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Texas State University Professors Mentor Award-Winning Research

San Marcos, TX - October 19, 2015

Eleven teams of students worked on original math/science research projects during the 2015 Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp program. This past weekend, some of the teams saw their hard work recognized by the prestigious nation-wide Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. These teams worked for six weeks over the summer with their mentors, and continued their research after the summer. Their projects ranged from abstract mathematical concepts to computer science modeling, and has applications from analyzing social networks to increasing energy efficiency of computer algorithms.

Four Mathworks teams were recognized in the Competition - three mentored by professors at Texas State University and one mentored by a professor at St. Edward's University.

Semifinalist Teams
1. Lillian Bu, Michelle Hamilton, and Nina Osipova - mentored by Ziliang Zong of the Texas State University Computer Science Department. "Energy-Aware Deep Learning for Image Recognition"

2. Hans Li, William Liu, and Kevin Rao - mentored by Edward Early at St. Edward's University. "A Combinatorial Proof for the Rank-Unimodality of Poset Order Ideals"

3. Christine Jou and Yagmur Yuksel - mentored by Ray Treinen of the Texas State Mathematics Department. "Clusters of Floating and Sessile Drops in the Absence of Gravity"

Regional Finalists (Advancing to the regional level for an opportunity to compete at the national level)
4. Eric Li, David Xiang, and Amber Lu - mentored by Lucas Rusnak of the Texas State Mathematics Department. "Signed Path Matrices and Oriented Hypergraphic Generalizations"

More than 1,700 students across the nation submitted a project, and only 422 students received awards in the Competition.

"The Siemens Foundation established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology in 1999. The Competition is the nation’s premiere science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students' understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines."