UT, Pro2Serve Sponsor 2002 State Math Contest

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee and Pro2Serve Professional Project Services Inc., an Oak Ridge technical consulting firm, are sponsoring the fourth statewide math contest for Tennessee high school students.

The UT-Pro2Serve Math Contest is set for Thursday, October 17 on the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus.

Early registration is August 12-September 19 and costs $10 per person. Late registration is September 20-October 16 and is $12 per person. For more information, go to http://www.math.utk.edu/TMC/ or call Alice Gregory, UT math department, at 865-974-2461.

“Students who compete in the math contest are among the most gifted in the state,” Dr. John Conway, professor and head of UT’s math department, said.

“The contest gives us the opportunity to showcase UT to these outstanding young men and women. This is a win-win situation for the students, UT and Pro2Serve.”

This is the contest’s fourth year and Pro2Serve-s second year as corporate sponsor. The contest is open to all Tennessee high school students. Last year, about 750 students from 72 Tennessee high schools competed.

“Pro2Serve is very proud to sponsor the UT-Pro2Serve Math Contest again this year,” Barry Goss, president of Pro2Serve, said. “As a corporation, we are strongly committed to building a successful business and sharing the benefits of that success in our communities.”

Students will take a multiple-choice exam testing their knowledge of Algebra I and II and Geometry. The top 50 scorers then take an essay exam. The top 10 winners each receive four-year, full-tuition scholarships to UT.

The contest also features a double-elimination Math Bowl team competition, similar to the old College Bowl.

Pro2Serve is providing travel expenses for participants who must travel more than 150 miles to get to UT.

Founded in 1996, Pro2Serve also has offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and cities in six other states. The company ranks 78th on Inc. Magazine-s list of the 500 fastest growing private U.S. companies and first among Tennessee companies.