August 17, 2009
All seven girls on the U.S. team at the 2009 China Girls Mathematical Olympiad team will be coming home with medals.
Cynthia Day - Bronze
Carolyn Kim - Silver
Jing Jing Li - Gold
Patricia Li - Silver
Ramya Rangan - Bronze
Elizabeth Synge - Silver
Joy Zheng - Gold
The CGMO was held in Xiamen on August 11-16, and the team of high school students from the United States took part in the competition for the third time. Once again, the MAA and MSRI co-sponsored the team.
To get ready for the contest in China, which has been held annually since 2002, the young women spent three weeks at the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, which helped them develop their problem-solving skills. The preparation also helped boost their confidence for participation in an international competition.
Coaches for the team were Zuming Feng of Phillips Exeter Academy and director of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program since 2003, and Jennifer Iglasias, a member of the 2007 and 2008 U.S. CGMO teams.
Other sponsors of the U.S. teams are Microsoft, Google, Akamai Foundation, The Shiing-Shen Chern Foundation for Mathematical Research, and The Sunlin and Priscilla Chou Foundation.