UTC Mathematics Poster Competition

UTC Mathematics Poster Competition

On Monday March 7, 2016, the Department of Mathematics of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga held its ninth annual Mathematics Poster Competition with the theme "Math in the Modern World." Over 135 students from eight local middle- and high schools submitted 91 posters for consideration by the judges who represented several UTC academic departments; electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and mathematics. While the judging part of the competition took place, students and teachers attended a talk by Dr. Matt Matthews, highlighting some crazy phenomena happening in the world of numbers. After that, students and teachers joined in a campus tour organized by Dr. Ethan Carver.

We were extremely pleased with the quality of work submitted by students this year. Posters varied in perspectives from building a sphere with small triangles and then calculating the volume, to explaining the numbers inside popular games like baseball and basketball, and almost everything in between.

Thanks to all the teachers who worked with their students and made the extra efforts to bring their students to the competition. Also, a special thanks to the judges, Dean Elwell, Dr. Matt Matthews, Dr. Ethan Carver, and other faculty members.

The following prizes were awarded.


Middle school grades 6, 7, and 8
1st place: Ella Stidham and Emma Stidham, CSAS
2nd place: Alec Deckman and Angel Chong, East Hamilton Middle School
3rd place: Rhyan Devine, Peyton Schrock, and Ian Wilson, East Hamilton Middle School
4th place: Lei Hanna, Saim Bhimji, and Andrew Hoffman, East Hamilton Middle School
High school grades 9 and 10
1st place: Siwoo Lim, Berean Academy
2nd place: Andrew Harmon, Berean Academy
3rd place: Andrew Landsbergen, McCallie School
4th place: Hope McDonald, Berean Academy
High school grades 11 and 12
1st place: John Paul Thompson, Miguel Vaga, and Richard Vuong, Hixson High School
2nd place: Madalyn Hembree and Dominique Olsen, East Hamilton High School
3rd place: Rachel Christopher, East Hamilton High School
4th place: Alex Condra, Sam Green, and Leila Lin, Hixson High School
The next competition will be held in spring 2017. Interested students and teachers should contact Dr. Lucas van der Merwe at


Poster Competition Rules