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MathFest! 2011 offers high school competition Oct. 19

High school students from Southeast Texas will have opportunities to test their mathematics abilities and learn about many areas of science at the annual Lamar University Mathematics Festival — MathFest! 2011 — October 19 at the university’s John Gray Center.

MathFest! 2011 will attract about 185 area high school students and their faculty advisors to campus to participate in a variety of mathematics-related events, said MaryE Wilkinson of the Department of Mathematics.

Participants from the following high schools have been invited to attend:  Bridge City, Buna, Central, Colmesneil, Evadale, Hampshire Fannett, Jasper, Kirbyville, Kountze, Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Lumberton, Nederland, Newton, Orangefield, Ozen, Memorial, Port Neches-Groves, Silsbee, Spurger, Vidor, Warren, West Brook, West Hardin, West Orange-Stark, and Woodville.

The day will include individual and team competitions, as well as mathematics and mathematics-related presentations. Individual competitions will be held in the areas of algebra, geometry, calculator use, and — new this year — pre-calculus.  Prizes will be awarded, including trophies for the team competition.  Brenda Nichols, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will present a $1,000 scholarship to one of the winners.

This year, all of the speakers and presenters are faculty members at Lamar, including Nichols and Provost Steve Doblin. The afternoon general session will feature a presentation by Lamar faculty members Jennifer Daniel and Peggy Doerschuk on STAIRSTEP: Research and Outreach in Math and Science.

For more information about MathFest! 2011, contact Wilkinson at (409) 880-8376.