Assistant Professor Cenke Xu has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his research on "Quantum Critical Points around Topological Phases". This NSF program supports early career development activities for junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.The multi-year award will assist Professor Xu in building a "firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education".
In 2011, Xu was named Outstanding Young Researcher by the Overseas Chinese Physics Association. The Outstanding Young Researcher Award is given annually to a physicist of Chinese ethnicity working in North America, Europe, or other regions outside of Asia. It is intended to encourage and to recognize the young researcher's contributions in physics.