Mathematics major Ryan Chen named Goldwater Scholar

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By Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Princeton junior Ryan Chen has been awarded a one-year Goldwater Scholarship, an annual award for outstanding undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. 

Chen, a mathematics major from Lawrenceville, Georgia, is planning to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics with the goal of entering academia. “I am currently interested in studying number theory, and have been pursuing this interest in my junior independent work and summer research,” Chen said.

One- and two-year Goldwater Scholarships cover tuition, fees, room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Chen is one of 211 scholarship winners selected from a field of 1,280 students nationwide. 

The scholarship program honoring Sen. Barry Goldwater was created as part of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, a federally endowed agency instituted by an act of Congress in 1986.