CSM Students in Math League of Their Own

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Team Placed First in State, 32nd in Nation in Round 1 of Competition

            The College of Southern Maryland Math Team placed first in the state out of 10 colleges and second in the mid-Atlantic region out of 15 schools from Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia in Round 1 of the annual Student Math League competition hosted by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC).

            In national rankings, CSM placed 32nd out of 175 colleges, up from 68th place nationally in 2011.  

            Four students placed individually in the competition. Alexander Tyo, of La Plata, placed third in Maryland and seventh in the region; William A. Harris of Lexington Park, placed fourth in Maryland and ninth in the region; Timothy Kaniss, of Hollywood, placed seventh in Maryland and 15th in the region; and Jesse Higgins, of Lexington Park, placed eighth in Maryland and 16th in the region.

            We did very well—we have a lot of students that are very smart, creative problem solvers,” said CSM Mathematics Professor Steven Hundert.

            The Student Mathematics League was founded in 1970 by Nassau Community College in New York. In 1981 the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges assumed sponsorship. The League has grown to more than 180 colleges in more than thirty-five states as well as Bermuda. There are two competitions each year in the fall and spring semesters, and scores are tabulated to give overall results for the academic year.

            CSM’s Student Math League was formed in 1998 with 10 members. Each semester approximately 75 students take a nationally standardized test with the top five scores added to form the team score which is used in ranking CSM among other colleges in the state, region and nation.

            Round 2 of the Student Math League Competition will be March 1.

            For information on CSM’s STEM programs of study, visit http://www.csmd.edu/istem/.

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