Prize Recipient

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Jacob J. Ethier
Nikhef, Vrije Universiteit


"For achievements in developing a new approach to global analyses of parton distribution functions with modern statistical methods."


Jacob J. Ethier attended Stetson University from 2009-2013, graduating with a B.S. in physics and minor in mathematics. In 2012, he participated in a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program at Jefferson Lab. He then pursued graduate studies under the guidance of Wally Melnitchouk at the College of William & Mary and Jefferson Lab, completing his Ph.D. degree in 2018. From his Ph.D. research, Jacob received the College of William & Mary’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Natural & Computational Sciences among other rewards. He now holds a postdoctoral position at Vrije Universiteit and Nikhef, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics, in Amsterdam. His research involves using rigorous Monte Carlo and machine learning techniques to extract reliable information about the nonperturbative structure of hadrons and nuclei.

Selection Committee:

2019 Selection Committee Members: Tanja Horn (Chair), Michael Birse, Jozef Dudek, Anne Sickles, Karl Slifer