Derek Park Named a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics!

The Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury is proud to announce that Derek Park, an 8th Grader at Wheatley, is among the 85 students this year to be named a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics and was accepted by the Institute to pursue the study of mathematics and its applications.

To qualify for this honor, the 85 students who were selected for the Institute’s three divisions competed against approximately  450 of the top ranking students nominated from public and private schools across Long Island. Selection by the Institute implies that a student is among the top one-tenth of one percent in mathematics of all students on Long Island in their grade.  Acceptances were based on five criteria:  nomination, school transcript, teacher recommendation, a brief statement written by the student and a rigorous entrance exam.  The Institute is supported by SUNY Old Westbury, comes from individual contributors who believe that offering programs tuition-free maintains equal accessibility to all students who qualify.

Each student is expected to spend 50 hours in class over the course of 20 Saturday mornings.  The curriculum covers mathematical topics from algebra, geometry, discrete math, and number theory. Topics not included in the standard courses of study, such as problem-solving applied to probability, drawings of ocean bottom profiles, theory of finite differences, topics in science applications and mass point geometry will also be presented.

Over the years, many of the Institute graduates have gone on to win prestigious awards, including national and international math, science, and engineering contests.  

The Director and Founder of the Institute was Dr. Jong Pil Lee, Distinguished  Service Professor at SUNY College at Old Westbury and 2005 United States Presidential  Awardee for Excellence for Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring  who passed away on December  12, 2011.  The current director is Mr. Arthur Kalish a retired math teacher with 44 years of classroom experience.

Congratulations to Derek on this terrific recognition!

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