MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s department of mathematics and statistics will host Math Day 2017 on March 28 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. High school students and teachers from the 18-county service region will gather on campus for a day of math competitions and math-related activities. The event will include 11 high schools and 242 registered students and faculty.
Students participating in Math Day will begin the morning with a math competition, consisting of two different exams. The lower-level exam, geared toward freshman and sophomore students, will include questions on algebra and geometry. The upper-level exam for juniors and seniors will contain questions on trigonometry, in addition to other upper-level high school material, such as calculus, probability and statistics.
Awards will be given to the top-performing students on each exam level and to the top performing school. Additionally, the top three students in the upper-level exam will be eligible for a scholarship from the mathematics and statistics department.
Students will also take part in the inaugural Jesse D. Jones Lecture Series, which is titled “Got Problems? Mathematicians Can Solve Them!” and will feature a panel of students and alumni. During the panel, high school students will be able to ask current Murray State undergraduates, graduate students and alumni questions about pursuing a career in mathematics.
“The name mathematics is not in many job titles and so it is difficult to know what careers are possible with a mathematics major or minor,” stated Dr. Ed Thome, chair of the mathematics and statistics department at Murray State. “Participation in Math Day is the beginning of this search for what you can do with mathematics and how to get there.”
Students will also get the chance to watch the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures.”
“The response to Math Day at Murray State has been overwhelmingly positive within our 18-county service region,” said Dr. Steve Cobb, dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. “This event would not be possible without the efforts of Dr. Elizabeth Donovan, event coordinator, department chair Dr. Ed Thome and all of the mathematics faculty who played a role in planning and organizing the day’s activities. We are also extremely grateful to Dr. Jesse D. Jones for his support in making this event possible.”
Math Day 2017 at Murray State University is funded in part by a Murray State Strategic Plan grant as well as generous funding from Jesse D. Jones, the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, the department of mathematics and statistics and the Murray State student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics. Additional information is available at murraystate.edu/mathday.