Student from ELTE wins international mathematics competition

Student from ELTE wins international mathematics competition HU
A graduate student of ELTE's Institute of Mathematics has won the 28th International Mathematics Competition for University Students (IMC). Attila Gáspár came first out of 590 students and was the only student to receive the Grand Grand First Prize.

Due to the pandemic, the International Mathematics Competition for University Students (IMC) was organized online for the second time. The competition is usually held in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, every year and has recently become one of the most prestigious international competitions for university students. In the online competition, the students had to solve four problems on two consecutive days under controlled conditions and then had to upload the scanned solutions to an address provided by the organizers of the competition.

This year, 590 students from 160 universities in 51 countries participated in the competition.

The papers were evaluated by an international team made up of the team leaders.

In the competition, which ended on Saturday, 7 August, Attila Gáspár (in the picture) scored 70 out of 80 points, well ahead of second-place, a student from St Petersburg (65 points) and the students in third place from Russia, the Netherlands, Israel and Poland (60 points).
Dávid Matolcsi also deserves praise: he finished in the 11th-15th place with 56 points. The event, which was primarily an individual competition, rewarded students with prizes based on their scores, and all members of the ELTE team (students from the Mathematics bachelor’s and master's programmes at ELTE) did well: Attila Gáspár was awarded the Grand Grand First Prize, but in addition, Márton Borbényi, Gergely Csáji Kál, Benedek Kovács, Dávid Matolcsi, Kristóf Szabó, Levente Szemerédi, Tran Hoang Anh and Kristóf Zólomy were also awarded first prizes according to their scores, while Ágoston Győrffy was awarded 2nd place in the overall ranking.

The competition of the 113 teams, based on individual scores, was won by the St. Petersburg State University team, with the Israeli team coming second and the team from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow finishing third. Of the two five-member teams from ELTE, Team A came 5th and Team B came in 7th place. The team was led by Tamás Ágoston, a PhD student at ELTE’s Institute of Mathematics, and one of the organizers of the competition this year was Géza Kós, Assistant Professor at the Department of Analysis at the Faculty of Science of ELTE.

Source: ELTE TTK