Don Cheng ’11 Advances to USA Mathematical Olympiad

In the words of his math teacher Alan Lipp: “Our young mathematician has done it again.” Dongyang Cheng ’11 has qualified for the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) based upon his work in two previous competitions. For the Olympiad, Don will compete on a nine-hour exam at the end of April. This is a very selective competition; approximately 250 students are chosen out of the several hundred thousand who competed in the first round.

According to the Mathematical Society of America, which administers the contest, the USAMO provides a means of identifying and encouraging the most creative secondary mathematics students in the country. It serves to indicate the talent of those who may become leaders in the mathematical sciences of the next generation.

Further adding to his achievements, Don also qualified as a semifinalist for the 2011 U.S. Physics Olympics Team.