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ECE senior Sang Min Han honored as Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholar

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ECE student Sang Min Han will be among 35 outstanding graduating seniors to be honored by the Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholars Program on graduation weekend this May. Nominated by their department, recipients are then selected by the dean of each of the University’s seven undergraduate colleges. Only 1% of each year’s graduating class receives the award.

At Cornell, Sang Min has focused his interests in signal processing, communications, and applied mathematics, areas he plans to further pursue with a Ph.D.

Each scholar is given the opportunity to recognize the high school teacher who most inspired his or her scholastic development as well as the Cornell faculty member who most significantly contributed to his or her college experience. The scholars, along with their high school teachers and Cornell professors, are honored at a reception hosted by Cornell’s president during graduation weekend. The high school teachers are invited to campus as guests of the university, some traveling from as far away as Europe and Asia.

Since 1988, the Merrill Presidential Scholars Program has honored Cornell University’s most outstanding graduating seniors, while also recognizing the teachers who have played a significant role in ensuring their success. This unique program was created by the late Philip Merrill ’55 and is made possible through annual support from the Merrill Family Foundation. Cornell University is grateful to the Merrill family—Eleanor Merrill, Douglas Merrill ’89, MBA ’91, Catherine Merrill Williams ’91, and Nancy Merrill ’96—for their continued commitment to the Merrill Presidential Scholars program. For more information, visit

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