Larry Han and Matt Leming named Gates Cambridge Scholars

Larry Han and Matthew Leming ‘15 have been awarded prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarships, which provide full support for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England.

This is the first time Carolina has had two people selected as Gates Cambridge Scholars in the same year. Carolina now has a total of five Gates Cambridge Scholars.

Larry, a fourth year student and Matt, a master’s student, are among 35 people selected from 826 applicants in the U.S. competition for the scholarship, which was established in 2000 and funded by a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It enables academically outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom with a strong interest in social leadership and responsibility to pursue graduate study at the storied university. Both Larry and Matt are Goldwater Scholars and members of Honors Carolina.

Larry, 21, from Raleigh, and the son of Bajin Han and Xiaomin Li, is a Morehead-Cain Scholar and plans to graduate this May with a major in biostatistics from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and minors in chemistry and mathematics from the College of Arts and Sciences. At Cambridge, Han intends to pivot toward understanding how healthcare services and intervention delivery can be modified to improve patient outcomes. He will pursue a master’s degree in philosophy in strategy, marketing and operations at The Judge Business School. Han will begin his studies at Cambridge in 2017 after a year at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Leming, 22, the son of Gary and Lisa Leming of New Orleans, LA, is a Carolina Covenant Scholar and plans to graduate this May with a master’s in computer science from the College of Arts and Sciences as part of a five-year computer science bachelor’s and master’s program. He earned his undergraduate degree and completed minors in mathematics and Russian language and literature, also from the College, last year. At Cambridge, Leming will pursue a doctorate in psychiatry in Churchill College, focusing his research on analyzing the circuitous connections in the brain with diffusion and functional MRIs, as a way to predict mental illness and neurological disorders in children.

Read more about Larry and Matt in UNC’s press release.

Learn more about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship here.