March 10, 2017

Purdue to host qualifying tournament for national math competition

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will host 189 of the state’s brightest students from 40 middle schools for the MATHCOUNTS state competition on Saturday (March 11).

MATHCOUNTS is a national math enrichment and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement across the United States.

The public is invited to the countdown round at 2 p.m. in the Class of 1950 Lecture Hall and the ensuing awards ceremony. The top 16 finishers from the morning written sessions will advance to the countdown round. The top four students from the event will comprise Team Indiana and will advance to the national competition May 13-16 in Orlando, Florida.

“This is my 22nd year with MATHCOUNTS, and my enthusiasm for this event only increases with each year,” said Vince Drnevich, Purdue professor emeritus of civil engineering and co-director of the Purdue MATHCOUNTS program. “These ‘mathletes’ are the future engineers, mathematicians, and scientists of our country. It is a pleasure to host an event that recognizes their prowess in mathematics.”

The top 10 individual finishers in the event are offered a four-year scholarship, worth $2,000 each year, to study engineering, mathematics or science at Purdue. The top male and female finisher are offered a $5,000 per year scholarships to Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.

The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers, a student chapter of the National Chapter of Professional Engineers, leads the process of recruiting volunteers for the event. There will be more than 70 volunteers assisting with the state competition at Purdue, including students, faculty and staff, employees of Purdue Federal Credit Union, and members of the AA Potter Chapter of the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers. 

Media contact: Brian Peloza, 765-496-9711, bpeloza@purdue.edu 

Source: Vincent Drnevich, 765-494-5029, drnevich@purdue.edu 

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