Henry Fleischmann awarded prestigious Churchill Scholarship
Computer science and mathematics undergraduate Henry Fleischmann has been selected as a 2023-2024 Churchill Scholar. He is U-M’s most recent recipient of the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, which funds a year of graduate study in mathematics, biological and physical sciences, and engineering at the University of Cambridge.
Established in 1959, the Winston Churchill Foundation was founded by American friends of Churchill, who wanted to fulfill his wish of always having gifted young American graduate students at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure our future prosperity and security. The Churchill Scholarship started in 1963 with three awards and has since grown to 15 awards. It provides funding to American students for a year of Master’s study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. The Churchill Scholarship has been called the most academically challenging of the UK scholarships.
Fleischmann is a senior studying in Mathematics and Computer Science and plans to pursue an MASt in Mathematics while at Cambridge. He is particularly interested in combinatorics, algorithms, and complexity theory. 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.”
In addition to his work in the classroom, Fleischmann is 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 and has been named a 2020 Goldwater Scholar, a 2022 Marshall Scholarship alternate, and a 2022 Rhodes finalist.