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Winners announced for NIU Math Contest

April 5, 2012

Photo of math problems on paper and pencil tipThree seniors were the prize winners at this year’s Northern Illinois University Mathematics Contest.

Scott Rexford, a senior mathematical sciences major from DeKalb, won first place, and will be awarded the first prize of $100.

Nathanael Kozinski from DeKalb and Doug Fry (actuarial science) from St. Charles finished in a tie for second. Each will receive a $75 award.

The 27th running of the annual event was held on March 27. The winners will be recognized  at the Department of Mathematical Sciences’ awards ceremony and reception Sunday, April 22.

The Mathematics Contest is open to all full-time undergraduates at NIU and has a format where freshmen and sophomores have a fair chance to compete with juniors and seniors. Each contestant turns in solutions to a choice of six out of 11 problems, but underclassmen have fewer restrictions on their choice of problems to attempt.

Topics this year ranged from high school level algebra, geometry and elementary probability, through calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. Professors Harvey Blau, Mike Geline and Gleb Sirotkin supervised the competition.