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FGCU Hosts Over 900 Middle and High School Students for Annual Invitational Math Competition, Dec. 8
12/1/2011

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University hosts the ninth annual FGCU Mathematics Competition for over 900 middle and high school students 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8 beginning in Whitaker Hall.

FGCU will host over 40 different schools from Southwest Florida as well as multiple schools from all over the state. The contest has grown to the largest mathematics competition in Fla.

Participation is open to all middle school, junior high school and senior high school students and is divided into six divisions: algebra I, algebra II, geometry, statistics, pre-calculus and calculus. Students can participate in individual and team rounds for each division. This year, a special section in chemistry will be offered as a pilot for the new STEM contest coming soon.

There will be prizes for the top 12 finishers in each of the six individual subject tests. The top eight teams will receive team trophies, and there will be sweepstakes trophies for the top five schools and door prizes. Each student will receive a certificate of participation by mail. An answer guide to each exam will be provided to each coach at the conclusion of the testing.

The top finisher in each of the six individual subject tests will receive a scholarship to FGCU.

This year, Baylor University's Vice Provost for Strategic Educational Initiatives Edward Burger will be the featured speaker.

Burger is also Lissack Professor for Social Responsibility and Personal Ethics at Williams College, and is winner of the 2010 Robert Foster Cherry Professor for Great Teaching, Baylor University. For more information on Burger, visit his web page at http://web.williams.edu/go/math/eburger/.

Detailed schedule, contest rules, and registration form are available at http://www.fgcu.edu/events/mathcompetition/.

For more information contact Jerry Ellis, professor of mathematics and contest director at (239) 590-7253.


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