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Who Wants To Be A Mathematician

"I am sure I can speak for everyone involved when I say that this was the best math competition we have ever been a part of. Many thanks to all of you for that wonderful happening."

Erica Lin won $3,000 playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the National Math Festival in Washington, DC on April 18. Here's Erica just after the game. Also see another recent winner, John Perino, who won $3,000 when the game took place at Providence College on April 14.

Sam Korsky (Glenbrook North HS in IL) won the 2015 national championship at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio. See and hear Sam talk about his victory.

You can see all the action here or on our videos page.


2015 National WWTBAM contestants

(Photo: Laurie Rush, Goen South)

Meet the contestants who participated in the game (listed below and pictured above):

  • Michael An (NC)
  • Tomas Choi (CA)
  • Nicholas Diaco (FL)
  • John DiCarlo (TX)
  • Sam Korsky (IL)
  • Michael Kural (CT)
  • Shyam Narayanan (KS)
  • Zen Tang (AR)
  • Shreya Thipireddy (TX)
  • David Xu (DE)
  • Jesse Zhang (CO)

More than 200 students nationwide took part in the second round of qualifying for the 2015 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. Most took the test online using Maple T.A. from the game's technology sponsor Maplesoft. Here's the Round 2 test with answers. Students who scored eight or better in the first round moved on to the second round.

The most recent Who Wants to Be a Mathematician took place at the 2014 Arnold Ross Lecture in Salt Lake City.

2014 USAMO Stars: Of the 23 people who were selected for USAMO (USA Mathematical Olympiad) Top 12 and Honorable Mention, six were involved in Who Wants to Be a Mathematician in the 2013-14 school year. In the Top 12 were David Stoner, who participated in the game at the College of Charleston Math Meet, and Kevin Sun, who was a contestant at the 2014 national contest. Receiving Honorable Mention were Samuel Korsky (Fall 2013 Arnold Ross Lecture), Sammy Luo (2014 national contest), who won a gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad, Shyam Narayanan (2014 national contest), and Ashwin Sah (Oregon Invitational Math Tournament at Oregon State University). Congratulations to them! See the names of all the USAMO honorees. The USAMO is a program of the Mathematical Association of America.

Below is information about the 2014 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.

David Vogan and Vivek Miglani

Vivek Miglani won the 2014 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. Vivek is pictured above accepting the trophy from AMS President David Vogan. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker.)

Here are the names of the 10 qualifiers who participated in Baltimore:

  • Patrick Guo, Westwood High School, TX
  • Sammy Luo, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
  • Clark Lyons, High Technology High School, NJ
  • Vivek Miglani, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, FL
  • Emily Mu, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
  • Shyam Narayanan, Blue Valley West High School, KS
  • Tahsin Saffat, Westview High School, OR
  • Kevin Sun, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
  • Jesse Zhang, Fairview High School, CO and
  • Dennis Zhao, Montgomery Blair High School, MD

See photos and more information about the contestants.

Both the semifinals and finals took place at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. If you didn't make it to Baltimore, you can still watch the game here. More than 2000 students took the test, mostly online using Maple TA. See the Round Two test with answers and the Round One test with answers.

Find out more about the national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.

In the AMS game Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, high school students compete for cash and prizes by answering multiple choice mathematics questions. The cash prize in each game is donated by the AMS. Other prize donors are: Texas Instruments, Maplesoft Inc., and John Wiley & Sons.

What are former contestants up to nowadays? Read about what some former contestants are doing.

The game is a program of the AMS Public Awareness Office and was developed by Mike Breen (AMS Public Awareness Officer) and Bill Butterworth (DePaul University ).

Augusta GA game Archive: Read about past performances of the game.

Videos: Watching the game, and playing along, is a great activity for a math club or for individuals who want to match wits with the contestants.

Sample: If you'd like a PowerPoint file with sample questions, email the Public Awareness Office (paoffice at ams dot org) with the subject line: "wwtbam sample round."

At Providence College Students enjoying a game of Who Wants To Be A Mathematician