MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s department of mathematics and statistics will host Math Day 2018 on Jan. 30. High school students and teachers from the University’s 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 257 registered students and faculty.

“Mathematics is problem solving and encompasses much more than what one sees in algebra and calculus,” said Dr. Ed Thome, chair of the mathematics and statistics department. “Participation in Math Day will open the door to some of these areas and give some insight into what students can do with mathematics and how to get there.”

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 algebra and geometry questions. The upper-level exam for juniors and seniors will contain  trigonometry questions in addition to other upper-level high school material, such as calculus, probability and statistics. A team competition will take place during the event as students work in teams to complete as many hands-on math-related activities as possible in the time allotted.

Awards will be given to the top-performing students on each exam level, to the top-performing teams in the team competition and to the top-performing school overall. Additionally, the top three juniors and seniors in the upper-level exam will be eligible for a scholarship from the mathematics and statistics department at Murray State.

Students will also take part in the Second Annual Jesse D. Jones Lecture Series — titled “What Can I Actually Do with a Math Degree?” — that will feature a panel of students, faculty and alumni. During the panel, high school students will be able to ask questions about pursuing a career in mathematics.

“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; Dr. Ed Thome, department chair; 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 2018 at Murray State University is funded by Dr. Jesse D. Jones; the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology; the department of mathematics and statistics; and the student chapter of Murray State’s Association for Women in Mathematics. Visit for additional information.


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