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Citadel News Service

For Release
April 14, 2005

Cadets win SIAM-SEAS math jeopardy contest

  Cadets Shwana Hartman, Kevin Young, Jui-Chian Chen and Pisut Muangsamai.
  From left to right:  Cadets Shawna Hartman, Kevin Young, Jui-Chian Chen and Pisut Muangsamai.

While some students spend spring break at the beach, a team of cadets stayed in Charleston where they placed first in the 29th Annual Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Southeast Atlantic Section (SIAM-SEAS) math jeopardy contest. The annual conference was hosted jointly by The Citadel and the College of Charleston March 25-26.

Like the popular game show “Jeopardy,” the math jeopardy contest requires the participants to choose questions from different categories. Students chose from four topics: calculus I and II, linear algebra, differential equations and computer science. Math majors, Jui-Chian Chen and Shawna Hartman, and physics majors, Pisut Muangsamai and Kevin Young, were awarded the $250 first place prize as well as a first place medal, a certificate and a book entitled “Mathematics: Queen and Servant of Science” by E.T. Bell.

SIAM is a research and educational society that serves as a link among scientists, engineers, applied mathematicians and students. Approximately 181 applied mathematicians, engineers, professors and students from 49 colleges and universities, companies and national laboratories participated in the conference.