Congratulations to Juanhe Tan '13, who was recognized by President Tilghman at the Opening Exercises on Sunday, September 9, 2012 with the Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award.The Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award is given to the undergraduate who, at the end of their junior year, has achieved the highest academic standing for all preceding college work at the University. This year, the award was shared by Aman Sinha and Juanhe Tan.
Juanhe Tan lives in Singapore and is an A.B. candidate in mathematics, pursuing a certificate in East Asian studies. Last fall, he received the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence.
Tan's research interests span overlapping areas in mathematics and philosophy, such as logic and the philosophy of mathematics, as well as algebra, number theory, epistemology, and metaethics. He is also interested in East Asian film and language. He plans to focus his senior thesis on logic, the foundations of mathematics or algebraic number theory.
Tan studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan, taking a six-week summer course in advanced Japanese at Doshisha University. He also attended the three-week Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosphy at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and assisted with Princeton's International Orientation.
Tan serves on the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, as treasurer of the East Asian music group Vtone, and as a peer tutor and peer academic adviser in Mathey College. He has also been a member of the Sympoh Urban Arts Crew and artisitc director of the Princeton Chinese Theatre.
After graduation, Tan has committed to serve one and a half years in Singapore's military and six years in civil service, preferably in public policy. He hopes to continue to work as a civil servant after that period.