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Mathworks HSMC Team Places Fifth In Nationals Of Siemens Competition

San Marcos, TX - December 5, 2011
The Mathworks HSMC team of Andrew Xu, Kevin Tian, and Kevin Chang has placed fifth in the national level of this year's Siemens Competition!  The three will share a $20,000 college scholarship.  Their project, "Determining the Existence of Graceful Valuations of Various Families of Graphs," was mentored by Professor Edward Early of St. Edward's University.  Their project contributes important work towards the Graceful Tree Conjecture, one of the unsolved problems in graph labeling.  The team competed against five others December 1-5 in Washington D.C.

Xu, Tian, and Chang conducted their research during the 2011 Honors Summer Math Camp (HSMC) at Texas State University.  This is the fifth team from the program to advance to the national level of this prestigious research Competition. 


Xu, Chang, and Tian

Xu, Tian, and Chang at the national level of the 2011 Siemens Competition

About Mathworks

Mathworks is a center for innovative mathematics education programs 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
Launched in 1998 by the Siemens Foundation, the Siemens Competition is the nation's premier science research competition for high school students.  An all-time record of 2,436 students registered to enter the Siemens Competition this year for an unprecedented 1,541 projects submitted.  317 students were named semifinalists and 96 were named regional finalists, representing 21 states.  Entries are judged at the regional level by esteemed scientists at six leading research universities which host the regional competitions:  California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame and The University of Texas at Austin.