MURRAY, Ky. (March 17, 2017) — Murray State University’s department of mathematics and statistics will host Math Day 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 28.
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.
Students will also get the chance to watch the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures.”