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Five HSMC Student Projects Receive Awards in the Siemens Competition

San Marcos, TX - October 21, 2011
The first round of results in the 2011 Siemens Competition have been announced!  Fourteen students representing five research projects that were conducted during the 2011 Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp (HSMC) have received awards in the Competition.  This continues the HSMC's tradition of advanced students working with Texas State University faculty mentors, conducting original mathematics research.  Congratulations to all the students, and special thanks to the mentors!
(Will be advancing to the regional level of the Competition)

"On the Acyclic Subgraphs of k-majority Tournaments"
Alexandra Ilic, Bobby Shen, and Lilly Shen
Mentor: Professor Jian Shen (TXST Math Department)

"Determining the Existence of Graceful Valuations of Various Families of Graphs"
Kevin Tian, Kevin Chang, and Andrew Xu
Mentor: Professor Edward Early (St Edward's University Math Department)


"A Generalization of Sperner's Theorem for Multisets"
Steven Chen, Amy Kang, and Jeremy Kalas
Mentor: Professor Eugene Curtin (TXST Math Department)

"Computing Spatio-Temporal Data with Applications to Hurricane Analysis"
Ding Zhou and Jessica Wang
Mentor: Professor Mark McKenney (TXST Computer Science Department)

"A Mathematical Model of Structural Behaviors and Physical Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites"
George Qi, Catherine Liu, and Linda Zhang
Mentor: Professor Gary Beall (TXST Chemistry & Biochemistry Department)


The Regional Finalists will be competing at one of six Siemens Competition partnering universities in the coming weeks.  Winners from each regional competition will advance to the National Finals in Washington D.C.
Over the past 11 years, 42 research projects conducted by HSMC students have been recognized by the Siemens Competition.

About Mathworks
Mathworks is a mathematics education center at Texas State University - San Marcos with core programs of Summer Math Camps, Teacher Training and Curriculum Development. The Mathworks Junior Summer Math Camp and Honors Summer Math Camp are nationally recognized as one of the premier programs in the country.  For more information about the camps, and other Mathworks programs, see
About the Siemens Competition 

The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. It is administered by The College Board and funded by the Siemens Foundation.  Up to 300 projects from almost 2,000 submissions are recognized as Semifinalists, while the top 30 individual and 30 team projects are invited to compete in the Regional Competitions, held at six partner universities.