WPI Annual Invitational Mathematics Meet Set for Oct. 24

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- WPI's ninth annual Invitational Mathematcis Meet for high school students will be held on the WPI campus on Thursday, Oct. 24, with 84 teams from a four-state area expected to compete. Last year Weston High School of Weston, MA took top honors while Holliston High School of Holliston, MA came in second.

Last year 86 four-person teams vied for individual and team scholarship awards. The meet will take place at WPI's Harrington Auditorium from 8:50 to 10:10 a.m. "There will be two rounds of competition -individual and team. Both will include interesting and challenging questions based on the secondary mathematics curriculum up to, but not including calculus," says J.J. Malone, WPI Professor of Mathematical Sciences and coordinator of the meet.

Following the competition the students and their advisors will be treated to lunch in WPI's dining facility and then listen to a career panel of mathematicians who will discuss their career areas and the math needed in each of their fields. The four panelists are Martin Couture of the Premier Insurance Company of Massachusetts; Robert Trocki, WPI Class of 1984, of First Allmerica Financial Life Insurance; Lori Clark, WPI Class of 1989, of Chadwick's of Boston; and Brenda Cantell, WPI Class of 1994, of UNITRODE Integrated Circuits.

Robert Voss, executive director of admissions and financial aid at WPI, will follow the panel discussion with a review of college admission tips. An awards ceremony at 1:10 p.m. will conclude the meet.

While the team members are taking their tests, the advisors will participate in a Faculty Colloquium on Mathematical Discovery presented by Peter Christopher, associate professor of Mathematical Sciences at WPI.

Based upon the scores from the individual round of competition, the student with the highest score will receive a $3,000 scholarship to WPI. Second and third place winners will receive a $2,000 and $1,500 scholarship, respectively. Those not placing first through third but top scorer from each team will receive a $1,000 scholarship to WPI.

Each team will also earn a composite score consisting of the team's individual scores and its score in the team round. For those teams with one of the top three composite scores, the three team members who did not receive a scholarship in the individual round will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to WPI. For those teams finishing in the next highest group of three teams, three students will each receive a $750 scholarship to WPI, while the students in the next highest group of three teams will each receive a $500 scholarship to WPI.

Competition sponsors are: Neles-Jamesbury Inc., Norton Co., Tatnuck Bookseller @ WPI, Rosenlund Travel Service Inc., Texas Instruments Inc., and Wyman-Gordon Foundation.