March 18, 2011
Writer: Writer: Andy Cargal

The Department of Mathematics will sponsor a regional high school math conference March 23 in the Hyrum Manwaring Student Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local schools have been invited to form math teams, composed of calculus and pre-calculus students to participate in the event. So far, eight schools have responded and will bring a team. About 150 students are expected to participate.

 The conference will include an individual competition, breakout sessions, a forum speaker and an awards ceremony. The competition will be in the form of an individual examination, where the top performer will receive a $500 scholarship. The school teams will then attend three breakout sessions, each covering one of five topics: chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, engineering and computer science. Following the breakout sessions, all participants will hear physics instructor Brian Pyper and mathematics instructors David Stowell and Craig Johnson discuss career opportunities in applied mathematics. The conference will conclude with an awards ceremony. Scholarship information for math and science students will also be provided.

 “This is an opportunity for students to showcase their mathematical skills,” said Bonnie Moon, the conference’s coordinator. “Hopefully, it will interest them in pursuing a major in the sciences or mathematics.”