Owls Complete 14-Hour Contest

Armed with laptops, a whiteboard, comfortable clothes, and assorted snacks, seniors Amar Kanakamedala, Jeffrey Liu, Henry Yu, Lou Zhou, and junior Evan Wu sequestered themselves for 14 continuous hours March 3 to compete in the MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge, an online contest with $100,000 in scholarships at stake. They completed a research paper titled "Riding into the Future: Evaluating E-Bikes." 
Math modeling refers to the process of creating a mathematical representation of a real-world scenario to make a prediction or provide insight. Math Instructor Steve Gadbois is the faculty sponsor. 

This is the second competition for Zhou, who was the driving force behind Owl participation in 2023. 

“This year I was looking to build off the strong foundation we set last year, and I think we did that,” Zhou said. “Working with this group has been incredible; their constant dedication and drive in preparing for this competition have been unmatched. I’m excited to see what happens both with the results for this competition and with next year’s team.”

Finalists, semifinalists, and honorable mentions will be announced by the end of March.

The MUS math modeling team has advanced to the second round of judging and remains a contender for a team prize of between $1,000 and $20,000. Only 168 of the 650 teams that submitted viable solution papers – about 25% – were selected to advance to the second round of judging. Go, Owls!