Glen Cove High School freshman Matthew Tran was named a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury, and was accepted to pursue mathematics and mathematical science applications at the institute.
Tran is one of 84 students who competed against approximately 600 of the top-ranking students nominated from school districts on Long Island. Selection by the institution implies Tran is among the top one-tenth of 1 percent in math of all students in his grade. Acceptances were based on five criteria: nomination, school transcript, teacher recommendation, a brief statement written by the student and a rigorous entrance exam.
Each student is expected to spend 60 hours in class over the course of 20 Saturday mornings and on related topics. The curriculum covers mathematical topics in algebra, geometry, discrete math and number theory. Topics not included in the standard course of study, such as problem-solving applied to probability, drawings of ocean bottom profiles, the theory of finite differences, topics in science and mass point geometry, will also be presented.