Congratulations to Ethan Lake!
The College of Science Research Scholar Award is given annually to one graduating
student the graduating class who demonstrates a record of exceptional success in research
and education. From the Class of 2017, we have selected Ethan Lake, a highly-accomplished
student who is graduating with bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Mathematics this
During his time at the U, Ethan worked with Utah professors Zheng Zheng, Dima Pesin, Oleg Starykh, and Yong-Shi Wu, as well as with several groups at other institutions, on topics in theoretical physics ranging from computational astrophysics to topological field theory, publishing nine papers as a result of these collaborations—a remarkable accomplishment for an undergraduate.
Ethan’s current research interests include high-energy theory, condensed matter physics, and quantum information theory. Ethan was recently named the 2017 Hertz Fellow, a prestigious award that supports exceptionally creative and intelligent college seniors in their doctoral-level education. Ethan will put this fellowship to use when he begins his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at MIT this Fall.
When not doing physics, he enjoys climbing and skiing in the Wasatch mountains.