Ohio Wesleyan Wins 2013 ‘Four Colleges Mathematics Competition’

Student-Participants Have Two Hours to Answer Set of Challenging Problems
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Three teams of Ohio Wesleyan students participated in the Feb. 9 ‘Four Colleges Mathematics Competition, with an OWU team winning this year’s contest. Shown here are participants Nam Duy Nguyen (from left), Zijie Poh, Michelle Storms, and Ian Skoch. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Nunemacher)

Three teams of Ohio Wesleyan students participated in the Feb. 9 ‘Four Colleges Mathematics Competition, with an OWU team winning this year’s contest. Shown here are participants Nam Duy Nguyen (from left), Zijie Poh, Michelle Storms, and Ian Skoch. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Nunemacher)

DELAWARE, Ohio – A team of Ohio Wesleyan University students has won the 2013 “Four College Mathematics Competition” held this month in Springfield, Ohio.

The annual contest involves two- and three-person teams from Ohio Wesleyan University, Denison University, Kenyon College, and Wittenberg University working for two hours to solve a set of math problems created by an outside examiner.

“It’s been going for over 50 years,” Jeffrey Nunemacher, an Ohio Wesleyan professor of mathematics and computer science, said of the competition. “There is no particular training for the contest. Success comes from learning more mathematics, often in courses.”

Members of this year’s winning team are Ohio Wesleyan seniors Ethan Chapman of Little Falls, N.J.; Zijie Poh of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Ian Skoch of Rocky River, Ohio.

The 2013 competition was held Feb. 9 at Wittenberg and included 11 teams.

Also representing Ohio Wesleyan in the competition were junior Cameron Burger of Great Falls, Va.; freshman Nam Tran Hoang of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; senior Nam Duy Nguyen of Hanoi, Vietnam; sophomore Da Shen of Changsha, Hunan, China; and senior Michelle Storms of Highland Lakes, N.J.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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