UvA wins nine medals at the International Mathematics Competition for University Students 2015
The UvA delegation scored nine times at the 22nd edition of the International Mathematics Competition for University Students. Josha Box (Master student of mathematics) won a silver medal. Bronze medals were awarded to Serge Hartog and Bastiaan Cnossen (both first year Bachelors mathematics) and Pjotr Buys, Sam van den Brink en Jolien Kerssens (third year Bachelor mathematics). Tim Henke, Oscar Schoen and Tycho van Hoof received an honourable mention.
The International Mathematics Competition for University Students took place from 27 July to 2 August 2015 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. The UvA team consisted of three master students, four mathematics students in their third year, one second year student and four first year students of mathematics. The UvA delegation was accompanied by Iris Smit, a former winner of a silver medal, who is now a PhD Student at the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics. The UvA team was sponsored by the Faculty of Science and the Korteweg-de Vries Institute.
Participants in the IMC are students of mathematics from the first to the fourth year. Over the last 19 years more than 44 countries have participated in this competition. The Eastern-European countries showed the highest scores. The competition consists of 10 problems of algebra, analysis, geometry and combinatorics, which are to be solved during two 5-hour sessions.
This year the scores of the first year students were remarkably high: two of them were awarded with a bronze medal and two received an honourable mention. The students were trained for this competition in a UvA honours course. From this course the best candidates were selected to take part in the competition in Blagoevgrad. These students used the summer months for more training to prepare themselves for the competition.