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2018 Essay Winners


“Running the Numbers”

by Jacob Slaughter of Thetford Academy, Thetford, Vermont

(The essay is about Rosa Orellana of Dartmouth College.)



Undergraduate Level Winner

“Dr. Bhramar Mukherjee: Balance and Big Data”

by Francesca Paris of Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

(The essay is about Bhramar Mukherjee of the University of Michigan.)



Undergraduate Level Honorable Mention

“Hooked on Hyperbolic Planes”

by Linnea Rylander of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge Massachusetts

(The essay is about Daina Taimina of Cornell University.)


“Let Passion Guide the Way”

by Freya Wang of the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

(The essay is about Kristy Boyer of the University of Florida.)



High School Level Winner

Same as Grand Prize Winner



High School Level Honorable Mentions

“Against All Odds”

by Selena Grover of Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, Illinois

(The essay is about Manmohan (Manu) Kaur of Benedictine University.)


“The Mythical Woman Engineer”

by Hannah Messersmith of Shoreland Lutheran High School, Kenosha, Wisconsin

(The essay is about Nelly Gillman of Rockwell Automation.)


Middle School Level Winner

“Excellence = Math Circle2

by Bronwen Roosa of Harvard-Westlake Middle School, Los Angeles, California

(The essay is about Olga Radko of the University of California, Los Angeles /Los Angeles Math Circle.)


Middle School Level Honorable Mentions

“Wooden Computers Didn’t Stop Her”

by Ayleen Acosta of Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, Maryland

(The essay is about Denia Lopez Acosta of Analiet Consulting LLC.)


“Business and Mathematics: Nina’s Journey”

by Eve Mullen of Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, Maryland

(The essay is about Nina Mullen of Dia&Co.)


“Bonsai Tree”

by Sora Shirai of Frances C. Richmond Middle School, Hanover, New Hampshire

(The essay is about Kimiyo Yamamoto of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.)