UTC Mathematics Poster Competition

UTC Mathematics Poster Competition

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, the Department of Mathematics of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga held its tenth 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: Akhil Ujjna, East Hamilton Middle School
2nd place: Joshua Jackson, Ooltewah Middle School
3rd place: Lucy Cleveland and Mattie Purcell, Ooltewah Middle School
High school grades 9 and 10
1st place: Ben McDonough, McCallie School
2nd place: Cameron Dennis, CSAS
3rd place: Snehal Ujjina, Boyd-Buchanan School
High school grades 11 and 12
1st place: Shailey Shah, CSAS
2nd place: Joseph Azevedo and Joshua Lagria, East Hamilton High School
3rd place: Soteria Burks, Sharrah Burks, and Kenia Damian, East Hamilton High School
The next competition will be held in spring 2018. Interested students and teachers should contact Dr. Lucas van der Merwe at


Poster Competition Rules