BLAGOEVGRAD, Bulgaria – From the 31st of July to the 6th of August, the University College London organized an annual International Math Competition (IMC), hosted by the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG). Delegations from three Armenian universities participated in the competition. The teams from the American University of Armenia (AUA), Yerevan State University (YSU), and Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University (RAU). The AUA team participated with three students – Artyom Kosyan, Naira Matosyan and Erik Arakelyan, with the guidance of AUA instructor Mr. Karen Keryan.
Before the students’ participation in IMC, local math olympiads were held to select the best students. Later, the students attended several problem-solving seminars to prepare for the upcoming competition. Even though these seminars were organized specifically for those who were to participate in IMC, they were also open to those interested.
Mr. Keryan himself participated in IMC as a student back in 2005, when an Armenian team was taking part for the first time. Mr. Keryan has led Armenian teams in IMC since 2013. He notes that IMC is one of the biggest mathematics competitions for undergraduate students, so participation in such a competition is the perfect opportunity to do some networking. Additionally, the sponsors of IMC provide work opportunities for interested students.
Overall, the Armenian team recorded impressive results. The Armenian team members won two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals. Artyom Kosyan, an AUA student, claimed a bronze medal, which is a great achievement not only for Artyom but the whole AUA community.