Mathematics and Computer Science senior Henry Fleischmann has been selected as a Churchill Scholar for the 2023-24 academic year! Henry is also a 2020 Goldwater Scholar, 2022 Marshall Scholarship alternate, and 2022 Rhodes finalist.
This opportunity is open to US citizens. Each year, 16 Churchill Scholars are chosen to complete one fully-funded year of graduate research and study in a STEM field at the University of Cambridge. Additionally, there are two Kanders Churchill Scholarships available each year for research in science policy. Henry is the University of Michigan's 17th Churchill Scholar since the program was established in 1963.
Henry has been involved in a wide variety of notable activities and research during his time at U-M. He was a participant in the DIMACS NSF-REU program, SMALL NSF-REU program, and REU in Extremal Graph Theory and Dynamical Systems at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was also a Policy Analyst for the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy where he worked on shaping redistricting reform. He has four accepted research papers and has several others in various stages of submission.
Henry applied to the Churchill Scholarship for the unique opportunities it provides, including the opportunity to engage with a culture across the ocean while bonding with cohorts of similarly driven peers. At Cambridge, he plans to pursue a MASt in Mathematics with a focus on combinatorics, algorithms, and complexity theory before going on to complete a PhD.
As a math and computer science major looking to study theoretical computer science for a career, Henry recognizes the value in strengthening his mathematical background at the University of Cambridge, noting, "the Part III of the Math Tripos is fabled across the world for both the depth and breadth of its content."
When asked about his award, Henry stated, "I am thrilled to be a Churchill Scholar. My receipt of this award would not be possible without the help of the countless amazing people in my life."
Those he wants to thank include his family and friends for supporting and encouraging his forays into proof-based math and mathematical research, his professors Stephen DeBacker, Sarah Koch, Greg Bodwin, Jon X. Eguia, and Michael Zieve for guiding his development as a student, his NSF-REU mentors Brendan Rooney, Steven J. Miller, and Karthik C.S., and Henry Dyson at ONSF for his invaluable assistance in the UK scholarship application process.