USF hosting math competition for high school students

Dec. 19, 2012 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Saint Francis will host the state’s only American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 10/12 for high school students in grades 9-12 on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the Pope John Paul II Center.

Activities will begin at 6 p.m. with food and refreshments, and the 75-minute test will follow. A program will be available to parents during the test, and the event will wrap up with awards. Depending upon scores, students may have a chance to advance to national-level competition.

An optional two-hour preparatory session will be offered in the Pope John Paul II Center on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. For additional practice materials, go to: To register for the competition, contact Carolyn Exner at or 260-399-8067.

First administered in 1950, the AMC's purpose is increasing interest in mathematics and developing problem-solving ability through a series of friendly mathematics competitions for junior (grades 8 and below) and senior (grades 9-12) high school students.

Statistics show mathematicians on the list of 10 most popular jobs in the USA, due to a shortage of qualified math educators, researches, statisticians, actuaries, commodities traders, quantitative and bank analysts, appraisers, designers, pollsters, epidemiologists, simulators and other specialists.

Mathematics builds quantitative skills, an ability to draw conclusions, problem-solving, analytical and logical thinking, logical reasoning and computational techniques. Real-world fields requiring such skills include social science, journalism, sociology, economics, psychology and human resources; data analysis and synthesis and quality control; planning, structuring and project material and inventory management; engineering; and the sciences.

Academically talented students in the competition who apply to the University of Saint Francis directly out of high school may receive merit scholarships ranging from $2,500-$9,000 over four years. The USF mathematics program integrates theoretical math and problem solving, providing a well-rounded preparation for future scientists, analysts, problem solvers and educators.

"We are excited to host this mathematics competition, and welcome this opportunity to provide an academic challenge in a university setting for young mathematicians," said Dr. Matt Smith, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


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