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K-State math students win competition

By The Mercury

Four Kansas State University students are being recognized for high placements in the 15th annual K-State S. Thomas Parker Mathematics Competition.

The competition, April 6 in Cardwell Hall, encourages students to strengthen their mathematical skills, as well as to promote mathematics education among K-State students. The competition committee consists of mathematics department faculty Todd Cochrane, Charles Moore, Andrew Ostergaard and Craig Spencer.

Funded by the S. Thomas Parker endowment and the Math Club of Kansas State University, the competition is open to all full-time students who are in their first two years at the university. Participants are given three hours to solve five problems in mathematics. The problems range from high school-level mathematics through the first two years of collegiate mathematics.

This year’s competition has two first-place winners, who each received $250, and two third-place winners, who each received $100.

Students receiving honors in this year’s S. Thomas Parker Mathematics Competition include:

Melissa Coats, sophomore in computer engineering, Allen, third-place tie; and Thomas Marietta, sophomore in mechanical engineering, Salina, third-place tie.

From out of state: Yang Chen, junior in computer science, Los Angeles, Calif., first-place tie.

From out of country: Yichao Zhang, sophomore in chemical engineering, Qingdao, China, first-place tie.

The awards will be presented at the annual Friends of Mathematics Banquet on April 16.

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