Physics graduate students Chenglin Cao and Wangzhi Zheng received the 2011 outstanding graduate student award from the Ministry of Education of China. This award is dedicated to Chinese graduate students studying abroad. There are a total of 495 students that received this award in 2011. They are from 29 countries with research areas in more than 60 different disciplines. This year three Duke Chinese students received this award and two of them are from the Physics department. Chenglin Cao is a graduate student in Prof. John Thomas‘ group and Wangzhi Zheng is from Prof. Haiyan Gao‘s group. Both Chenglin and Wangzhi are receiving their Ph.D. degrees in May, 2012.