Math Club Wins First Place (Twice) in the 2013 NYSMATYC Competition

June 4, 2013 | Queensborough Community College

Each semester, QCC’s Math Club participates in two math contests, one led by the New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (NYSMATYC), and another organized by the American Math Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC).

This spring, QCC won first place—out of 30 participating community colleges– in the NYSMATYC competition, which was held at participating colleges across New York State. The top scoring students are Cheng Jin, 3rd place in New York State, Jiazhe Chen, 6th place; Nahyun Kim, 7th place; and Bo Rong, 11th place.

NYSMATYC also combines the spring 2013 with the fall 2012 scores to produce combined scores.  Again, Queensborough came in first place in New York State out of 34 participating community colleges.  The highest scores were achieved by students Seong Ju Ham, 7th place in New York State; Nahyun Kim, 11th place; and Jerry Lee, 14thplace.

Dr. Howard Sporn of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department and a faculty advisor/coach for the Math Club said, “I’m tremendously proud of our students who have clearly demonstrated the ability to compete under pressure, deftly solving algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability, and logic problems.”

In the American Mathematical Association of Two-year Colleges (AMATYC) spring 2013 contest, QCC came in fourth place in the Northeast Region out of 23 participating community colleges. Top scorers for the Northeast Region were students Bo Rong and Seong Ham who placed 11th and 14th respectively.

Like NYSMATYC, AMATYC also combines the spring 2013 with the fall 2012 scores to produce total scores.  QCC came in second place in the Northeast Region out of 23 colleges participating.  A top scorer was student Seong Ham, who came in first place in the Northeast Region.

Dr. Robert Holt, another faculty member of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, served along with Dr. Sporn as mentor and coach.