The annual Small c Math Contest was held on September 27th. For the first time ever, the contest was administrated online, after taking a one-year pause in 2020 due to the pandemic.
“Despite the complications of running the contest under unusual conditions, it was rewarding and inspiring to see so many students involved,” said Nickolas Rollick, a researcher and instructor in the Faculty of Mathematics and the contest organizer this year.
478 students complete the optional and lighthearted mathematics challenge, an increase of ten on the 2019 numbers. Along with mathematics students, there were significant numbers of students enrolling from the Faculties of Engineering (~100) and Science (~50).
This was the first year that Rollick was the organizer of the contest that was originally started by Ian VanderBurgh in 2001. Rollick took over administering the contest from J.P. Pretti, who had been organizing for the past ten years.
Congratulations to each of the following top-performing students, who all earned a score of at least 144 out of 150:
1st-year students: Ethan Liu, Jongwoo Shin
2nd-year students: Kevin Wan, Jonathan Nitisastro
Honourable mentions go to Star Xie, Harry Jiang, Yueming Cai, Michael Hahn, Boya Yang, Thalia Wahyudi, Keming Ouyang, Rainbow Li, Zev Friedman, Valentio Iverson, Zhi Rong Cai, Kevin Lu, Marcus Chan, Andrew Dong and Ethan Darbournel.
Rollick expressed his gratitude to Jeff Anderson, Terry Bae, Shane Bauman, Robert Garbary, Mike Eden, Megan Martin, Paul McGrath, Ian Payne, J.P. Pretti, Ian VanderBurgh and Heather Vo for their help in the preparation and administration of the contest.