Current Weir Fellows

Judy Cheng

Class of 2020
Hometown: Durham, NC
Major: Chemistry and Chinese

Coming from a background where many family members originated from rural China, Judy hopes to one day teach at underserved schools and help the left-behind children. Through the Weir Fellowship, she wishes to attain a level of fluency in Mandarin that will allow her to work professionally in the field of electrochemistry in China while translating on the side. In her free time, Judy enjoys learning about Chinese culture and wishes to learn more about her heritage and identity.

Mattias Miller

Class of 2021
Hometown: Statesville, NC
Major: Media and Journalism

After participating in an exchange program at multiple Chinese schools his junior year of high school, Mattias became captivated with how language shapes thought and began pursuing Chinese his first year at UNC. Through the Weir fellowship, Mattias hopes to obtain a fluency in Chinese that allows him to understand people from the perspective that they understand themselves.

Owen Warmuth

Class of 2021
Hometown: Boone, NC
Major: Chemistry and Chinese

Owen started studying Chinese upon arriving at UNC, and quickly realized the beauty and intrinsic artistry of the written language. What started as a hobby developed into a passionate pursuit of understanding and communicating the Chinese language. As a chemistry major, Owen sees the importance of efficient communication in the scientific community and its effect on the development of biotechnological advances. The Weir Fellowship will allow Owen to develop his skills in Chinese so that he may one day use them to help bridge the communication gap between the scientific communities of China and the United States: two countries that will be powerful promoters of change when working together.