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Background

Mathematical Sciences play a prominent role in the development and discovery of science and technology. The demand and expectation on sciences, technology and mathematical sciences will only increase in future. To meet this challenge, we hope to provide an environment to nurture students with strength in foundational mathematics as well as with creativity in addressing problems of our times by means of mathematical tools. The purpose of Shing-Tung Yau High School Mathematics Awards and Applied Mathematical Sciences Awards is to encourage and acknowledge students and institutions for developing projects with such strength and creativity. Its inspiration is to be a mathematics award program for what the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition are for sciences and technology. It encourages participation from all nations, all social and ethnic groups.

Professor Shing-Tung Yau, a world renowned mathematician, first initiated a bi-annual “Hang Lung Mathematics Awards” for high school students in Hong Kong in 2004. With the support of Mr. Dongsheng Chen, personnel support of his Taikang Life Insurance Company Ltd and sponsorship of John Templeton Foundation, the first YHMA was held in 2008. The first and second award ceremony had been held on October 2008 and December 2009 in Beijing. For the purpose of enhancing the interest and research capabilities of students in applied mathematical sciences, the Applied Mathematical Sciences Awards are initiated this year. The third Shing-Tung Yau High School Mathematics Award and the first Shing-Tung Yau High School Applied Mathematical Sciences Award ceremony will be held in December 2010 Beijing.

Purposes

  • Stimulate students’ interest in applied mathematical and scientific research among high school students;
  • Encourage innovation in applied mathematical and scientific thinking among high school students
  • Cultivate young applied mathematics and sciences talents
  • Encourage articulation between high school teachers and university professors
 

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