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Release: March 19, 2001

UI holds fifth annual high school math competition March 24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will hold the fifth annual UI Mathematics Competition for about 100 to 150 eastern Iowa high school students on Saturday, March 24, in Van Allen Hall, with most of the events scheduled for Lecture Room l.

Following an 8 a.m. registration and welcome, formal competition will begin at 9 a.m. and will consist of four types of mathematics events, including individual tests, team tests, a second individual test, and, finally, a "math relay race" to be held for about 30 minutes beginning at 11:50 a.m. In the relay, teams of students will compete as though running a relay race, with team members each completing one portion of a problem before handing it off to a teammate who will try to complete the next "leg" of the race. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate high school students' interest in mathematics, according to UI Mathematics Associate Professor Walter Seaman.

The competition is sponsored by the UI departments of computer science, mathematics, curriculum and instruction, and statistics and actuarial science, and by the student organization Students Undertaking Mathematical Sciences (SUMS). The College of Engineering and the Office of the Provost provide supplementary support. Dean Gary Fethke and Professor Carol Fethke, both from the College of Business, and Mrs. Katherine Wegner, a 1939 alumna, personally have helped to underwrite the event over the years. Computer personnel from the College of Liberal Arts help with the scoring and tallying the events.

Winners of the UI Mathematics Competition will be invited to participate in the third annual statewide mathematics competition to be hosted April 21 by the Iowa Math League. According to UI Mathematics Professor Paul Muhly, the success of the annual competition is partly responsible for the creation of the Iowa Math League, an organization of Iowa high schools, and the statewide math competition.

UI Mathematics Competition planners include Oguz Durumeric, Yi Li, Paul Muhly, Walter Seaman and Sandra Stockman, mathematics department administrative assistant.