UNIST held an award ceremony to celebrate and recognize the individuals parcitipated in the 2018 UNIST Math Competition for Freshmen, which took place on November 15, 2018. Organized by the Department of Mathematical Sciences within the School of Natural Science at UNIST, this is the first competition held in the history of UNIST.
The ceremony, held in the Natural Science Building (108) on November 27, recognized seven outstanding students in the Division of General Studies at UNIST. This year’s grand prize has been awarded to JongMin Choi, as he earned the the highest score.
Both BeomHo Kim and SeHun Bang won the silver prize. JaeHyeok Lee has been awarded the Bronze prize, while JoonBeom Kim, Younghun Jung, and Sihyeon Kim won the participation award. Along with the individual awards, there was also a monetary prize of KRW 2 million, which has been raised by the faculty members in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at UNIST.
“I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award,” says JongMin Choi, who won the grand prize. “Reviewing the materials that I studied during my high school years, certainly helped me to win the award.” He adds, “Through this competition, I could once again realize the importance of mathematics, the basis of all science.”
“This competition is designed to foster a new generation of confident mathematical thinkers and motivate students to learn math,” says Director Chang-Yeol Jung of Mathematical Sciences Track. “Through this, we wanted to quench students’ thirst for advanced mathematics, while emphasizing the importance of mathematics.”
The ceremony has been also attended by Chair Professor Kook Joe Shin, Chair Professor Sungpyo Hong, and Chair Professor Hong oh Kim in the Division of General Studies at UNIST. In particular, Professor Hong, who majored in mechanical engineering and later changed to mathematics, notes that “Mathematics is the only armor that will keep you safe from the fast approaching Forth Industrial Revolution”.