George Mason to Host Math Olympics

Posted: May 21, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo

For the second time in history, the United States will host the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The three-day event will take place on George Mason’s Fairfax Campus beginning July 4.

The competition features 500 of the most talented high school-aged mathematicians from more than 80 countries. Opening ceremonies will be followed by two days of individual problem solving, as the students work on six challenging math problems. Students are required to present their solutions as essay-style proofs, similar to those produced by research mathematicians.

Grading the papers will take several days, during which the students will tour Washington-area museums and historical sites. The IMO was last held in the United States in 1981. The international math competition began in Romania in 1959 with seven eastern European countries. America has scored among the top five teams for 21 of 24 years competing in the Olympiad.

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