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Millersville University to host 49th Annual Math Contest

Millersville University is set to host 36 high schools for the annual competition.

Two hundred and twenty-eight high school students will travel to Millersville University at the end of the month to participate in the University’s 49th Annual High School Mathematics Contest. Thirty-six schools will bring teams of students, grades 9-12, to compete on Wednesday, Feb. 28.  

An annual event, the mathematics contest has grown since last spring, expanding its reach to schools within 100 miles of the University and increasing its number of registered teams. Students will begin to arrive at 8:30 a.m., with the competition to begin at 9:30 a.m. 

The Dean of the College of Science and Technology, Dr. Marc Harris, will give opening remarks. Then, the competition proceeds in two parts, with test problems prepared by members of the Department of Mathematics. The first part is a short answer contest with 36 problems to be completed within a 75-minute time limit. This portion is completed by students individually, and the top five scorers receive recognition. The second part of the competition is team-based, where groups of 2-4 students from the same school will have 60 minutes to complete five problems. The top five scoring teams will receive recognition.  

The students will tackle problems from a wide range of mathematical subjects at the precalculus level, including algebra, trigonometry, number theory, probability and statistics, geometry, graph theory and more.  

While this contest is an opportunity for the high school students to showcase their mathematical abilities, it is also an opportunity for Millersville University to showcase the Department of Mathematics and the College of Science and Technology. After the contest ends at noon, students and their chaperones can stay for an optional STEM tabling session, where they will be provided with information about the University and can meet with faculty members from each STEM department.  

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