High School Students Receive UT Scholarships in Math Competition

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Ten students were awarded $4,000 annual scholarships to UT in the recent UT–Pro2Serve Math Contest.

More than 600 students from fifty Tennessee high schools participated in the competition held November 14 at UT.

The scholarship winners were:

  • Jia Liang, Collierville High, Collierville, TN.
  • Sanghwah (Samuel) Rhee, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Jason Wen, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Anwesh Dash, White Station High, Memphis, TN.
  • Larry Shen, Oak Ridge High, Oak Ridge, TN.
  • Sajant Anand, Science Hill High, Johnson City, TN.
  • Saaber Pourmotabbed, White Station High, Memphis, TN.
  • Queena Lu, Pope John Paul II High, Hendersonville, TN.
  • Yunhua Zhao, Memphis University School, Memphis, TN.
  • Zachary Strickland, Webb School of Knoxville, Knoxville, TN.

Scholarships are funded by UT and Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek.

The honorable mention winners (those who have previously won scholarships) were:

  • Dylan Young, University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN.
  • Hyungdon Joo, Farragut High, Farragut, TN.
  • Kevin Sun, Collierville High, Collierville, TN.
  • Garret Sullivan, Memphis University School, Memphis, TN.
  • Richard Ouyang, Memphis University School, Memphis, TN
  • Gene Li, Ravenwood High, Brentwood, TN.

The contest had two parts. All participants took a multiple-choice test on algebra and geometry called the Fundamental Exams of Remarkable Mathematical Ability and Talent (FERMAT I). The five top scorers received a plaque.

The top-scoring students were:

  • Jia Lang, Collierville High, Collierville, TN.
  • Lucy Huang, Collierville High, Collierville, TN.
  • Sangway Rhee, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Ohm Patel, White Station High, Memphis, TN.
  • Yunhua Zhao, Memphis University School, Memphis, TN.

Students with the top fifty scores on the FERMAT I moved on to the FERMAT II, which included eight essay questions requiring creative and original thinking. All exams were hand-graded by faculty members from UT’s Department of Mathematics.

The second part of the contest was the Math Bowl, a double-elimination team competition. Sixty-four high school teams competed head-to-head to be the fastest to answer ten math questions correctly. Winners won a trophy, a t-shirt, and a medallion.

The winners were:

  • Small schools: First place, Memphis University School, Memphis, TN.; second place, the University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN.
  • Large school (and overall): First place, Ravenwood High, Memphis, TN.; second place, Collierville High, Collierville, TN.

The contest was presented by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Mathematics and UT alumnus Barry Goss and his company, Professional Project Services Inc. (Pro2Serve).

Pro2Serve provides technical and engineering services that support the infrastructures of government and private industry and help ensure national security. The media sponsor was the Knoxville News Sentinel.

C O N T A C T :

Bryan Self (865-974-2461, cself1@TN.essee.edu)

Whitney Heins (865-974-5460, wheins@utk.edu)

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