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MEDIA RELEASE: Australian girls ready to compete on world stage in Mathematics

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Australia sending team to European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

For the first time Australia has applied to send a team to the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).  The Australian Mathematics Trust will be using its International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) expertise and resources to identify, train and support the four-member team.

EGMO is an international mathematics competition for female high school students. Similar in form to the IMO, there are six proof-style problems given over two days.  EGMO has steadily grown into a major international event since its inception in 2012, with the 2017 EGMO involving 44 countries. A number of non-European nations regularly participate including India, Japan, the USA and Mexico.

Recent IMO Olympian, Michelle Chen, said of the Olympiad competitions that she ‘found the maths really hard at first and I didn’t really know anyone, but it got better after I attended a few more training schools. You get an opportunity to talk to people who are also good at maths. You feel a bit competitive, but at the same time everybody is happy to help each other out.’

When asked about Australia’s participation in EGMO, Cheryl Praeger, Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC), said, ‘This is an opportunity for Australian girls who enjoy maths not only to gain vital experience in competitions like this, but it increases their confidence to try other events and to network, mingle, and “not be the only girl in the room”’.

Angelo Di Pasquale, AMOC Director of Training, said, ‘We are hopeful that EGMO can become a regular part of our Olympiad calendar.  It will provide girls with a new opportunity to train in problem solving, and will help us expand our pool of potential IMO participants.’

This news follows the recent announcement of the Cheryl Praeger Medals, for the highest achieving Australian female students in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) for each year group.

This initiative is possible through the financial support of Optiver.

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO:
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Australian Mathematics Trust
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MEDIA RELEASE – New Award for Top Achieving Girls in Mathematics

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The top-performing girls in this year’s Australian Mathematics Competition will be awarded the newly created Cheryl Praeger Medal during upcoming awards presentations around the country.

The medal is named in honour of prominent Australian mathematician Cheryl Praeger. Cheryl is a foundation member of the Australian Mathematics Trust’s Board and has been Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee since 2001. She is an Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and Foreign Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science. More details about Cheryl’s achievements and research can be found on her UWA profile.

The Australian Mathematics Trust is focusing on ways in which it can recognise and develop girls’ participation in mathematics and algorithmics.

Australian Mathematics Trust CEO, Nathan Ford, said, ‘The Cheryl Praeger medal is one initiative we are putting in place to recognise girls who have demonstrated good potential in problem solving and mathematics. With Cheryl’s outstanding academic profile and achievements, international reputation and enduring contribution to the activities of the Trust, particularly in support of our mathematics Olympians, we could not have had a better role model for young aspiring female mathematicians’.

Hundreds of thousands of students from schools in more than 30 countries entered the AMC this year. Students completed 30 questions, set in situations that show the relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives, with an emphasis on problem-solving.

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania, will present medals to students from across Australia at a ceremony at Government House in Hobart on Monday 13 November 2017. Overseas medallists will be presented with their medals at ceremonies in their respective countries.

The 2017 AMC Medals are awarded to:

1) all students achieving a perfect score
2) the top 3 students in each year (international or domestic)
3) the top Australian student in each year
4) the top performing Australian female student in each year
5) the top performing student in each Australian state and territory

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO:
Kate O’Sullivan
Marketing and Communications Officer
Australian Mathematics Trust
02 6201 2663
marketing@amt.edu.au

 

MEDIA RELEASE – Australia brings home gold from International Olympiad in Informatics

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Australian team member finishes in top 10 worldwide

2017 IOI team: Prof. Benjamin Burton, Team Leader Robert Newey, Jerry Mao, Charles Jameson, Richard Gong, Angus Ritossa, Deputy Team Leader Joshua Lau

Australia’s team performed strongly to win two gold and one silver medal at the 2017 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Tehran, Iran.

Seventeen-year old Richard Gong finished in 10th place overall: a major achievement. Competing at the IOI for the second time, Richard added gold to his 2016 silver medal. Jerry Mao, selected for his third IOI, scored a gold medal to go with his silver (2016) and bronze (2015) medals. First-timer Charles Jameson also received a silver medal.

Nathan Ford, from the Australian Mathematics Trust, said, ‘Our 2017 results continue our strong performance on the international informatics stage.  Our excellent results demonstrate not only the hard work and abilities of our team members, but the excellence in problem solving training and support we provide these talented students with.’

This year 308 students from 83 countries from around the world participated in the IOI. A team of up to four contestants represented each participating country. The Olympiad included two days of competition tasks as well as time for practice, socialising and some sightseeing around Tehran. The Japanese team were the most successful this year, with three of the four Japanese competitors earning a gold medal.

The International Olympiad in Informatics is one of five international science Olympiads. Its primary goal is to stimulate interest in informatics (computing science) and information technology.

The Australian team (Richard Gong, Charles Jameson, Jerry Mao and Angus Ritossa) spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They succeeded amongst more than 5,000 other students in extension programs and qualifying exams. From that initial cohort, some thirty attended two training schools before the final selection of the team.

The selection process for the team to represent Australia at the 2018 International Olympiad in Informatics is already underway. Students from across the country are now preparing to sit one of the qualifying competitions, the Australian Informatics Olympiad, held on 31 August.

Detailed results of the competition are located at IOI 2017. The 30th IOI will take place in Japan next year.

The Australian Government through the National Innovation and Science Agenda supports the Olympiad programs, with additional sponsorship from Optiver.

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO:

Kate O’Sullivan           

Marketing and Communications Officer 

Australian Mathematics Trust

02 6201 2663

kate.o’sullivan@amt.edu.au

 

 

Media Release – Five Medals at International Mathematical Olympiad

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Australian student solves hardest problem in history of competition

The Australian team is bringing home three silver and two bronze medals, plus an honourable mention, from the 2017 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This year’s competition contained the hardest problem in the history of the IMO. Only seven students scored any points on the question, and only two, including Australia’s Linus Cooper, completely solved the problem. Australia has the distinction of scoring more points than any other country on this question with Hadyn Tang also achieving a partial score on the problem.

The Australian Mathematics Trust’s (AMT) CEO, Nathan Ford, said: ‘We had a great overall team result and it is a significant achievement for Australia to score more points than any other country on the hardest IMO problem in history. It shows how well our competitors are trained in solving complex problems. It’s a testament to Linus’ training, focus and perseverance that he solved it.’

The Australian team finished 34th out of 111 countries in the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad. The South Korean team were the outright winners, with each competitor earning a gold medal.

Six hundred and fifteen students participated in the IMO from the across the globe. The competition was held over 18 and 19 July with competitors having to solve three problems over four and a half hours each day.

The Australian team spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the Olympiad selection. They succeeded amongst more than 25,000 students participating in extension programs and qualifying exams. From that initial cohort, some thirty students attended two training schools before the final selection of the team.

The Australian results were:

2017 International Mathematical Olympiad
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
12 to 23 July

Student School State Result
James Bang Baulkham Hills High School NSW Bronze medal
Matthew Cheah Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School VIC Silver medal
Linus Cooper James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW Silver medal
William Hu Christ Church Grammar School WA Bronze medal
Hadyn Tang Trinity Grammar School VIC Honourable mention
Guowen Zhang St Joseph’s College QLD Silver medal

 

The selection process for the team to represent Australia at the 2018 International Mathematical Olympiad is already underway. Students from across the country are preparing to sit important competitions during Term 3 including the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO) and the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC) Senior Contest.

Detailed results of the competition are located on the IMO official homepage.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO:
Kate O’Sullivan
Marketing and Communications Officer
Australian Mathematics Trust
02 6201 2663
kate.o’sullivan@amt.edu.au