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Schulz Earns Top Prize in Schmidt Freshman Mathematics Contest

October 3, 2013

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Freshman Math Contest Winners: Recognized for achieving high scores in this year’s Alfred R. Schmidt Freshman Mathematics Competition were (front row, from left) Anne Leonhard, Christian Schulz, and Ben Stevens. In the back row (from left) are competition organizer John Rickert, PhD, Pi Mu Epsilon leaders Tyler Nuanes and Lorena Maxwell, and competition participants Lujia Zhang and Robert Fleishel.

Computer science student Christian Schulz earned first-place honors in the 25th Alfred R. Schmidt Freshman Mathematics Competition at Rose-Hulman. Awards were presented September 21 during the Department of Mathematics’ homecoming reception.

Schulz had the most correct answers out of six problems in the two-hour exam, administered to 28 freshman students September 10 on campus. He received a book, a copy of Math Horizons magazine, and $20.

Tying for second place were Kiattipong Damrangwet, an electrical engineering major; Will Klauser, a civil engineering major; and Ian Ludden, a computer engineering major. Each student received a book, copy of Math Horizons, and $10.

Third place was award to Anne Leonhard, a chemical engineering major, and Andrew Miller, a computer science major.

Earning meritorious mention recognition were Dustin George, Daniel Hartung, Conner Kispert, Benjamin Kulbago, Haolin Liu, Jier Shen, Ben Stevens, Scott Szatkowski, Xiaomo Wang, and Xinyu Xiao. Honorable mention honors were given to Ajibayo Adeyeye, David Caggiano, Tyler Cunningham, Angela Hanson, Robert Hendrickson, Xiangyu Liu, and Stephen Rasp.

Other students participating were Robert Fleishel, Raghuraj Hoshing, Xiaoyin Ling, Ishank Tandon, and Lujia Zhang.

The annual competition was started in 1989 to honor Schmidt, a 1949 Rose-Hulman graduate who served as a mathematics professor at his alma mater from 1949 to 1995.

This year’s problems were compiled by mathematics professors Timothy All, PhD, and John Rickert, PhD. Grading the test were Wayne Tarrant, PhD, All, and Rickert. Leaders of Rose-Hulman’s Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society helped present the honors.