Akamai Foundation Awards Country's Top High School Math Students With $45,000
In College Scholarships
Foundation provides annual support for the Mathematical Association of America
(MAA) and its premier competition - the U.S.A. Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 30, 2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Akamai Foundation today
announced that it has awarded three high school math students with
scholarships for their placement in the recent U.S.A. Mathematical Olympiad.
An awards ceremony for the forty-second USAMO winners will be held on June
3^rd in Washington D.C. at the United States Department of State. Following
the awards ceremony, the winners will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to
participate in theMathematical Olympiad Summer Program(MOSP) for in-depth
training in mathematical problem solving.
The Akamai Foundation, established in 2000 by Akamai Technologies, Inc.
(NASDAQ: AKAM) and funded solely through donations from Akamai employees and
individuals outside the company, promotes mathematics education in grades K-12
and the pursuit of excellence in mathematics to encourage America's next
generation of technology innovators.
The Akamai Foundation presented Akamai Scholarships to the top three winners
of this year's competition, the most prestigious math competition in the
country for high school students. Robert (Bobby) Shen of Dulles High School,
Sugar Land, Texas, will receive a $20,000 scholarship for first place; Zhouqun
(Alex) Song of Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, will receive
$15,000 for second place; and Calvin Deng of North Carolina School
Science/Math, Durham, North Carolina, will receive $10,000 for third place.
These top three scorers are among the country's most talented mathematicians.
It is from among the USAMO finalists that the United States team, that
competes each summer in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), is
The USAMO is a six-question, two-day, 9 hour essay/proof examination. The
USAMO provides a means of identifying and encouraging the most creative
secondary mathematics students in the country. It serves to indicate the
talent of those who may become leaders in the mathematical sciences of the
next generation. The USAMO is part of a worldwide system of national
mathematics competitions, a movement in which both educators and research
mathematicians are engaged in recognizing and celebrating the imagination and
resourcefulness of our youth.
In addition to providing scholarships to USAMO winners, the Akamai Foundation
helped the MAA fund and send a team of four female mathematicians of school
age to the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO), which took place in
April of this year. All four of the U.S. female mathematicians medaled at the
event, and the U.S. team tied Serbia and Belarus for first place.
"Math innovation has always been, and continues to be, at the heart of
Akamai's mission," said Tom Leighton, CEO and co-founder, Akamai. "We
congratulate this year's winners, as well as all of the participants in the
USAMO and the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad. The Akamai Foundation is
committed to helping promote mathematics education and to encouraging and
inspiring the next generation of technology innovators and leaders."
"We are most appreciative of the Akamai Foundation's continued willingness to
devote significant support to this important event," said Michael Pearson,
executive director of the Mathematical Association of America. "We are
striving to make our country's success in mathematics, and the public's
interest, rise to new heights. This support will help us to increase the
awareness and success of U.S. math students."
About the MAA
The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society of
college and university mathematics teachers in the world. The MAA's 15,000
members include two- and four-year college, university, and graduate school
faculty, high school teachers, government and corporate workers, research
mathematicians, as well as graduate and undergraduate students.
About the Akamai Foundation
The Akamai Foundation was established in 2000 by Akamai Technologies, Inc. and
is funded solely by Akamai executives, its employees and individuals outside
the company. The Akamai Foundation is dedicated to excellence in mathematics,
with the aim of promoting math's importance and encouraging America's next
generation of technology innovators.
Jeff Young The Akamai Foundation
Media Relations --or--
SOURCE Akamai Technologies, Inc.
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