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Media Advisory 18-007

National Science Foundation spotlights young math superstars

NSF recognizes 2018 USA Mathematical Olympiad winners

Olympians holding American flag

U.S. team that competed in the 7th Annual European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in Italy.

May 31, 2018

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Members of the media are invited to the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday, June 4, for the recognition of 12 high school math student winners in the 47th USA Mathematical Olympiad part of the Mathematical Association of America American Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC) this spring. Also to be recognized are four members of the U.S. team that finished second in the 7th Annual European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in Italy this April, and six students who earned spots to represent the United States at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Romania in July.

NSF Chief Operating Officer Joan Ferrini-Mundy, a nationally recognized leader in mathematics education, will honor the winners, who will be formally announced by the MAA on Monday morning. She will be joined by Michael Pearson, executive director of the MAA.

The annual USA Mathematical Olympiad is the final invitational exam in a challenging series of MAA AMC competitions that had more than 300,000 student participants.

What: Mathematical Olympiad winners recognition

When: June 4, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with a short reception to follow

Where: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Who: NSF COO Joan Ferrini-Mundy, MAA Executive Director Michael Pearson, winners of the 47th Annual USA Mathematical Olympiad, members of the U.S. team that competed in the 7th Annual European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad, and members of the U.S. team that will compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad in July.

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