Maths students succeed at the inaugural Simon Marais Mathematics Competition

05 December 2017
Undergraduate student Peter Huxford from the Department of Mathematics
Undergraduate student Peter Huxford from the Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics would like to congratulate their team of undergraduate mathematics students for their success in the inaugural Simon Marais Mathematics Competition.

459 students from 34 universities registered to participate in this international competition which aims to encourage creative mathematical problem solving.

Students sit two three-hour exams in October, either individually or as a part of a pair. To be eligible as a team universities had to have at least two pairs and three individuals, with an overall gender balance of at least three out of the seven being female, and at least three being male.

“We were delighted to hear that our University of Auckland team was ranked seventh amongst the 15 competing universities that had eligible teams,” Head of Department, Professor Bernd Krauskopf says.,

“Our student Peter Huxford had the highest score of all participating New Zealand students and came tenth equal in the individual competition [he receives A$200 for his efforts]. This is a fantastic result!”

The department’s participation in the Simon Marais Mathematics Competition was jointly coordinated and organised by Dr Paddy Bartlett and Dr Nicolette Rattenbury. 

The students who participated were: Ka Ho Lam, Zeyu Ju, Bowei Yu, Prince Balanay, Cameron Haworth, Qingchuan Zhang, Peter Huxford, Tama Austin, Ari Markowitz, Rewi Haar, Isabel Holm, Qianying Wu, Sean Reeves, Yustyna Klish and Zixin Liang.

Read the full list of 2017 prize-winners.