Two teams of three Albion students each were honored with awards of both Meritorious Winner and Honorable Mention in the 2009 International Mathematical Contest in Modeling sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications. This year 1675 teams from 14 countries participated in the competition. The team of Yang Chen, Chris Creighton, and Sophia Potoczak received the prestigious award of Meritorious Winner for their work on a problem a complex problem related to cell phone usage and energy consumption. Only 9 teams in the world scored better than this Albion team in the competition. Other schools that received the same level of recognition as Albion for this problem included Harvard University, Harvey Mudd College, Tsinghua University (Beijing), Cornell University and The United States Military Academy at West Point.
In addition, the team of Chen Chen, Whitney Patton, and Kathryn Wagner, who chose to solve a problem involving the mathematics of traffic circles, received the rank of Honorable Mention for their solution. This is significant since, out of the 1675 teams in the competition, 1074 (61%) received a ranking lower than honorable mention. Other schools that received this ranking include Princeton University, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, Michigan State University, Colorado College and numerous universities from China.
Congratulations to all six students for this fine achievement! Official results are available at the official COMAP MCM Results Website