Benedictine College Math Team Takes Third in State Competition

Published: Monday, May 7, 2018

Benedictine KCMC Team

(Pictured above, L - R, Dr. Heidi Hulsizer, Paul Modlin, Meraiah Martinez and Catherine Rea.)

The Benedictine College Mathematics Team took third place in the 13th Annual Kanas Collegiate Mathematics Competition on April 21, 2018. The team consisted of honors students Meraiah Martinez, Paul Modlin and Catherine Rea and their coach was Dr. Heidi Hulsizer, assistant professor in the Benedictine College Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. The competition brought together undergraduate math majors from 12 colleges and universities in the state of Kansas. The event took place at Johnson County Community College in conjunction with the Kansas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America.

“I am extremely proud of the team,” said Hulsizer. “And I am proud to say that they competed well against teams from much larger universities.”

The competition was made up of teams of two or three students from each institution. The teams worked together to solve a set of about 10 problems. Most of the problems were at a college sophomore level and were even accessible to well-prepared freshmen who had the calculus sequence, some probability and some discrete mathematics. Each problem was worth 10 points and to receive full credit on a problem, the answer had to be correct and all supporting work had to be shown. Calculators were allowed, but no books, notes or other electronic devices could be used during the competition.

The three Benedictine students volunteered to be on the team. Two of the students, Martinez and Rea, took part in the competition last year and brought some experience to the group. The team started meeting a month before the competition and met weekly to practice problems.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.