March 17, 2015

Media Advisory – Math Field Day

The 58th annual Mathematics Field Day at Southern Illinois University Carbondale set for today (March 17), will bring about 800 high school students to campus to compete for scholarships and awards. 

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to attend the event, which begins at 10 a.m. in the SIU Arena. Students from about 50 high schools in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee will take a rigorous mathematics tested designed, presented and scored by Department of Mathematics faculty. The test is from 10 a.m. to noon, with awards presentations starting at 2 p.m., also in the arena. Reporters may conduct interviews following the testing, which finishes at noon. 

The College of Science is again offering a partial tuition waiver 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.  Trophies and ribbons will be awarded to teams in three divisions: Class A, schools with fewer than 250 students; Class 2A, 250 to 750 students, and Class 3A, schools with more than 750 students. Certificates will be given for individual accomplishments in each academic division. 

A teachers program featuring a panel of SIU Carbondale faculty discussing new state testing is 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