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Competition Guide

How to Join

Base on the number of the participants, we will set up one or two Divisions.

The Competition

  • Students who intend to participate may form their teams and complete the initial registration through the registration webpage of Shing-Tung Yau High School Applied Mathematics Awards.
  • A team should select a suitable applied mathematical research topic and perform an independent study.
  • Each team should submit a research report, written in English or Chinese, (Chinese must has an English abstract) before September 1 (the deadline will be announced shortly), through the designated internet channel.
  • Each team should comply with academic honesty and intellectual property when producing the research report.
  • Each team should observe all other restrictions, including the conflicts of interest policy, of this program.

The Secretariat under the Executive Committee may organize activities from time to time in order to provide guidance and assistance to the teams. Each team may participate according to their own needs.

Planning your Research

In the following, there is a simple list of important dates and events.

Dates

Events

Remarks

Jan. 1, 2016

Initial registration

Online registration page
(you may start to register even when the team is not yet completely formed) Please submit the complete information before we close the registration system on Aut.31, 2016.

Before September. 1, 2016

Target to submit research abstracts online

In order to know the prossee of participants' research, we recomend each team to submit a summary of research reports.

Before September 1, 2016

Online submission of research report

Can be properly extended for rural areas.

Sep.1-Nov.30, 2016

Review papers

After three rounds review, generate teams for final competition and teams of regional winners. Ceremony of divisional awards.

Dec. 16-17, 2016

Final competition

Final presentation at the presence of the International Committee

Dec. 17, 2016

Award ceremony

 

Team Composition

  • Each team should consist of 1 to 3 student members from the same secondary school. The team shall be led by a teacher of the school.
  • Student status is defined by school enrollment on September, 2012. If a student leaves the original school after September, 2012, the student will be considered as representing the original school even if the student is enrolled at another institution at the time of report submission.
  • A school may have more than one team participating in the competition. A teacher may also lead more than one team. However, a student can be listed only in one team.
  • In addition to having a teacher, a team may choose to have a professor from a university as faculty mentor. The distinction between a teacher and a faculty mentor is in the intensity of day-to-day interaction with the participating students. For example, a faculty mentor’s involvement could be limited to initial formulation of a problem and to provide reference guidance whereas a teacher works with students regularly and frequently.

Conflict of Interest Policy

YHMA strives to encourage all to participate in mathematics investigation, and it wants to encourage members of the mathematics community to get involved. For instance, members of international committees, national committees or regional committees may recruit their students, former students, colleagues, associates, friends and relatives to participate. This policy is intended to balance the interests of all participants and the need of recruitment. Except explicitly mentioned below, all are encouraged to participate freely.

  • Children and grandchildren of members of the International Committee are not eligible to participate.
  • Members or spouse of members of International Committees and National Committees are not eligible to serve as mentors, coaches or teachers for any teams.
  • In competitions at regional levels, if a panelist finds himself/herself to be the parents or grandparents of any participating members, he should rescue himself from evaluating the concerned project and is not eligible for vote on the concerned project. The number of approval for the concerned project will be the number of “yes” votes divided by the numbers of voting members of a panel.

Any team that fails to satisfy the general eligibility or the conflict of interest policy will be deprived of any rights to prize and honor. Any team that meets to the general eligibility and the conflict of interest policy will be evaluated solely according to the rules stated in the section “Selection Criteria.”

Research Areas

The areas of research must be mathematical sciences and their applications, such as:
  • Engineering applications: computing, internet, communications, information and digital technology, etc.
  • Commercial applications: economics, finance, logistics, management, decision science, operations research, transportation, etc.
  • Scientific applications: medicine, physics, chemistry, biology, environment and health problems, etc.
  • Innovation designs: image and visualization, games, puzzles, algorithms, etc.

Research Reports

Each research report should have at least the following sections.
  • A cover page with the names, affiliation, states/provinces, countries of the students, coaches, mentors if applicable, and title of the project.
  • The second page is a one-page abstract to include the title of the project, and to outline the background of a team’s topics, and highlight the team’s contribution in addressing the proposed topics.
  • If the technical report is written in Chinese, the report should include an additional one-page abstract in English.
  • A technical report.
  • References
  • If applicable, acknowledgement to named individuals and institutions should be given in a separate page, at the end of the report.
Each report is subjected to the following restriction: Names of students, teachers/coaches, mentors, their affiliations, states/provinces, countries should not appear anywhere other than the cover page of the report.

Academic Honesty and Guidance

In the process of the research, students are encouraged to consult with experts and coaches. However, team members should have actually performed the research task and should truly understand the content of their work. Methods and results due to others used in the research should be cited, and documented in a reference list of the report. Each participating team should observe the common standard of academic integrity adopted by most mathematics journals or degree theses.

Intellectual Property

Original work and results are the intellectual belongings to the participants and this is respected by Shing-Tung Yau High School Applied Mathematical Sciences Awards. Shing-Tung Yau High School Applied Mathematical Sciences Awards only reserves the first right of refusal on the works of award winners. Winners should approach Shing-Tung Yau High School Applied Mathematical Sciences Awards before they publish their works or derive any benefit from it. In addition, works of winners may be used in part or in full for the promotion of Shing-Tung Yau High School Applied Mathematical Sciences Awards in future.

 

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