Clay Olympiad Scholar Award. June 21, 2004
At the official awards dinnner for the US American Mathematics Olympiad (USAMO) held June 21, 2004, CMI President Jim Carlson presented the Clay Olympiad Scholar Award to Matthew Ince. The award is given for the solution to an Olympiad problem judged most creative.
The USAMO is a two day, nine hour, six question, essay-proof examination which is one of a series of national contests administered by the American Mathematics Competitions and sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America and several other organizations. The awards ceremony was held in the State Department Ballroom in Washington DC.
Matthew, a home-schooled student from Arnold, Missouri, was one of the twelve winners of the 33rd USAMO. Both he and his twin brother Nate were participants in the 2004 Clay Research Academy, held in March 2004. Both have taken advanced mathematics classes at Washington University in St. Louis. Professors John Shareshian and Nets Katz were two of the Ince brothers' mentors at Washington University.
"Matt Ince is a remarkably talented and enthusiastic young mathematician who has excelled both at solving difficult problems in high level contests and at learning advanced material," says Professor Shareshian. "He is also an extremely nice person whose presence in the Washington University mathematics department has been beneficial to both the faculty and his fellow students."
Professor Katz adds, "Matt Ince is an incredibly energetic student with wide interests. He has solved a problem and is on to the next before anyone can decipher his explanation. His enthusiasm is infectious, and it is a delightful if somewhat futile task to try to keep up."
This fall Matthew and Nate will attend MIT, where they will study mathematics and science.