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Two HSMC Teams Recognized in the Regional Level of the Siemens Competition

San Marcos, TX – November 8, 2010
Two teams from the Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp (HSMC) competed this past weekend at the University of Texas at Austin in the regional level of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Going head to head against three other teams were the teams of:
  1.  Alexandra Ilic, Kevin Tian, and Ignacio Ramirez
  2. George Qi and Shenhao (Daniel) Wang
The five competitors were each rewarded with a $1,000 college scholarship for their original mathematics research. Ilic, Tian, Qi, and Wang are from Austin, while Ramirez hails from Forth Worth. All five students attended the 2010 HSMC conducted at Texas State University, and worked on research projects under the guidance of Texas State University mathematics faculty. Dr. Nathaniel Dean mentored the three-member team’s project titled, “On the Power Dominating Set of Various Classes of Graphs” and Dr. Weizhen Gu mentored Qi and Wang’s project of “Attainability of the chromatic numbers of functigraphs.”
After being selected as two of the top 30 team projects in the nation by the Siemens Competition, the teams were invited to compete in the regional competition held at UT-Austin. The busy weekend included a public poster session, a 12 -minute presentation, and a closed-door Q&A session with 10 judges.
Even though neither of the two teams advanced to the national level of the Siemens Competition, the students truly appreciated the experience and this first taste of mathematics research. “This experience has really whetted my appetite for research,” said Wang, a junior at Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin. “This competition was a phenomenal experience. I met a lot of new people and learned a lot of new things,” said Ilic, a junior at Westlake High School in Austin.
To date, the Mathworks HSMC has had 37 team projects recognized in the Siemens Competition, including 4 national finalist and 13 regional finalist teams.


(L to R): Alexandra Ilic, Nate Dean, Kevin Tian, and Ignacio Ramirez
(L to R): George Qi and Daniel Wang
2010 Siemens Regional Finalists
2010 Siemens Regional Finalists
Mathworks Director Max Warshauer participating in a
Research Symposium panel as part of the weekend's activities
Project mentor Nate Dean participating in a
Research Symposium panel as part of the weekend's activities  

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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.