For 49 years, our department has run the Talent search program, designed
to find and encourage youngsters with mathematical abilities. Over the recent years, the program has been administered by Martin Isaacs and Donald Passman. It is supported by the Van Vleck family foundation
which also provides funding for the top prize, a $24,000 scholarship to UW-Madison. The program is advertised through schools and the departmental web page.
Interested high and middle school students may contact the organizers
to receive a set of difficult mathematics problems to work on, and then
mail their solutions to us. Typically, about 100-200 students participate in a given year.
The best performers are recognized at the annual Honors day at the department.
Many of the winners of the Talent Search Van Vleck scholarship
have been true superstars. Most notably, these have included
, who is now a postdoc in mathematics at Stanford, and the three Loh siblings: Po-Shen,
Po-Ru and Po-Ling. The eldest, Po-Shen
, has a Princeton PhD and is an Assistant
Professor at Carnegie-Mellon. Po-Ru
is now a graduate student in applied math at MIT,
and the youngest, Po-Ling
, is a statistics graduate student at Berkeley.
But it is not necessary to be a winner to benefit from the program.
Many more students win by being exposed to interesting and beautiful
mathematics and by building their confidence in their abilities.
Honors Day Participants
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|Andrew Cronin|| Hamilton High School|
|Arjun Dhillon|| Fort Atkinson High School|
|Brendan DuBois|| Monroe Virtual School|
|Araminta Gwynne|| Lodi Area High School|
|Thomas Hameister|| Neenah High School|
|Alex Knoespel|| Southwest High School|
|Sarah Kotnik|| Cedarburg High School|
|Kijung Kwak|| Walden III Middle School|
|Willard Kwak|| Walden III High School, Racine|
|Max Luck|| Appleton West High School|
|Brian Luo|| Jefferson Middle School, Madison|
|Blake Nigh|| Neenah High School|
|Sohil Shah|| Madison Memorial High School|
|Evan Thompson|| Hamilton High School|
|David Yuan|| Osceola High School|
|Wentong Zhang|| Whitefish Bay High School|
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Three students had perfect scores on the scholarship exam, so they
were awarded scholarships jointly:
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on the talent search program.