Wong says he was utterly surprised to win the award and is grateful to his doctoral advisee Jonah Li for nominating him.
“Many years ago, when I was deciding whether to accept an offer from IU or another university, I engaged in a writing exercise in which I wrote about and imagined what a typical day at IU would look like,” Wong said. “From this experiential activity, I concluded that IU would likely be a place where I will have the opportunity to mentor outstanding graduate students. This has turned out to be true. Mentoring students has been one of my favorite and most meaningful activities at IU.”
As a mentor, Wong adopts two approaches – a holistic one and a strength-based one, discussing many aspects of his advisees’ lives while highlighting and helping them discover their strengths.