Math Students Win UT Scholarships, ORNL Internships

KNOXVILLE — Ten Tennessee high school students were finalists in the University of Tennessee Pro2Serve Math Contest held here Thursday.

They were among 973 students from 101 Tennessee high schools who competed for 10 four-year, full in-state tuition scholarships to UT.

The students received the scholarships based on their individual scores on the Fundamental Exams of Remarkable Mathematical Ability and Talent, or FERMAT.

Statewide students who received scholarships were Austin Chu of Memphis University School; Adam Landler and Stephen Daugherty of Rossview High School in Clarksville; James Waters of Maryville High School; Megan Galbreth of Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga; Kevin Bell of Tipton-Rosemark Academy in Millington; Andrew Jallouk and Scott McKinney of Oak Ridge High School; David Moore of Austin-East High School in Knoxville; and Lindsey Thrash of Farragut High School.

Additionally, the top four students were awarded summer internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Y-12 National Security Complex.

UT-Battelle, the operating contractor for ORNL, awarded eight-week summer internships at ORNL to Austin Chu and Adam Landler. The internships will follow their junior years at UT. ORNL is one of the nation-s premier multi-program science and technology laboratories.

BWXT Y-12, operator of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Y-12 National Security Complex awarded two internships for the summer of 2004 to James Waters and Megan Galbreth. Y-12 is a manufacturing facility that plays an integral role in DOE’s Nuclear Weapons complex.

The UT Mathematics Department and Pro2Serve Professional Project Services, Inc. sponsor the contest. The Knoxville News-Sentinel is a media sponsor.

Clarksville Academy won the Math Bowl Competition for schools with less than 800 students. Collierville High School earned first place for schools with more than 800 students.

“The competition allows us to showcase our university to some of Tennessee’s most talented students,” said Dr. Robert Daverman, head of the UT Mathematics Department. “We hope these scholarships and internships will allow us to attract our state’s brightest minds to our university and this area.”

The 2003 contest marks the fifth held by the math department and the third cosponsored by Pro2Serve.

“This is an opportunity to introduce and attract some of Tennessee-s best high school math students to the State’s leading University,” said Dr. Barry Goss, Pro2Serve-s President and Founder. “Hopefully, it will also help these young people choose to build their careers here.”