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HOM SIGMAA 2020 Student Paper Contest Winner

Convergence is pleased to present the winning paper from the 2020 Student Paper Contest sponsored by the History of Mathematics Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America (HOM SIGMAA):

Mr. Powers received one-year memberships in MAA (including HOM SIGMAA) and the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM), along with a book on history of mathematics.

The winning paper was selected unanimously by a team of judges headed by Amy Shell-Gellasch. The paper is also the first winning entry by a student attending a two-year college. HOM SIGMAA has sponsored the Student Paper Contest since 2004. The contest was facilitated from 2004 to 2010 and 2019 to 2020 by its founder, then HOM SIGMAA Program Coordinator and current HOM SIGMAA Chair Amy Shell-Gellasch. Former HOM SIGMAA Prize Coordinators Herb Kasube (2011–2013), Dominic Klyve (2014–2016), and Dorothee Blum (2017–2018) have also run the contest.

All winning papers in the HOM SIGMAA Student Contest are published in Convergence; most are also available through the HOM SIGMAA archives at

"HOM SIGMAA 2020 Student Paper Contest Winner," Convergence (May 2020)