LSU Students Score at Virginia Tech Regional Math Contest

Karl Mahlburg, Sonia Azad and Derek Walker

LSU Associate Professor Karl Mahlburg; Sonia Azad, a native of Baton Rouge, and Derek Walker, a native of Luling, La.

Photo: LSU Department of Mathematics

12/01/2017
BATON ROUGE – LSU students performed well at the recent Virginia Tech Regional Math Contest. This annual competition consists of a challenging two and half hour written exam, and there were more than 700 participants from 95 colleges and universities.

Out of a maximum possible score of 70 points, the national median was one point, and nearly half of all competitors scored zero.

LSU had seven students earn a positive score on the exam, led by Sonia Azad, a native of Baton Rouge who attended high school at Baton Rouge Magnet High, with 16 points, and Derek Walker, a native of Luling, La., who attended high school at Hahnville High School, with 14 points. Both students ranked in the top 20 percent of participants nationally.

The other LSU students to earn positive scores included Jonathan Cangelosi, a native of Baton Rouge who attended high school at Baton Rouge Magnet High; Shelby Hust, a native of West Monroe, La., who attended high school at West Monroe High School; Connor Sanford, a native of Baton Rouge who attended high school at Catholic High School; Alyssa Smith, a native of Baton Rouge who was homeschooled; and Blake Tillman, a native of Alexandria, La., who attended Bolton High School. The group is coached by LSU Associate Professor Karl Mahlburg, Department of Mathematics.

The Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest is sponsored each fall by the Mathematics Department at Virginia Tech. More than 200 colleges and universities are invited to participate each year.

For more information on the LSU Department of Mathematics, visit https://www.math.lsu.edu/.

 

 

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