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University of Northern Iowa offers Web-based math contest

September 16, 2003

Douglas Shaw, UNI assistant professor of mathematics, (319) 273-6805
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Iowa high school students and University of Northern Iowa students may participate in the Wright Challenge, a Web-accessible mathematics contest now in its fifth year.

Between now and Dec. 12, the 'mysterious Doctor E' will present six puzzles, roughly one every other week, on the World Wide Web at The puzzles will be printed in the UNI student newspaper, the Northern Iowan, and posted on campus, as well. The first problem is now posted, with solutions due Oct. 3 to:; or Doctor E, c/o the University of Northern Iowa Mathematics Department, 320 Wright Hall, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0506.

Prizes will include certificates suitable for framing and more than $100 in cash.

Douglas Shaw, UNI assistant professor of mathematics, and creator of the Wright Challenge says that the contest is designed to encourage Iowa students' enthusiasm for mathematics. A new competition begins each semester. More than 250 students from throughout the state competed in the Spring 2003 challenge.