CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 3840009; fax (319) 3840024
email: garygalluzzo@uiowa.edu
Release: March 3, 1999
UI holds third annual high school math competition March 6
IOWA CITY, Iowa  The University of Iowa will hold the third annual
UI Mathematics Competition for about 220 Eastern Iowa high school students
Saturday, March 6 in Van Allen Hall with most events scheduled for Lecture
Room 1.
The competition  sponsored by the UI departments of computer science,
mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics and actuarial science,
as well as Students Undertaking Mathematical Sciences (SUMS), the UI student
math club  will begin with an 8 a.m. registration session, followed by
a welcome. Formal competition will take the form 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 objective of the competition,
according to UI mathematics associate professor Walter Seaman, is to stimulate
high school students' interest in mathematics.
Following the relay race, participants will complete a brief questionnaire
designed to measure interest in mathematics and other quantitative subjects,
then adjourn for lunch. A 2:30 p.m. address by UI economics professor Carol
Fethke will be followed by an awards ceremony, with plaques and certificates
to be awarded to the winners.
Winners of the UI Mathematics Competition will be invited to participate
in the first annual statewide mathematics competition to be hosted May
1 by the new Iowa Math League. According to UI mathematics professor Paul
Muhly, the success of last year's UI competition, in part, is responsible
for the creation of the Iowa Math League, an organization of Iowa high
schools, and the group's statewide competition.
UI Mathematics Competition planners include Seaman, Muhly and Sandra
Stockman, mathematics department administrative assistant.
