Every year since 1978, the math department at CofC has run a contest for high school students. This year’s Math Meet, held on February 22, 2014, brought over 600 students from three states and more than 50 schools to campus for a day of fun, creative and challenging competitions. Teacher’s tell us that their students love our competition so much, looking forward to it all year motivates them to work harder in their math classes. As an added bonus, visiting our beautiful campus may help to convince them to apply to the College when they graduate.
The American Mathematical Society’s game show “Who Wants to be a Mathematician” joined us this year, offering large cash prizes and even more excitement than usual. David Stoner (South Aiken High School) and Andy Xu (Columbia Math Circle) were the finalists, winning $3000 and $500 respectively. (See photo at left.)
The Math Meet is run by the faculty of the math department with assistance from a handful of dedicated student volunteers. Additionally, the Chemistry and Physics departments run their own events as part of the Math Meet.
For more information about the Math Meet (including photos and a list of winners), visit http://mathmeet.cofc.edu.