Bingyi Wang '18 Awarded Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 19, 2018—Bingyi Wang ’18, a senior at Williams College, has been selected as a recipient of the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship. The scholarship allows recipients to pursue graduate studies at Stanford University. Wang will be one of 100 scholars in the inaugural cohort.

A physics major from Xuzhou, China, Wang is planning to use the scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in physics at Stanford. While at Williams, she participated in the Kusika dance ensemble, the Chinese Music Ensemble, and the Women and Gender Minorities in Physics group.

“Williams has allowed me to see and imagine the infinite possibilities that can be created through the liberal arts lens and cross-disciplinary work,” Wang says. “Knight-Hennessy incubates a multi-disciplinary and human-centric space that encourages creativity and collaborations. In the long term, I aspire to be a conscientious physicist, using science and technology to improve human lives and promote social changes.”

“Not only will Bingyi benefit from everything the Knight-Hennessy program has to offer, as a member of the inaugural class she will also have a chance to shape the program,” says Katerina King, director of fellowships at Williams College. “Bingyi is an exceptional student. I don’t think there is anything she can’t do. She was great fun to work with in the application process and we are delighted that all her hard work paid off in this way.”

Knight-Hennessy Scholars develops a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation. Every year, up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world will receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, including the J.D., M.A., M.B.A., M.D., M.F.A., M.S., and PhD. programs, as well as all joint- and dual-degrees. Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world. To learn more about the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship program, visit


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.