22nd International Mathematics Competition for University Students

Friday 9th October, 2015

Dr Radostin Simitev accompanied Ciaran O'Neill, Eamon Quinlan, Ivaylo Valkov and Lavinia Bulai, students from the School, to represent the University of Glasgow at the 22nd International Mathematics Competition for University Students http://www.imc-math.org.uk.

Our team ranked in 56th place just below Yale and Universitat de Valencia in a competition with 330 students from 73 teams representing different universities or nations from across the globe. The 2015 IMC took place from 27 July to 2 Aug 2015 at the American University in Bulgaria in the 40C scorching heat of the southern Bulgarian city of Blagoevgrad. Over two "competition" days the young mathematicians worked to solve 10 difficult problems from the fields of Real and Complex Analysis, Algebra, Geometry and Combinatorics. The problems were selected out of over 60 original questions posed by a 50-strong international Jury of practising mathematicians. The winners from St Petersburg State University and other top scoring teams had extensive experience of preparing and participating in mathematical olympiads including a long tradition of taking part in the IMC, in some cases since its very inception back in 1993. Against this backdrop our team achieved a very respectable result and made many mathematical friends. In addition, our team which took part in the Competition for a very first time gained valuable experience and insight that could help achieve a step increase in results in subsequent competitions.

Congratulations everyone and well done for the team effort!