Discover CYAF: Meet doctoral student Keting Chen


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Discover CYAF: Meet doctoral student Keting Chen

03 Aug 2018    By Katie Ballue

Welcome to Discover CYAF, a series that spotlights some of the talented and passionate people who come through the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

What is your name?

My name is Keting Chen.

Where are you from?

I was born in Xiangshan, a county by the east coast of China. I have studied and lived in Shanghai for ten years before I came here.


Where did you get your undergrad?

I got my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

What brought you to this department and this university?

I visited CYAF/UNL several years ago while I was a master student in ECNU (East China Normal University). The academic and warm atmosphere within the department, and professional faculties and graduate program brought me to this department and this university. I like to study and live here, as simple as I wish to pursue my higher degree.

What have you enjoyed most so far during your time in this program?

I enjoyed taking the required classes which makes me feel equipped for research. I also liked that colleagues and faculties are always supportive, and so that doctoral student’s life can be enjoyable.

What do you do for fun?

I like to solve challenging problems. Although that does not always guarantee success, it makes me feel I’m learning something cool and I’m excited about that. I also like to do cooking and go travelling.


What do you plan on doing when you finish this program?

I plan on doing post-doc work to gain more research experience, but finding a faculty position is also on my to-do list.

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

Being a scholar in the field of Child Development/Early Childhood Education is my lifelong pursuit. Maybe I would like to be a traveler and gastronome, too!
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