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Alumni specializing in 3 full PhD scholarships to top US schools

Currently, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thanh (born in 1976) is an expert in the oil and gas field in simulating oil fields.

His research direction is to apply chemistry and thermal energy from the ground to calculate and simulate the fractures below, the application of the research will be widely applied to the thermal energy industry from the ground ” geothermal energy” in general and the oil industry in particular.

Receive 4 full scholarships for masters and doctors

Previously, Mr. Thanh studied at Le Hong Phong High School for the Gifted (HCMC) and then studied at Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, Faculty of Civil Engineering. In 1999, he graduated as valedictorian from the school.

From 1999-2005, Mr. Thanh worked for the Vietnam Oil and Gas Corporation, participating in oil and gas projects both at home and abroad.

By the end of 2005, Mr. Thanh applied and received a full scholarship for a Master’s degree in Petroleum at the University of Tulsa (USA). At this time, the Faculty of Petroleum of the school is ranked 3rd in the whole US.

Up to this point, after 17 years of living, working and studying in the US, Mr. Thanh has received a full scholarship and studied programs of 4 schools for different research programs and disciplines.

Those are master’s scholarships from the University of Tulsa (Faculty of Petroleum), PhD scholarships from Colorado University of Mines and Geology and University of Texas (Faculty of Petroleum).

Rice University’s PhD scholarship is the latest scholarship Mr. Thanh has won.

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Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thanh has 17 years of studying and working in the US

Rice University and Cornell University jointly ranked 17th in the US (according to USEWS 2022). The school only offers doctoral scholarships, each year only accepting about 15 scholarships, including for international students.

This 5-year financial support is worth about $420,000 USD, including tuition fees of $260,000 USD and the remaining $160,000 USD for accommodation, living expenses, books, insurance, vehicles…

Thus, on average, Mr. Thanh receives $84,000 per year.

Recipients of the “reward” must meet academic achievement and research quality requirements each year to maintain funding.

According to Mr. Thanh, in order to get a scholarship from Rice University, “the first thing is that you have to be different from all other applicants”.

“I have a perfect GPA at the University of Texas Austin (GPA 4.0), but that’s not all because many other applicants have very good academic records, especially Chinese and Indian students. , Iran. Therefore, what I need to do is to prove that I am the most suitable candidate to carry out the professor’s research project here.

Fortunately, this is the area of ​​expertise in which I have worked in the US for the past 12 years.”

Receiving a “expensive” scholarship at the age of 46, Mr. Thanh said: “I don’t think I’ll ever be accepted into Rice, but nobody taxed my dreams, so I just kept dreaming.

I also do not think fast or slow, but simply that it comes at the right time to fulfill my desires and ambitions.”

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Mr. Thanh during his time working in Vietnam

The secret of the “career” of going to school

Talking about his persistent pursuit of “academic career”, Mr. Thanh shared, “I have a happy opinion that learning is also a profession, because this profession is paid when I research a certain scientific topic. some. This “job” also requires an additional skill, which is scholarship hunting skills, just like hunting.

But “hunting” is not always successful. Mr. Thanh said he had been accepted to study for a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania (Faculty of Petroleum Geology) but did not have a scholarship. Therefore, he only studied for one semester and then transferred to Colorado University of Mines after “hunting” for a full scholarship here.

According to Mr. Thanh, the most difficult thing in the process of studying in the US is the time and how to use it effectively.

“Actually, hunting for an American university scholarship is not as difficult as I thought, but it takes perseverance and preparation.”

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Anh Thanh and colleagues

With the scholarships he has received at different schools, Mr. Thanh said that approaching professors is the most effective way.

“The first thing I have to do is go to the website of the school or faculty I want to apply for, then research carefully the topics that the professors are researching, see which professor has a topic that is suitable for my forte. most myself. Then, you should write to the professors with a summary of your personal profile and articles related to the topic, if any, to express your desire to apply and work with their team. If the professor replies, they are interested in your application, and your chances will be higher. If professors really like you, they can interview you privately to discuss research direction.

Because in fact, in addition to looking for good students, they really need to find students with the right background or experience to carry out the topic, so do not hesitate to contact.

Not necessarily just one person, but sometimes, professors can also refer you to other professors in the department if your profile matches.

When they are interested, they will suggest, help and guide you to pass the school’s admissions round. At this point, you have been noticed and this is considered an advantage, and your application does not have to be really good with a perfect score like other students to compete.”

Another thing that is quite interesting, if fortunately the professor is Vietnamese, I will have a little advantage, because like Chinese or Indian professors, they also prioritize accepting students from their own countries.

If you apply in the normal way, you have to compete with thousands of other applications, the chances will be much lower.”

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Mr. Thanh teaches students at Colorado School of Mines. Every year, Mr. Thanh spends time teaching at universities.

According to Mr. Thanh, Vietnamese young people today are very good, accessing new knowledge very quickly, Vietnamese people are also very hardworking and industrious in nature.

“So, if you have ambitions or dreams, persevere and don’t give up. If you fail, then try again, once or twice, but if it doesn’t work, then the third and fourth time will definitely succeed.”

Thanh also shared that his current job is bringing him a very good income. “But I still like to learn new things, because knowledge is endless, I love to research and am passionate about discovering them to later pass on knowledge and teach young people.”

Therefore, there is an intention that Mr. Thanh cherishes: “One day not far, I will return to Vietnam to dedicate what I have learned, researched and accumulated during the years working here. “.

Phuong Chi – Doan Hung

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