WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williams College junior Jared Hallett has been named a 2013 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Hallett is one of 271 nationwide recipients of the scholarship, which is awarded to college sophomores and juniors who excel in mathematics, science, or engineering.
Hallett, from Sterling, Va., is a mathematics and Chinese major who plans to pursue a Ph. D. in mathematics, conducting research primarily in number theory. Next year, he plans to complete a thesis in mathematics.
"I’m honored and humbled to be recognized by such a prestigious award," Hallett said.
In the summer of 2012, Hallett worked at the University of Michigan under the direction of Michael Zieve, where he led a team of seven students in solving a major open problem. In the summer of 2011, Hallett participated in the SMALL undergraduate math research program at Williams in the ergodic theory group. He worked under the direction of math professor Cesar Silva.
At Williams, Hallett has been a member of the award-winning Williams College Putnam Team, a Chinese and mathematics teaching assistant, and tutor in math, physics, and Chinese.
Hallett’s awards include the Erastus C. Benedict, Class of 1821, First Prize in Mathematics; Witte Problem Solving Prize; Joint Mathematics Meetings 2012 Outstanding Presentation Award; Robert G.
"The Goldwater has become brutally competitive, and it’s especially tough for mathematicians to win," said Katerina King, director of fellowships at Williams. "But I’m not surprised that Jared won it; his work in mathematics is superb, and from what his teachers tell me, elegant, and even beautiful! Jared is, in addition, a stellar linguist, not to mention a lovely person."
Hallet is the 39th Goldwater Scholar from Williams since 1989. Recent scholars include Jack Berry ‘12 and Antal Spector-Zabusky ‘12. The Goldwater Foundation was founded in 1986 in honor of Senator Barry M. Goldwater. The scholarship program is designed to foster and encourage exceptional students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.
Goldwater Scholarships cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 per year.