UvA students win nine medals at the International Mathematics Competition 2016
The UvA delegation scored nine times at the International Mathematics Competition (IMC) 2016. For the first time in the competition a UvA student, Bastiaan Cnossen, won a gold medal. Besides two silver medals and six bronze medals were awarded.
The medals were awarded as follows:
- Bastiaan Cnossen: 52 points, place 60 (gold)
- Sam vd Brink: 45 points, place 114 (silver)
- Pjotr Buys: 43 points, place 125 (silver)
- Oscar Schoen: 38 points, place 158 (bronze)
- Tim Henke: 36 points, place 174 (bronze)
- Tycho van Hoof: 34 points, place 185 (bronze)
Mike Daas, Lucas Slot and Ruben La: 28 points, place 214 (bronze)
Fjodor van Hoof: 14 points, place 277 (honorable mention and Fair Play award)
Fjodor van Hoof received a Fair Play award because he was so fair to mention that 7 points were attributed to him incorrectly. He received a bottle of wine and a standing ovation, but his honesty cost him 4 points.
This year's competition was organized by University College London and hosted by the American University in Bulgaria. It took place in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, from 25 July to 31 July, 2016. Every participating university sent several students and one teacher. The UvA team was accompanied by Josha Box, a former winner of the competition.
Participants were students of mathematics from the first to the fourth year. The competition consisted of 10 problems of algebra, analysis, geometry and combinatorics, which were to be solved during two 5-hour sessions. The UvA team was sponsored by the Faculty of Science and the Korteweg-de Vries Institute.
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.