March 06, 2014

Mathematics Field Day rescheduled to April 1

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The 57th annual Mathematics Field Day at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is rescheduled to April 1. 

The event, part of the annual Little Egypt Math Week, was postponed due to hazardous winter weather throughout the region earlier this week. 

Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and held at the SIU Arena, about 1,300 students from some 50 high schools in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky will compete for various awards and scholarships by taking a rigorous mathematics test, designed by the Department of Mathematics faculty. 

The College of Science will again offer the Partial Tuition Waiver Award to the highest-scoring junior with a planned science major. The award is valued at up to $4,000 toward tuition during a four-year period. 

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, with awards presented at 2 p.m.  During the event, sophomores and juniors are invited to a special welcoming reception and pizza luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Old National Bank Saluki Lounge, SIU Arena, Room 30.  The event includes games, prizes and information on employment prospects for students majoring in mathematics, as well as scholarship information. 

Greg Budzban, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, is the scheduled speaker during a teachers’ program beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Roger & Sally Tedrick Auditorium in the Boydston Center Room 189, in the SIU Arena.  

For more information on Mathematics Field Day, contact Kathy Pericak-Spector, professor and chair of the event, at 618/453-6569 or by email at