Asbury Math Modeling Team Receives Meritorious Award
May 24, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — Reaping the rewards of four long days of math, caffeine and cameraderie, Asbury University Math students have earned top scores in the 29th-annual Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) Math Modeling Contest that took place earlier this year.
One Asbury team (Joo Won Jun ’16, Seth Heinss ’18 and Meg Hull) scored in the Meritorious category (top 18 percent), and another team (Robert Williams ’17, Daniel Gallutia ’17 and Drew Ward) scored in the Honorable Mention category (top 45 percent).
Competing against more than 5,000 teams world-wide — including many teams from Ivy League universities — Asbury’s student teams proved the excellence of their training.
“We have first-rate professors and a really strong department at Asbury,” said Jun. “They really care for you. Math Modeling is intense, and we want to give up from time to time, but knowing how much professors work for us keeps us going, and they make this really fun.”
A long-standing Asbury tradition, Math Modeling challenges students to solve complex, real-world problems. During the competition earlier this spring, Jun, Heinss and Hull developed a model to predict water scarcity in a region of their choice over the next 15 years and proposed an intervention policy to help alleviate water shortages.
For Hull, a dual-enrollment student through Asbury Academy, Math Modeling was a great opportunity to interact with compelling issues.
“It feels very real,” Hull said. “No matter what you’re interested in as far as a career goes, there’s something in Math Modeling that can interest you.”
To learn more about Asbury’s Math Department, visit: asbury.edu/math