Joplin, MO (SNS) – Nine students from Missouri Southern State University competed in the recent Missouri Intercollegiate Mathematics Competition in Rolla, Mo.

Held March 26-27 at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, the annual competition is a team event for undergraduates and consists of challenging mathematical problems.

The three student teams from Missouri Southern included:

Kristina Pritchard, math and physics major, Joplin
Andrew Stokes, math, Carl Junction
Michael Arevelos, computational math, Joplin
Chad Harris, math, physics and chemistry, Austin, Texas
Dakota Newby, math, Webb City
Cori Smith, math, Joplin
Kristin Laumbach, math, Joplin
Maxwell Murphy, physics, Lamar
Joe Miller, math and physics, Boulder City, Nevada

Students were accompanied by Dr. Rich Laird, professor of mathematics, and Dr. Grant Lathrom, associate professor of mathematics.

“Out of 36 teams, our student teams placed 13th, 25th and 28th,” said Laird. “In recent years, we have moved into the top half and last year into the top third. We have several students returning for next year, so it looks good for the future.”

The contest is held in conjunction with the Missouri Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The location moves each year; in 2017, it will be held at Missouri Southern.