MathFest this week draws record numbers

A record number of high school juniors and seniors are registered to attend Youngstown State University’s MathFest on Thursday, Oct. 23, on campus.

More than 400 students from more than 40 area schools are expected to attend and compete in the event in YSU’s Kilcawley Center, hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

“MathFest is one of the premiere YSU Math and Stats Department events where high school students are invited to campus to spend the day celebrating and learning about math,” said Eric Shehadi, Student MathFest coordinator for the third year. “High school students get the opportunity to meet YSU students, interact with YSU faculty members in workshops, and explore what it’s like to get an undergraduate degree in mathematics or STEM-related field at YSU; but most importantly – we have fun!”

This year’s event offers 17 workshops, presented by YSU faculty and mathematics majors. Workshops range from “Mathematics of Diversity in the Environment,” where students will learn about mathematical diversity and evaluating biodiversity indices, to “Are You a Terrorist?” where students explore statistical methods used by agencies such as the NSA.

In addition to workshops, students participate in mathematical competitions. Professor David Clark from Grand Valley State University is the keynote speaker. He will be speaking about “The Joy of Scheduling Chores,” showing an interesting and innovative method for scheduling using finite geometries.

For more information, contact Angela Spalsbury, professor and chair of Mathematics and Statistics, at 330-941-1803 or visit