The Colorado Mathematical Olympiad will return for its 35th year Friday at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

An estimated 400 middle and high school students from around the state will have four hours to complete five essay-style problems.

On May 4, Alexander Soifer, the event chair and professor of interdepartmental studies, will review solutions to the problems and present awards. The award ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in Berger Hall with a reception afterward.

The Olympiad is a chance for middle and high school students to test their talents and ingenuity while competing for medals, scholarships and other prizes.

It's the largest essay-type mathematical competition in the nation, with participants in grades 6-12 competing against one another. S

Wolfram Research, Springer Publishing and the UCCS Chancellor’s Office provide prizes and scholarships. UCCS will offer gold, silver and bronze medalists a scholarship. Other prizes include math software and books written by Alexander Soifer.

For more information about the Math Olympiad, and to view problems from previous years, go to http://olympiad.uccs.edu.

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