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12 Oglethorpe students tackle real world issues in international mathematics competition

The International Mathematical Contest in Modeling is a competition where teams of undergraduates use mathematical modeling to present their solutions to real world problems. This year, Oglethorpe University has four teams of three students entering the contest, which is conducted online over a five-day period, February 8-12.

Teams are required to develop a mathematical model of both the issue and the proposed solution. Last years’ problems involved Managing The Zambezi River, Merge After Toll, and “Cooperate and navigate.”

Up for grabs are two Sigma Scholarship Awards, given to the two top MCM teams at $10,000 per team, with $9,000 going to the team members and $1,000 to the school represented. Awards will be announced in April 2018. Also handed out are the Ben Fusaro Award, for an especially creative paper, and the Frank R. Giordano Award, going to a paper that demonstrates true excellence in the execution of the modeling process.

Student teams, advised by Associated Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics Brian Patterson, include:

  • Agbolade Akande
  • Michael Bell
  • Hannah Dattilo
  • Robert Dougherty-Bliss
  • Nelson Ferrufino
  • Jonathan Guy
  • Kaitlyn Harysch
  • Benedict Kargbo
  • Kwanghee Lee
  • Vinh Pham
  • Iris Ponce Pinto
  • Jamal Willis

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Mathematical modeling provides answers to real world questions like “Which recycling program is best for my city?” “How will a flu outbreak affect the US,” or “Which roller coaster is the most thrilling?” In math modeling, you’ll use math to represent, analyze, make predictions or otherwise provide insight into real world phenomena.

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