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Who Wants To Be A Mathematician

"I am sure I can speak for everyone involved when I say that this was the best math competition we have ever been a part of. Many thanks to all of you for that wonderful happening."

More than 200 students nationwide have moved on to the second round of qualifying for the 2015 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. Students who scored eight or better in the first round can take the second round test any time Oct. 4-20 (deadline is 8 p.m. Eastern on the 20th). The AMS will select 10 students from this group for the semifinals, which take place Jan. 12 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio.

We take the top scorer in each of 10 regions of the country on the round two test. Those students will travel to the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings in January to compete for the $10,000 first prize ($5,000 for the individual and $5,000 for his or her math department).

2014 USAMO Stars: Of the 23 people who were selected for USAMO (USA Mathematical Olympiad) Top 12 and Honorable Mention, six were involved in Who Wants to Be a Mathematician in the 2013-14 school year. In the Top 12 were David Stoner, who participated in the game at the College of Charleston Math Meet, and Kevin Sun, who was a contestant at the 2014 national contest. Receiving Honorable Mention were Samuel Korsky (Fall 2013 Arnold Ross Lecture), Sammy Luo (2014 national contest), who won a gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad, Shyam Narayanan (2014 national contest), and Ashwin Sah (Oregon Invitational Math Tournament at Oregon State University). Congratulations to them! See the names of all the USAMO honorees. The USAMO is a program of the Mathematical Association of America.

Below is information about the 2014 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.

David Vogan and Vivek Miglani

Vivek Miglani won the 2014 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. Vivek is pictured above accepting the trophy from AMS President David Vogan. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker.)

Here are the names of the 10 qualifiers who participated in Baltimore:

  • Patrick Guo, Westwood High School, TX
  • Sammy Luo, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
  • Clark Lyons, High Technology High School, NJ
  • Vivek Miglani, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, FL
  • Emily Mu, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
  • Shyam Narayanan, Blue Valley West High School, KS
  • Tahsin Saffat, Westview High School, OR
  • Kevin Sun, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
  • Jesse Zhang, Fairview High School, CO and
  • Dennis Zhao, Montgomery Blair High School, MD

See photos and more information about the contestants.

Both the semifinals and finals took place at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. If you didn't make it to Baltimore, you can still watch the game here. More than 2000 students took the test, mostly online using Maple TA. See the Round Two test with answers and the Round One test with answers.

Find out more about the national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.

In the AMS game Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, high school students compete for cash and prizes by answering multiple choice mathematics questions. The cash prize in each game is donated by the AMS. Other prize donors are: Texas Instruments, Maplesoft Inc., and John Wiley & Sons.

What are former contestants up to nowadays? Read about what some former contestants are doing.

The game is a program of the AMS Public Awareness Office and was developed by Mike Breen (AMS Public Awareness Officer) and Bill Butterworth (DePaul University ).

Augusta GA game Archive: Read about past performances of the game.

Videos: Watching the game, and playing along, is a great activity for a math club or for individuals who want to match wits with the contestants.

Sample: If you'd like a PowerPoint file with sample questions, email the Public Awareness Office (paoffice at ams dot org) with the subject line: "wwtbam sample round."

At Providence College Students enjoying a game of Who Wants To Be A Mathematician