mathematics students performed well at the recent International Mathematics Competition in
Bulgaria, with honours student Dylan Nelson being placed in the second prize
other three students, Elrich Groenewald, Petri-John Last and René Spoerer, all
received Honourable Mentions.
Stephan Wagner, head of the mathematics
division in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, says this is the first
time that a SU student won a place in one of the top categories:
“The competition has been in existence since 1994, but we only started
competing in 2013. These competitions are a good way to get students in
mathematics interested in challenging mathematical problems that go beyond the
regular curriculum. At the same time they gain valuable international exposure.”
who was placed 98th among 320 students overall, says he would recommend the
competition to anyone who wants to challenge themselves: “The contest selects problems which can be solved using
techniques and knowledge from typical undergraduate mathematics curricula, but with
a bit of a twist. The problems generally require applying the relevant
techniques in interesting ways.”
However, students should not feel that they must succeed in these
sorts of contests in order to succeed as a mathematician, he adds.
is currently doing a BSc honours degree in mathematics and he plans to continue
with an MSc in mathematics, also at SU.
The competition was organised by University
College London and
hosted by the American University in Bulgaria from 25 to 31 July 2016.
On the photo, from left to right: Dylan
Nelson, René Spoerer, Elrich Groenewald, and Petri-John Last. Photo: Liam Baker.