Department Held Third Mathematics Prize Competition

Western Michigan University’s Department of Mathematics held its third Mathematics Prize Competition Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 with undergraduate students from all of the University’s majors and disciplines invited to compete.

The event was organized by Drs. Patrick Bennett, Andrzej Dudek and David Richter and the competition was open to all undergraduates from all majors.

With the goal of measuring raw talent, department faculty members designed the competition to tap into students’ creative problem solving skills. A total of 22 students from various disciplines participated.


The 2018 competition winners were:

• First place prize of $500: Conor Doig

• Second place prize of $300: Nathaniel Chiu

• Third place prize of $200: Mike Vasenkov

• Fourth place prize of $100: Bethany Austhof and Nick Christo

• Fifth place prize of $50: Yonatan Beyene and Sullivan Clemente

A recognition ceremony was held Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 during the Math Club meeting. The winners were announced by Dr. Heather Petcovic, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The winners will represent WMU in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, which hosts about 4,000 undergraduate participants in the United States and Canada each December.

The Department of Mathematics is very proud of the students' hard work and success!

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