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University of Northern Iowa offers Web-based math contest

September 19, 2004

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– All Iowa high school students are eligible to participate in the Wright Challenge, a Web-accessible mathematics contest, offered by the University of Northern Iowa, now in its fifth year.

Between now and December, '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 Sept. 24 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 200 students from throughout the state competed in the Spring 2004 challenge.