Lakehead University to host Math Competition

February 12, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead's Department of Mathematical Sciences is privileged to be a regional host for the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest for the second year in a row.  The contest will be held in Thunder Bay on Sunday, March 23 in the University’s Ryan Building, between 12 and 3 pm.

“The Kangaroo Contest provides students with challenging questions beyond the regular curriculum that will spark their interest in mathematics. Participating in math contests boosts their confidence and gives them the opportunity to interact with like-minded peers,” said Dr. Monica Ilie, Mathematical Sciences Associate Professor.

The International Mathematical Kangaroo Contest is an international mathematical competition that takes place in 51 countries around the world. In 2013 more than 6 million students participated. Among them there were 2,357 Canadian students.

The Thunder Bay contest is open to students from Grade 1 to 8. For more information about the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest, including registration and fees, go to The deadline for registration is March 10, 2014.  

Many prizes will be available in the form of medals and certificates for top-achieving students.

For further information about this mathematics contest, please contact Dr. Maria Grazia Viola (ph: 1-807-343-8688, e: or Dr. Monica Ilie (ph: 1-807-766-7224, e:


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