Williams College Senior Awarded Prestigious Churchill Scholarship

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Williams_Jarod_Hallett_webWILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 24, 2014—Williams College senior Jared Hallett has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship for study at the University of Cambridge for the 2014-15 academic year. Hallett was among 14 students selected for this honor this year.

Hallett, who is from Sterling, Va., plans to pursue a Master of Advanced Study in pure mathematics at Cambridge, focusing on deepening his understanding of analysis. Afterward, he hopes to pursue a Ph.D. either in the United Kingdom or back in the United States.

“I’m honored and greatly humbled to join such a remarkable group of scholars,” Hallett said.

At Williams, Hallett is majoring in mathematics and Chinese. He is a TA for mathematics and Chinese courses, plays Ultimate Frisbee, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During his summers, Hallett has participated in the SMALL Undergraduate Research Project at Williams, studied at the University of Michigan as part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, and pursued intensive Cantonese study in Hong Kong.

Hallett has won many awards for both his mathematics and Chinese studies, including the Goldwater Scholarship in 2013, the Witte Problem Solving Prize in 2013 and 2012, the Class of 1956 Scholarship in 2013, the Wilmers Language Fellowship in 2013, and the Wilmers Travel Fellowship in 2012. He has also conducted independent studies and presented his work at multiple mathematics conferences.

Hallett is the second student from Williams to be named a Churchill Scholar, following Emily Balskus ’02.

The Churchill Foundation was founded in 1959, and the first Churchill Scholarships were awarded in 1963. Including this year’s group, there have been 479 Churchill Scholars. The scholarship pays all university fees, a living allowance, an airfare allowance, visa costs, and a travel award for its scholars.

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