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Four HSMC student projects recognized by the Siemens Competition

San Marcos, TX - October 22, 2010

Four student research projects that were conducted during the 2010 Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp (HSMC) have received awards in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology.  This continues the HSMC's tradition of advanced students working with university faculty mentors, conducting original mathematics research.  Congratulations to all the students, and special thanks to the mentors!


  • George Qi and Daniel Wang, "Attainability of the chromatic numbers of functigraphs," mentor Dr. Weizhen Gu, Texas State mathematics department.
  • Alexandra Ilic, Ignacio Ramirez, and Kevin Tian, "On the Power Dominating Set of Various Classes of Graphs," mentor Dr. Nathaniel Dean, Texas State mathematics department.


  • Sophia (Wen) Chu and Sumit Gogia, " An Application of Subsampling Quantile Estimators to Image Denoising," mentor Dr. Alex White, Texas State mathematics department.
  • Patrick Kim and Michael Proulx, "On Relating the Prime-counting and Totient Functions to Pigeonhole Goldbach Partitions," mentor Dr. Edward Early, St. Edward's University mathematics 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 10 years, 37 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.