to effectively leading an organization. From being cultural competent to understanding each other's feeling. CWRU has been a wonderful place for me to gain this perspective as it is a diverse university that has offered so much for students to grow academically and professionally.
Name one thing about studying in the states that you were surprised was actually true?
It was surprising to me how interactive students are with their professors.
What is a fun place you have visited in the Cleveland area?
I love the Blossom Festival hosted in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
What would you like to do after you have completed your educational
experience at CWRU?
I am interested in management consulting to gain business perspectives in addition to my research experience.
What advice would you give to students arriving to study at CWRU?
Be open-minded. Be inquisitive. Be courageous to challenge yourself.