Simon Marais Competition 2020


Monday, 14th December 2020

The Simon Marais Mathematics Competition was held online in mid-October. Four pairs and nine individuals from UNSW participated in this year's competition. 

Of the UNSW participants, there was one top decile individual, Oden Petersen, and one top quartile pair, Jason Yi Yang and Chengyan Yao. Congratulations to these students for their excellent efforts. 

The SMMC is an annual competition that aims to encourage creative mathematical problem-solving among undergraduate students, identify talented students across the Asia-Pacific region, forge links between academics in the region, and promote healthy competition among students as well as between universities.

Dr Simon Marais was a South African-born physicist who became a prominent contrarian asset manager in South Africa and later Australia. He maintained a life-long passionate interest in mathematics and mathematical problem solving after completing a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University in 1991.

Pictured L-R: Jason Yi Yang and Chengyan Yao; Oden Petersen.