School of Applied Mathematics professors stand out at 58th International Mathematical Olympiad
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the largest, oldest and most prestigious science Olympiad for High School students. The first edition of the IMO took place back in 1959 in Romania, featuring seven participating countries. The 2017 edition, held between July 16 and 22 in Rio de Janeiro, featured more than 600 High School students from 114 countries.
During the 2017 IMO, competitors must individually take two exams over two consecutive days, solving three problems each day. The exams are simultaneously scored by each country’s lead professors and a Coordination Group with approximately 80 people (mostly college professors).
Luciano Castro, professor from FGV’s School of Applied Mathematics (EMAp), played a key role leading the Coordination Group and the team responsible for selecting all 32 problems from which the exams’ questions were chosen. In addition to Luciano, EMAp professors Eduardo Wagner, Hugo Cruz and Paulo Cezar Carvalho were also part of the Coordination Group.
This year’s winner was the South Korean team, and all of its six members received the gold medal. Brazil ranked 37th.
The texts of all problems and results obtained by each country’s students are available at the 2017 IMO website.