U of M Alum Receives Prestigious Luce Scholarship
Martin Chorzempa, a summa cum laude in finance and international business from the Carlson School of Management, is one of 18 scholars nationwide to receive a Luce Scholarship for a twelve month professional internship in Asia. He will spend the first six months working at the China Center for Economic Research of Beijing University, a think tank that works on China’s economic development. The last six months will be spent at the China Finance 40 forum, which specializes in financial policy.
The Luce Scholars Program is highly competitive and recognizes strong leadership. As an undergraduate, Chorzempa took on leadership roles in community organizations, student government, and as the head of the fraternity system. He also gained work experience in the private sector, interning as a financial consultant to evaluate the effects of financial regulation on banks and value subprime mortgage securities. He spent the spring of 2010 doing masters coursework in business and international affairs at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris, France, where he wrote his thesis on a 14th century financial crisis in Florence. After graduation, Chorzempa went to Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship to study the role of public banks in the financial crisis. He then worked for the Association of German Banks in Berlin, where he focused on European banking regulation and small business finance.