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Once Lu Zhou got in the car, Wang Peng drove him to Xianlin University City.
When they drove past the school gate, Lu Zhou suddenly noticed a banner on the school gate.
[Congratulations to honorary professor Lu Zhou for winning the first-level State Natural Science Award!]
Lu Zhou looked at the white text on the red banner and felt nostalgic.
Speaking of which, how many times had his name been on a banner?
He remembered that the first time was because of the Higher Education Society Cup where he competed in the mathematical modeling competition.
Wang Peng also noticed the banner and said, This is your school, right?
Lu Zhou said, Yeah.
Wang Peng saw Lu Zhous nostalgic expression and asked, Professor Lu, do you plan on returning to Jinling?
Thats right, Lu Zhou said. He then continued, Education resources in Suzhou are pretty good, plus I have a soft spot for this place. With my experience at Princeton, I plan on building an Institute for Advanced Study at this place. I want it to be the best institute in Asia.
Lu Zhou was obviously bragging.
He wasnt sure if he could do it.
However, Lu Zhou didnt expect Wang Peng to believe him.
Anyone else saying this would have been considered to be bullsh*tting.
But this was Lu Zhou
Wang Peng couldnt help but believe it!
After a while, Wang Peng finally spoke.
Professor Lu is an ambitious person, I admire you!
Haha, Lu Zhou smiled and said, dont take it seriously, I was just saying.
Academia was one thing, education was another.
Old Qiu tried for many years to recreate a Harvard-like mathematics department at Shuimu University, while Lu Zhous Institute of Computational Materials was still in its early stages. It would take a while for him to see the results.
Wang Peng didnt say anything, but he quietly memorized Lu Zhous words. He planned on reporting back to the higher-ups.
If Lu Zhou could stay in China
It undoubtedly would be a good thing for the country.
The car stopped at the laboratory building, and Lu Zhou got off. He looked back at Wang Peng.
I might stay here for a few hours, why dont you go hang around for a bit?
Wang Peng said, Hang around?
Lu Zhou said, I mean, find a way to kill some time.
Wang Peng smiled. No need, I can just wait in the car.
Seeing that Wang Peng was willing to wait in the car, Lu Zhou didnt say anything else.
Lu Zhou took out a box of tea from the car trunk and walked toward the laboratory building.
Now that the exams were over, the students on campus had gone home. The entire laboratory building was deserted, and it seemed like no one was there.
Lu Zhou walked up to the familiar office and knocked.
A voice came from inside the office.
Lu Zhou pushed the door and walked in.
When Tang Zhiwei saw Lu Zhou, a smile appeared on his face.
Didnt I tell you last time, that if you want to see me, just come. To bring gifts is too tacky.
Id rather feel tacky than come empty-handed, Lu Zhou said with a smile. He then placed the tea on the table before he said, Cigarettes and alcohol are unhealthy. I couldnt think of anything else to bring, so I brought some tea.
Old Tang shook his head and looked at his graduate student.
Xiao Wang, go boil some water and make some tea.
Xiao Wang, who was sitting at the other side of the office, stood up and walked toward the office cabinet.
The water in the electric kettle started to boil.
Xiao Wang then placed the tea set and electric kettle on the coffee table.
Lu Zhou looked at Xiao Wang and couldnt help but say, Brother Wang, you still havent graduated?
Xiao wang was embarrassed as he smiled and spoke.
Im graduating this year Ive already received an offer from Shuimu, and I plan on going there in May.
Lu Zhou smiled and said, Congratulations.
Xiao Wang was happy when Lu Zhou congratulated him. However, he couldnt help but feel a little depressed.
Xiao Wang stared at the steam coming out of the kettle and sighed before he said, Ah, not as good as you. When I was studying my masters, you were an undergrad. Now that Im about to finish my masters, youre already a professor at Princeton.
Lu Zhou didnt know how he should comfort Xiao Wang.
Receiving an offer from Shuimu University was already extremely impressive.
At least, it was better than 99% of people.
Lu Zhou didnt understand why Xiao Wang seemed down.
The teacups were filled, and the office was soon filled with the fragrance of the tea.
Old Tang took a sip and said, This is nice tea, where did you get it?
Lu Zhou smiled and said, I got it from the hotel at the conference. I dont think its branded.
The story of this tea was interesting.
Lu Zhou thought that the tea in the hotel tasted nice, so he asked the manager of the hotel about the tea.
However, the manager didnt tell him where the tea came from. Instead, he immediately sent a few boxes of tea to Lu Zhous room. Lu Zhou originally wanted to buy the tea, but the manager wouldnt accept his money. The manager only said the tea was unlicensed and couldnt be bought with money.
Therefore, Lu Zhou accepted the tea without paying for it.
There was no way Lu Zhou could finish all of the tea. Therefore, he decided to bring it back to Jinling and give it to others.
Especially his dad.
Lu Zhou remembered that his father told him that his biggest joy in life was drinking tea while fishing.
Old Tang shook his head and said, Then I wont ask about it. Even if you told me, I wouldnt know anything about the tea.
Lu Zhou smiled and said, If you like it, I can bring more to you next time.
Old Tang stared at Lu Zhou for a while before he suddenly said, Before this, I knew that your future will be extraordinary, but I didnt expect your ability to exceed my expectations. Back then, I could still talk about mathematics with you, but now, it seems that you are my teacher.
No way, Lu Zhou shook his head and said, Im still using the applied mathematics knowledge that you taught me.
Old Tang didnt only teach Lu Zhou mathematics; he taught him more than that.
Before Lu Zhou went to the Princeton conference, he was a no-name in the academic world. What made him famous among the academic community was the Princeton report.
And Professor Tang Zhiwei was the one that told him to attend the report.
Good professors were rare in this world.
Lu Zhou was grateful to have met Old Tang.
No matter where he was in life, Lu Zhou would never forget the people that have helped him.
Okay, stop embarrassing me Old Tang waved his hand and said, Im well aware of my strength and level.
Old Tang paused for a second before he continued, Youre not a little kid anymore, youre a national level genius. I cant teach you anything academically related anymore. However, I can teach you something a little outside of it But I dont know if you want to listen.
Lu Zhou put on a serious face and said, Professor, please go ahead.
Old Tang didnt look at Lu Zhou. Instead, he looked at Xiao Wang.
He then said slowly, The first level Natural Science Prize is the highest state-recognized honor. With that red certificate, you can do what most scientific researchers dream of.
No one else has more say than you in your field. No one will constrain you as long as you dont break the rules. But you also have to remember, honor is a double-edged sword. Be careful when using it.
If you want to climb to a higher academic level, you have to have a balance in your heart. Know what is worthwhile and what is not.
Xiao Wang was being stared at by Old Tang, and he couldnt help but complain in his mind.
I would never have to worry about these things.
Dont even think about the state award, I cant even get a provincial award
However, Lu Zhou, who was sitting across from him, had a thoughtful expression.
He had been pondering about this over the past few days.
Dont be so serious, Professor Tang said. He then picked up the vacuum flask and took a sip of tea before he said, Oh yeah, I have to ask you something else.
Lu Zhou looked up and said, What?
Hows that Luo Wenxuan kid doing? Has he graduated yet?
Luo Wenxuan heard Luo Wenxuans name and couldnt help but smile.
That guy finally finished his graduation thesis. Hell probably receive a PhD from Professor Witten in a few months.
Oh really? Thats good! Professor Tang was happy to hear his students doing well. He smiled as he said, Im happy to hear that!