Phillips Ambassador Larry Han Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Phillips Ambassador Larry Han, a junior from Raleigh, has been awarded a 2015 Goldwater Scholarship as announced by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The prestigious award provides up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering and computer disciplines.

Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit. In 2015, 260 recipients were chosen from a field of 1,206 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

Han, who was valedictorian of his senior class at Leesville Road High School, is a Morehead-Cain Scholar double majoring in biostatistics and mathematics with a minor in chemistry. He studied abroad during the spring of 2014 as a Phillips Ambassador at the National University of Singapore and is currently in the Honors Carolina program with multiple publications and presentations to his credit. Additionally, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this spring.

“Larry has exceptional ability, selflessness, and focus, which he will apply to problems in public health,” said Jason Reed, associate professor of biology and chair of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Goldwater selection committee, “He has used statistical models to explore factors that influence HIV transmission in China, and malaria transmission in the Congo.”

Han has researched public health issues with the International Diagnostics Center at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Spatial Health Research Group, and the UNC Project-China Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. He serves as a teaching assistant and coordinating committee member for the Foreign Policy Association at UNC-Chapel Hill and is co-founder of the Corpore Sano Undergraduate Medical Journal. Han also works as a development coordinator for Social Entrepreneurship for Sexual Health Global, developing fundraising protocol and disbursement of funds to promote HIV testing in China and Hong Kong.

UNC-Chapel Hill has produced a total 44 Goldwater Scholars, including 30 since Fall 2000.

Published April 15, 2015