RAPID CITY, S.D. (May 9, 2014) – More than 400 area middle
and high students from western South Dakota and Nebraska will converge on the
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus, Monday, May 12, for the
64th annual West River Math Contest with the hope that their calculated moves
will launch them into mathematics stardom.
Sponsored by the School of Mines, the contest begins at 9:30
a.m. with a campus welcome at the King Center. Five exams follow – Algebra I,
Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Math and The Masters Exam – all for a coveted
award, given to the top five individuals in each exam and the top team in each
class, presented at a 1:30 p.m. awards ceremony.
And winning an award is no easy feat. “This test is not multiple-choice so students can’t just guess in
order to score well, very few contests like this are graded by hand and there
are very few regional academic competitions,” Kyle Riley, Ph.D., department head and associate
professor of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, explains.
Riley’s commitment is no less commendable. “There are countless
hours spent in preparation of this contest along with the editing the exams,
printing costs, and coordinating proctors to supervise administration of the
tests.” The mathematics and computer department writes
the test, the faculty grades them, and Julie Dahl, assistant professor in the
department coordinates with teachers and compiles the results.
But at the end of the day, it’s worth it for Riley. “Our mission
is to promote mathematics and recognize excellence,” and this year’s contest
promises to do just that.
For information on donating to support the West River Math Contest,
please contact the SDSM&T Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or (605)
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines &
Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid
City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university
enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is
$62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on
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