Class of 2019
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Major: Computer Science and Chinese
Kyle Asher started studying Chinese Language his first year at Chapel Hill. Quickly falling in love with the language, he continued to pursue Chinese and computer science majors. His research in computer science involves using embedded systems to intelligently aid visually-impaired individuals’ ability to navigate spaces with many obstacles. Kyle already spends a lot of time independently studying electronics and computer science related vocabulary, and hopes that through the Weir program he will be able to build his technical conversational skills to a professional level in both English and Chinese. Kyle hopes that one day he will be able to start a tech-related business with close collaboration between American and Chinese engineers.
Class of 2020
Hometown: Goldsboro, NC
Major: Chinese and Pre-Health Policy and Management
Jolie Lau hopes to work in East Asia one day to ameliorate health disparities, especially those between rural and urban populations. Through the Weir fellowship, Jolie aims to attain a level of fluency in Mandarin that parallels that of her Cantonese. Her interest in studying Chinese not only stems from professional development, but a desire to more deeply understand her own culture, language, and identity.
Class of 2019
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Major: Environmental Sciences and Chinese, with a minor in Geography
Spence Jorgensen is passionate about renewable energy, urban planning, and transportation. In the spring of 2017, Spence had the opportunity to conduct research on sustainable construction while on a semester abroad in Southeast Asia. During his time in China, he hopes to continue learning about sustainable development in light of China’s rapid urbanization. Spence is looking forward to developing professional proficiency in Chinese and implementing his language skills in an internship involving environmental conservation.