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Awards ceremony of the “Mathematics is My Passion” competition

28 February 2013

The third “Mathematics is My Passion” competition has come to an end. The official awards ceremony, during which this year’s winners were honoured, took place in the Hall of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department of the University of Łódź on February 27th, 2013 at 10:15 a.m. The laureates were awarded by the Chancellor of the University of Łódź, Professor Włodzimierz Nykiel and Marek Gajowniczek, Cross Functional Director in Ericpol.

Nearly 2,500 students from 144 middle and high schools located in Łódź Province took part in this year’s competition, thus setting a new record for the number of participants in the contest’s history. Young mathematicians had come to compete from many towns all over the entire province, including Drzewica, Gomunice, Łask, Łódź, Piotrków Trybunalski, Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Sieradz, Skierniewice, Sokolniki, Opoczno, Zduńska Wola and Rozprza. Top places in the list of contestants from secondary schools were taken by students from the towns of Bełchatów and Piotrków Trybunalski.

The final round of the competition for middle school students took place on February 5th, 2013 in the Secondary School of the University of Łódź. Twenty-four winning students (five of them having scored top results) will be awarded 5 additional points each during their high school recruitment process. A total of 40 middle school students from Łódź competed in the final round. High school students competed in the final round on February 6th in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department of the University of Łódź. From among 108 participants, the jury selected 12 winners and 36 contestants to be awarded with distinctions. The city of Łódź was represented by 31 students, including two winners and 12 distinguished contestants.

“Mathematics is My Passion” is a mathematics contest with several levels of difficulty (three stages). The winners were awarded with valuable prizes, such as notebooks, tablets and photographic cameras. Additionally, prizes for Best Middle School and Best High School students were awarded courtesy of the competition’s patrons: the Chief Education Officer in Łódź, and Jolanta Chełmińska, Governor of Łódź Province. The competition is organized in partnership with the Mathematics and Computer Science Department of the University of Łódź, the “Righteous among the Nations” Secondary School of the University of Łódź, and the Education Office in Łódź. Owing to the participation of the Education Office in the event, winners of the competition for middle school students are awarded with additional points for their high school recruitment process.

This year the competition was joined by a new strategic partner – Ericpol, the number one software exporter in Poland and the largest IT company in Łódź Province. The company is also the founder of the International Stefan Banach Prize, awarded by the Polish Mathematical Society. Ericpol plans to support the “Mathematics is my passion” competition for several years to come, hoping to establish the event’s position as an important and prestigious regional contest.

Ericpol Sp. z o.o. is an engineering company which has been operating in the international ICT market for over 20 years. It provides outsourcing and consultancy services and delivers dedicated solutions in the area of telecommunications, M2M (machine to machine) communication, UX (user experience), and applications for the medical, finance, banking, and business sectors. Ericpol has three offices in Poland and three manufacturing facilities, in Belarus, Ukraine and Sweden, which together form the Ericpol Group and employ a total of over 1,700 people.

Detailed information about the competition, deadlines and conditions for participation can be found here.

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