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Statewide high school math competition to be held at PSU May 25
Author: John Kirkland, University Communications
Posted: May 24, 2013

More than 170 students from high schools throughout Oregon will converge on Portland State University (PSU) Saturday, May 25, for the annual Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament (OIMT).

The tournament, now in its 33rd year, is a statewide competition for top high school math students.  Students are invited based on their performances at regional competitions held at community colleges throughout the state. More than 50 Oregon high schools – as well as some home-schooled students – will be represented.

“These accomplished and very bright students represent the top 5 to 10 percent of young mathematical talent in the state of Oregon. They’ve all worked very hard to succeed to this level,” said Steven Bleiler, chair of PSU’s Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Each student will compete in one of four categories: geometry, algebra II, pre-calculus, and calculus. On the morning of the competition they will undergo a three-hour personal testing period in Smith Memorial Student Union.

They also will be assigned to small groups to work on mathematics problems designed by PSU faculty. Starting at 12:30 p.m. teams will gather at PSU’s Hoffman Hall to find solutions to their problems and make posters detailing their work. The posters will be displayed an evaluated by judges. Top poster teams will be acknowledged during an awards ceremony in Hoffman Hall at 3:30 p.m. Medals will be awarded to the top finalists in nearly a half-dozen categories.

Members of the news media are welcome to cover the afternoon activities at Hoffman Hall, starting at 12:30 p.m.

PSU, Oregon State and University of Oregon take turns hosting the OIMT. The last time it was at PSU was three years ago.