March 18, 2004

Contact: Hongguo Xu, mathematics department, (785) 864-3005.

4 KU students win Mathematics Prize Competition

LAWRENCE -- Four winners in the 22nd annual University of Kansas Mathematics Prize Competition recently were announced by the KU mathematics department.

In the senior level, open to all undergraduates, Pedro Lei, senior in mathematics from Macau, won the $450 first prize. Previously he won second prize in the 2001 junior math competition and first in the 2002 senior competition. Andrew Womack, Overland Park senior in astronomy, won the $150 second prize.

In the junior-level competition, open to all undergraduates except seniors, Xiaobang Yue, sophomore in computer engineering from the Sichuan province of China, won the $300 first prize. He also won first prize in the 2003 junior competition. Jeff Bergfalk, Mission junior in mathematics, won the $100 second prize. In both 2001 and 2002, he won first prize in the junior competition.

The written examination for each competition consists of six questions that must be completed in six hours. The junior-level competition requires knowledge of first-year calculus. Senior-level contests may cover material in all undergraduate math courses. Nine contestants entered the senior-level competition and eight entered the junior competition, according to Hongguo Xu, associate professor of mathematics and competition coordinator.

Winning students, majors and year in school, parents' names and high schools, if available, are listed below by hometown:

From Mission
Jeff Bergfalk, junior in mathematics, son of Jan Hodgson; Pembroke Hill School graduate; second prize in junior-level competition.

From Overland Park
Andrew Womack, senior in astronomy, son of James and Kathleen Womack; Rockhurst High School graduate, Kansas City, Mo.; second prize in senior-level competition.

From Chindu, Sichuan
Xiaobang Yue, sophomore in computer engineering, son of Huanxun Yue; first prize in junior-level competition.

From Macau
Pedro Lei, senior in mathematics, son of Kok Hon Lei; first place in senior-level competition.


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