President visits scientists
President Hu Jintao visited two well-known scientists during a day used to mark scientific endeavour.
Hu heard their opinions and suggestions on the country's development of science and technology, and extended New Year's greetings to them and science workers throughout the country.
Also yesterday, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) granted awards to 50 researchers who wrote outstanding doctoral theses.
The country's top academy also issued the coveted CAS President's award to top postgraduate students.
CAS President Lu Yongxiang encouraged all postgraduate students to make more contributions to advance research in the country.
Twenty of the 119 students were awarded the top prize. The rest received a second prize.
Since 1989, when the CAS established the President's awards, 237 students have received the top prize, while 2,233 have earned the second prize.
More than 33,000 postgraduate students, 43 per cent of whom are applying for doctoral degrees, are now studying at CAS institutes at the Chinese University of Science and Technology, a prestigious school affiliated to the CAS.
Since 1978, the CAS has trained more than 60,000 graduates with master's or doctor's degrees.