Peru State will host 25th annual Greater Southeast Nebraska Mathematics Challenge

Peru State will host 25th annual Greater Southeast Nebraska Mathematics Challenge

Peru, Nebraska– Peru State College and its Mathematics Club will host the 25th annual Greater Southeast Nebraska Mathematics Challenge on March 16.

The competition was founded in 1993 as area high school teachers sought to foster and develop mathematics education in southeast Nebraska. This year, Dr. Laura McCauley, assistant professor of mathematics, will act as faculty advisor for the competition.

McCauley writes, “We are excited about extending our Math Challenge invitations to include schools not just in Nebraska, but also in Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas.”

High school students will be divided into three divisions based on the Nebraska School Activities Association enrollment figures for the school. Each school will be allowed to enter a team of three students in each of the four subject areas: Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-calculus and Calculus.

McCauley continues, “We will be offering Tested for Excellence Scholarships (through the Peru State College Foundation) to the top Calculus teams and top Calculus students this year in both tiers.”

The entry fee is $40 per school and $45 per school with a Calculus team. Deadline for registration is March 12, 2018.

The competition consists of three different sessions. The first session is a forty-question multiple choice individual exam in the subject for which the student registered. The second test is a team exam where the students answer open-ended mathematics questions. The third session is a quiz bowl against other students in one of the specific subject areas.

The top three individual scores on the written tests and the top team score for each division and subject will be given awards. Certificates will be presented to the quiz bowl finalist teams.

For additional information about the Mathematics Challenge at Peru, contact Faculty Sponsor Laura McCauley at