2 Indian Americans Among Nat’l Mathematician Contestants

Vivek Miglani

Vivek Miglani

Two Indian American youths are among the ten contestants from across the country who have qualified for the 2014 national “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” contest, which will take place Jan. 16 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings here.

Vivek Miglani, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, loves computer programming and is currently developing a mobile app to help students prepare for math contests.

Shyam S. Narayanan, a junior at Blue Valley West High School in Kansas and the Center of Advanced Professional Studies, won the 2012 contest as a ninth grader and finished second in the 2013 contest. He discussed a math problem with President Obama after winning the Mathcounts National Written Championship.

The ten contestants were selected based on scores on two rounds of qualifying tests and will compete for up to $10,000 for themselves and their school’s math department.

Two thousand students took the first test, most of them online using Maple TA, which was provided courtesy of Maplesoft, the technology sponsor.

In addition to the cash prizes in the competition, there are also prizes donated by Texas Instruments, Maplesoft, John Wiley & Sons, and the AMS.

By Indiawest

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