UvA wins two silver medals and one bronze at international mathematics competition
The UvA delegation won three medals at the 21st edition of the International Mathematics Competition for University Students (IMC). Third-year mathematics and physics students Nastasha Wijers and Josha Box took home silver. Sam van den Brink, second-year mathematics and physics student, earned bronze.
The IMC was held from 29 July to 4 August 2014 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. The UvA team comprised two third-year, three second-year, and four first-year mathematics students and was led by former silver medallist Iris Smit, who is currently pursuing a doctorate at the UvA's Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI). The UvA team was sponsored by the KdVI.
The UvA's score was significantly better than for previous years. A single silver medal was won in the past, and last year's UvA delegation earned four bronze medals. Two honours courses prepared the students for this competition:
- the first-year 'Training International Mathematics Students' course (lecturer Iris Smit)
- the upper level 'Advanced Problem Solving' course (lecturer Mehdi Tavakol).
The best students in these courses are invited to participate in the competition in Blagoevgrad. The chosen students engaged in additional training in June and July.
The IMC is open to mathematics students of all years from first to fourth. During the past 17 years, over 44 countries have competed. The Eastern European countries tend to earn the highest scores. The competition consists of 10 problems taken from algebra, analysis, geometry or combinatorics, divided into two five-hour morning sessions.