Mathematical Association of America Announces Students Qualifying for the 2001 US Math Olympiad

267 High School Students from Over 260,000 Participants Advance to Next Round



MAA to Host Annual Awards

Ceremony Honoring USAMO Finalists



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Mathematical Association of America

    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mathematical Association of
 America (MAA) announced today the 267 qualifying high school students who will
 compete in the 2001 United States of America Mathematics Olympiad (USAMO) on
 May 1, 2001.
     The MAA also announced the annual Olympiad Award Ceremony honoring the top
 12 USAMO finalists. The event will be held on June 3-4 and will be sponsored
 by The Mathematical Association of America and The Akamai Foundation.  Six of
 these twelve students will comprise the United States team that will compete
 in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held on July 4-14 in
 Washington, D.C.  The 42nd IMO will attract 500 of the most talented students
 from more than 80 countries around the world and marks the first time since
 1981 that the most prestigious international mathematics competition will be
 held in the US.
     "The MAA is proud to sponsor the competitions and upcoming award ceremony.
 We are pleased that more than a quarter of a million
 mathematically-accomplished girls and boys chose to compete to become USAMO
 finalists.  These students are all winners and we should cherish and nurture
 them as national treasures," said Ann Watkins, President of the MAA. "We are
 grateful to the Akamai Foundation and our other major sponsor, the University
 of Nebraska-Lincoln, and to our 15 sister professional associations who
 support the American Mathematics Competitions.  This broad-based support of
 the mathematical sciences community has contributed greatly to the success of
 The American Mathematics Competitions."
     The 267 students, representing all 50 States, the District of Columbia,
 and US students abroad in grades 9-12, who have qualified for the USAMO
 outscored more than 260,000 students nationwide in grades 9-12 on a series of
 challenging exams.  Each participated in several challenging rounds: one of
 the two American Mathematics Competitions sponsored by the MAA on February 13,
 2001 and the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME), in March and
 April.
     "These 267 qualifiers are the top one-tenth of one percent of the 260,000
 students that competed," said Steven R. Dunbar, Professor of Mathematics and
 Special Assistant to the MAA for Pre-College Outreach. "They represent the
 very best of our brightest young mathematical talent in the United States."
 On May 1, 2001, these 267 students will take the USA Mathematical Olympiad,
 which is a six-hour examination consisting of six proof-essay questions. The
 twelve winners of the USAMO will be announced in mid-May.
     "The Akamai Foundation is proud to be a presenting sponsor of the
 distinguished 42nd IMO to raise the importance of math education nationwide
 and is delighted to help recognize and celebrate the achievements of these
 most stellar students," said Wendy Ziner, President of the Akamai Foundation."
 
     Additional information, including sample questions and answers from each
 of the contests, can be obtained at http://www.usamo.org, or by calling Prof.
 Steven R. Dunbar, at 402-472-7236.  A full list of students and their
 representative states and territories can also be viewed at
 http://www.unl.edu/amc/e-exams/e8-usamo/01usamoqualstate.html
 
     About the IMO:
     The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship
 Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in
 different country. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania with 7 countries
 participating. It has gradually expanded to over 80 countries from all
 5 continents.
 
     About the USAMO:
     The USAMO provides a means of identifying and encouraging the most
 creative secondary mathematics students in the country. It serves to indicate
 the talent of those who may become leaders in the mathematical sciences of the
 next generation. The USAMO, which began in the US in 1974, is part of a
 worldwide system of national mathematics competitions, a movement in which
 both educators and research mathematicians are engaged in recognizing and
 celebrating the imagination and resourcefulness of youth.
 
     About the MAA:
     The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional
 society of college and university mathematics teachers in the world.  Today
 MAA's 28,000 members include college and university faculty, two-year college
 faculty, and high school teachers, government and corporate workers, graduate
 school faculty, research mathematicians, and graduate and undergraduate
 students.
 
     About The Akamai Foundation:
     The Akamai Foundation, founded in September of 2000 by the management and
 employees of Akamai Technologies, is designed to strengthen mathematics
 education and performance in United States public schools (K-12), through a
 series of initiatives aimed at fostering excellence in math learning and
 proficiency for an Internet-centric world. These initiatives, include
 sponsorship of the IMO, MAA and AMC; the establishment of an annual college
 scholarship fund for top performing students from each of the 50 states; and
 the creation of an interactive mathematical Web site,
 http://www.magicofmath.com to encourage more young people to use the Internet
 as a tool for math education.
 
      Contact:  Maria Brown/Riki Drori
                NYPR
                212-421-3555
                maria@nypr.com
 
      Contact:  Prof. Steve R. Dunbar
                American Mathematics Competitions
                402-472-6206
                sdunbar@math.uml.edu
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mathematical Association of
 America (MAA) announced today the 267 qualifying high school students who will
 compete in the 2001 United States of America Mathematics Olympiad (USAMO) on
 May 1, 2001.
     The MAA also announced the annual Olympiad Award Ceremony honoring the top
 12 USAMO finalists. The event will be held on June 3-4 and will be sponsored
 by The Mathematical Association of America and The Akamai Foundation.  Six of
 these twelve students will comprise the United States team that will compete
 in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held on July 4-14 in
 Washington, D.C.  The 42nd IMO will attract 500 of the most talented students
 from more than 80 countries around the world and marks the first time since
 1981 that the most prestigious international mathematics competition will be
 held in the US.
     "The MAA is proud to sponsor the competitions and upcoming award ceremony.
 We are pleased that more than a quarter of a million
 mathematically-accomplished girls and boys chose to compete to become USAMO
 finalists.  These students are all winners and we should cherish and nurture
 them as national treasures," said Ann Watkins, President of the MAA. "We are
 grateful to the Akamai Foundation and our other major sponsor, the University
 of Nebraska-Lincoln, and to our 15 sister professional associations who
 support the American Mathematics Competitions.  This broad-based support of
 the mathematical sciences community has contributed greatly to the success of
 The American Mathematics Competitions."
     The 267 students, representing all 50 States, the District of Columbia,
 and US students abroad in grades 9-12, who have qualified for the USAMO
 outscored more than 260,000 students nationwide in grades 9-12 on a series of
 challenging exams.  Each participated in several challenging rounds: one of
 the two American Mathematics Competitions sponsored by the MAA on February 13,
 2001 and the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME), in March and
 April.
     "These 267 qualifiers are the top one-tenth of one percent of the 260,000
 students that competed," said Steven R. Dunbar, Professor of Mathematics and
 Special Assistant to the MAA for Pre-College Outreach. "They represent the
 very best of our brightest young mathematical talent in the United States."
 On May 1, 2001, these 267 students will take the USA Mathematical Olympiad,
 which is a six-hour examination consisting of six proof-essay questions. The
 twelve winners of the USAMO will be announced in mid-May.
     "The Akamai Foundation is proud to be a presenting sponsor of the
 distinguished 42nd IMO to raise the importance of math education nationwide
 and is delighted to help recognize and celebrate the achievements of these
 most stellar students," said Wendy Ziner, President of the Akamai Foundation."
 
     Additional information, including sample questions and answers from each
 of the contests, can be obtained at http://www.usamo.org, or by calling Prof.
 Steven R. Dunbar, at 402-472-7236.  A full list of students and their
 representative states and territories can also be viewed at
 http://www.unl.edu/amc/e-exams/e8-usamo/01usamoqualstate.html
 
     About the IMO:
     The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship
 Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in
 different country. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania with 7 countries
 participating. It has gradually expanded to over 80 countries from all
 5 continents.
 
     About the USAMO:
     The USAMO provides a means of identifying and encouraging the most
 creative secondary mathematics students in the country. It serves to indicate
 the talent of those who may become leaders in the mathematical sciences of the
 next generation. The USAMO, which began in the US in 1974, is part of a
 worldwide system of national mathematics competitions, a movement in which
 both educators and research mathematicians are engaged in recognizing and
 celebrating the imagination and resourcefulness of youth.
 
     About the MAA:
     The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional
 society of college and university mathematics teachers in the world.  Today
 MAA's 28,000 members include college and university faculty, two-year college
 faculty, and high school teachers, government and corporate workers, graduate
 school faculty, research mathematicians, and graduate and undergraduate
 students.
 
     About The Akamai Foundation:
     The Akamai Foundation, founded in September of 2000 by the management and
 employees of Akamai Technologies, is designed to strengthen mathematics
 education and performance in United States public schools (K-12), through a
 series of initiatives aimed at fostering excellence in math learning and
 proficiency for an Internet-centric world. These initiatives, include
 sponsorship of the IMO, MAA and AMC; the establishment of an annual college
 scholarship fund for top performing students from each of the 50 states; and
 the creation of an interactive mathematical Web site,
 http://www.magicofmath.com to encourage more young people to use the Internet
 as a tool for math education.
 
      Contact:  Maria Brown/Riki Drori
                NYPR
                212-421-3555
                maria@nypr.com
 
      Contact:  Prof. Steve R. Dunbar
                American Mathematics Competitions
                402-472-6206
                sdunbar@math.uml.edu
 
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