Students take calculated risk at URI’s Calc-Bowl

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KINGSTON, R.I. – April 26, 2010 – Members of team, “URI Crusaders,” won the University of Rhode Island’s 4th annual URI Calc Bowl held April 7 at the URI Kingston campus. Zoe Gentes, Cosmin Iacoban, David Kalen, Julie Reiske and William Stage, were members of the first place team.

Calc-Bowl is a live math competition designed for calculus students. Both college and high school students are encouraged to participate.

Students with advanced college math experience were not allowed to participate. This restriction evens the playing field between the high

school and college level teams. The Calc-Bowl is a fast pace game, that presents the participants with multiple choice pre-calculus and calculus


Prout High School team, “Jailbait Genius,” consisting of Isabelle Brogna, Lucia Lee, Jeff Orszulak, Tom Scartabello and Tom Senerchia, took second place.

Another Prout team “Designated Derivers,” with Kyle Hollenbeck, Mark Mathieu, Neal Mercier, Joe Sullivan and Morgan Whaley took third place.

“The 4th URI Calc-Bowl was a success,” declared Li Wu, associate professor of mathematics who organizes the competition annually with her colleagues Professors Tom Bella, Jim Baglama, and Lubos Thoma. “We all enjoyed the excitement of calculus in a competitive environment.”

The top three teams received certificates and more than $500 in prizes. The URI Foundation, Wiley, Pi Mu Epsilon national honor society, CCRI and

URI SIAM student chapters, and Belmont Fruit Market sponsored and donated to the event.