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Register for UNM-PNM state-wide mathematics contest

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By Special to the Monitor

The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2009-2010 school year. The goal of the contest is to promote mathematics education in New Mexico by rewarding students, teachers and their schools for mathematics excellence. Approximately 1,500 New Mexico students benefit from this program annually.

The contest is open to all students in grades seven-12 as well as students in lower grades who are taking a high school level math class.  Students who are younger than seventh grade and wish to compete will be placed in the seventh and eighth grade category.  All other students will compete with students in their grade level category.  The following are the grade level categories:  seventh-eighth grade, ninth grade, 10th grade, 11th grade and 12th grade.

The contest is administered in two rounds.  Round I exam will take place from 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 7 at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School.  The following Saturday, volunteers and UNM teachers will grade the exams at UNM.  The top 200 finalists are then invited to UNM on Feb. 6 to compete in Round II.

Los Alamos High School will administer the Round I in Room C-2.  This will include only ninth -12th grade students.   Each student will need to bring several #2 pencils.  No calculators are allowed.  Scratch paper will be provided.  Students may sign up in the Math Office, Room B-4.  There is a $3 fee due at sign up.  Deadline for signing up is Nov. 4.  Contact Karen McCullough for any questions at 663-2510, ext. 3040 or by email at k.mccullough@laschools.net.

Los Alamos Middle School will give the test for seventh- and eighth-graders, as well as any interested grade school students.  Round 1 will be given in the LAMS library.  Students should arrive at 8:50 a.m. with several pencils.  Sign up with Mrs. Beckett, eighth grade math teacher, by Nov. 4.  For more information, call 663-2383 or e-mail at g.beckett@laschools.net.

More information about the contest as well as former exams and solutions can be accessed at the contest web site: www.math.unm.edu/math_contest/contest.html.