Zhidong Guo

2018 Harold R. Mortenson Endowed Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Zhidong Guo is a senior student at UCLA majoring in Business Economics and Mathematics. Also, he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Economics at the same time through the Departmental Scholar Program. Born in China, he’s a transfer student from East LA Community College. During his study at UCLA, he developed a passion for game theory, especially in adaptation. With his strong background in mathematics and physics, he wishes he can contribute to the field of game theory in a nontraditional way. Outside of school, he loves photography, astronomy, and geology. In particular, he’s an enthusiast in (deep-sky) astrophotography.

Future Plans: Zhidong Guo is seeking a career in researching about game theory. After graduation, he plans to apply for a Ph.D. on game theory. Specifically, he looks forward to understanding more about large-scale interacting systems.

What does this scholarship mean to me?: First of all, I want to thank the donors of Harold R. Mortenson Scholarship Fund and the Econ department. I am honored to be selected as the recipient and grateful for the support of my academic path. This scholarship reduced my financial stress and helped me to focus more on my study, especially as an international student. What’s more, it inspired me to be more confident with my research goals. The feeling of being trusted and qualified for a True Bruin deeply motivated me to work harder to approach my goals and gave me a strong desire to give back to the community. I hope one day I am able to inspire others just as how you inspired me. I can’t thank you enough for the memorable college experience that you brought me.