Past Weir Fellows

2018 Fellows

Kyle Asher

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.

Jolie Lau

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.

Spence Jorgensen

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.

2017 Fellows

Brooke Fisher

Class of 2019 p_circle_weir_fisher
Hometown: Weaverville, NC
Major: Journalism and Global Studies with a minor in Chinese

Brooke Fisher is excited to be studying in China for seven months and to return to the place of her birth. She is interested in learning about the media outlets in China and how they have changed over the years. Brooke hopes to learn through a journalism internship how China’s rich culture blends with today’s technology. She also looks forward to expanding her knowledge of the Chinese language, history and culture.

Lee Mookp_circle_weir_mook

Class of 2019
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Major: Business and Chinese

Lee Mook is passionate about sustainable energy, education and foreign languages. As one of UNC’s Campus Y Global Gap Year Fellows, Mook had the opportunity to work and study abroad in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and China. His experience working abroad convinced him that he wanted to pursue a career in international development. His dream is to work among Chinese, American and Latin American businesses to promote international sustainable energy development. During his time in China, he hopes to gain a professional proficiency in Chinese, and looks forward to exploring the inner mechanisms of Chinese business culture and Chinese energy policy.

Quade Robinsonp_circle_weir_robinson

Class of 2018
Hometown: Midland, NC
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies and Asian Studies with a minor in Comparative Literature

Quade Robinson’s academic career shows his commitment to studying the language and culture of both China and Japan. He received the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship to study Japanese abroad in 2015, and declared an interdisciplinary studies major on the topic of Modernist movements in Chinese and Japanese film and literature. With the Weir Fellowship’s support, Robinson hopes to flesh out his Mandarin knowledge and utilize his language skills with an internship involving translation or interpretation.