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Princeton Senior Ryan Chen Awarded Churchill Scholarship for Mathematics Study

January 10th, 2019

 

Princeton University senior Ryan Chen, a mathematics major who is planning to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics with the goal of entering academia, has been selected as one of this year’s Churchill Scholars.

Chen is one of 16 scholarship winners who will spend a year studying at the University of Cambridge while living at Churchill College, the only college at Cambridge focused on STEM subjects. He plans to complete Part III of the Mathematical Tripos, which confers a Master of Advanced Study in mathematics.

“In light of the vastness and diversity of mathematics involved in modern number theory, I am eager to strengthen my foundations and knowledge as much as possible,” Chen said.

“My experience with math thus far has impressed upon me the diversity of tools involved,” he said. “Connections between different techniques and subfields offer beautiful theorems and conjectures.”

The Churchill Scholarships, first awarded in 1963, were set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill as part of his vision for a scientific exchange between the United States and the United Kingdom. The scholarships are granted to “exceptional” students from the United States who wish to pursue graduate studies in the sciences, mathematics or engineering. 

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