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UB Gifted Math Program's Mathematics Festival on National Pi Day

Published October 2, 2018

Gifted Math Program serves exceptional math students in WNY

Challenging the potential of exceptional mathematics students

The Gifted Math Program has been serving Western New York for 39 years. The program provides a curriculum to exceptional mathematics students in grades 7 to 12 that is challenging beyond the standard school curricula. There is an emphasis on providing skills for students who pursue careers in university math, sciences or the humanities.

The program strives to capture the interest of young scholars at a critical time in their development, and encourages good work habits and positive attitudes towards serious academic endeavors. By teaming students with others of high ability, the program improves the students’ willingness and ability to address more difficult and extended problems.

Each year the program enrolls an average of 250 students. Classes are held twice each week and each session is 70 minutes long. The classes are the equivalent of university courses and include three semesters of calculus and linear algebra. Students can accumulate up to 22 semester hours that can be used toward university coursework.

Since 1979, over 600 students have graduated from the Gifted Math Program and numerous graduates have attended the nation’s finest universities and embarked on a variety of impactful careers. The program has been recognized as outstanding by national educational associations, and has achieved success at highly-regarded national competitions.

“We have worked with students from every school district in Western New York,” said Harry O’Malley, director of the Gifted Math Program. “We help community youth make the most of their talent, and they make our community proud.”

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