Sping Lin came to the University of Minnesota in 1947 from Guangzhou China on a U. S. fellowship for postgraduate training. His wife Ying-ngoh Lin came a year later. After receiving his Ph. D. degree and working as a Research Fellow in the Department of Entomology for two years, he resigned from his post, preparing to go back to the new People's Republic of China. However, the Lins were not able to do so because of the involvement of China in the Korean War. Dr. Lin was fortunate to find a position in the then Division of Neurology of the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he remained as a member of its faculty until his retirement. The Lins have two children: James Tse-ming Lin, an oncologist, and Judy Tse-ming Lin, an ophthalmologist.
In deep gratitude for the opportunities the University of Minnesota and this country gave them, the Lins established a fund to encourage and support graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. degree in basic neuroscience in this Medical School. The Awards and Recognition Committee of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience administers the application and awards processes. The Minnesota Medical Foundation administers the fellowship endowment
The Sping and Ying Ngoh Lin Award is intended to acknowledge exceptional scholarly activity of its students. Awards will be made upon submission of appropriate documentation to the chair of the Awards Committee.
Full Length Paper
A GPN student who is the first author of a full length paper that is accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal before the beginning of her/his fourth year (defined as September 1) will receive $500. The funds can be used by the recipient for any item of equipment, training or travel that will improve the recipient's graduate career. Documentation will be a copy of acceptance of the manuscript for publication by the journal. Students will receive the same amount for each qualifying paper. Shorter papers appearing in a high impact journal, as judged by the Awards Committee, may also qualify for this award.
A GPN graduate students who exhibit research independence and excellence by successfully obtaining their own external grant or external fellowship will receive $1000. The funds can be used by the recipient for any item of equipment, training or travel that will improve the recipient's graduate career. The award will be made upon submission of a copy of the Notice of Grant Award to the chair of the Awards Committee.