Larry Han, a senior biostatistics major from Raleigh, and Max Seunik, a 2015 Carolina graduate of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, were named to the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars. It is an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and founded by Blackstone Co-Founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman.
Larry, a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, hopes to use statistics to help people improve their health outcomes and has already made notable contributions in the treatment of HIV infection and malaria in China and Africa. He plans to pursue the public policy track in the Schwarzman Scholars program and aspires to a career where he can leverage research institutions and industries in the U.S. and China to drive innovative solutions to global problems.
Max currently leads a research team for Innovations for Poverty Action and researchers from the University of Pennsylvania to improve government outcomes by better understanding barriers to local public service delivery. He intends to pursue the public policy track in the Schwarzman Scholars program and aspires to more effectively bring together distinct policy actors to build concerted action on poverty alleviation for the most vulnerable.
The Schwarzman Scholars program is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century by giving students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Scholars live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, surrounded by an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society.