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April 1, 2005
Contact: Hongguo Xu, mathematics department, (785) 864-3005.

5 KU students win $1,300 in prizes in annual math competition

LAWRENCE -- Five winners shared $1,300 in prizes in the 23rd annual University of Kansas Mathematics Prize Competition, held March 9.

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 and 2004 senior competitions. Jeff Bergfalk, Mission senior in English and mathematics, won the $150 second prize in senior-level competitions. Previously in the junior level he won first prize in 2001 and 2002 and second in 2004.

Brian Moehring, Olathe sophomore in mathematics and physics, won the $300 first prize in the junior-level competition, open to all undergraduates who are not seniors. Yujie Li, junior in biology, mathematics and molecular biosciences from the Guang Dong province of China, won the $100 junior-level second prize.

For his outstanding performance in the junior-level competitions as a KU undergraduate, Xiaobang Yue, now a senior in computer engineering from the Sichuan province of China, won a $300 special junior-level prize. Among his previous awards were first prize in the 2003 and 2004 junior competitions.

The written examination for each competition consists of six questions that must be completed in three hours. The junior-level competition requires knowledge of first-year calculus. Senior-level contests may cover material in all undergraduate math courses. Seven contestants entered the senior-level competition and 11 entered the junior competition, said 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, senior in English and mathematics, son of Jan Hodgson; Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, Mo.; $150 second prize in senior-level competition.

From Olathe
Brian Moehring, sophomore in mathematics and physics, son of Rick and Dene Moehring; Olathe South High School; $300 second prize in junior-level competition.

From Chindu, Sichuan
Xiaobang Yue, senior in computer engineering, son of Huanxun Yue; $300 special prize in junior-level competition.

From Macau
Pedro Lei, senior in mathematics, son of Kok Hon Lei; $450 first prize in senior-level competition.

From Shen Zhen, Guang Dong
Yujie Li, junior in biology, mathematics and molecular biosciences, daughter of Zhuo Cheng and Zhou Li; $100 second prize in junior-level competition.


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