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Gannon University Hosts Sixth Annual Differentiation Bee

Published: 11/12/2019

Professor David Prier, Ph.D., speaks to the 100+ Differentiation Bee competitors on the possibilities of research in mathematics.

Professor David Prier, Ph.D., speaks to the 100+ Differentiation Bee competitors on the possibilities of research in mathematics.

Gannon University will host its sixth annual Differentiation Bee from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Yehl Ballroom of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St.

One hundred and nine students forming 37 teams from eight local high schools will participate in the event, making it the largest group in the competition’s six-year history. Students will be challenged to answer calculus questions that range in difficulty from simple to challenging. The Differentiation Bee is sponsored by Gannon’s Mathematics Department.

The top team of three students will win $1,000 in Gannon scholarships while the second-place team will win $500 in Gannon scholarships. The third-place team will win some Gannon gear, and door prizes will be given throughout the event.

The teams will compete until noon, be served lunch in the Beyer Hall cafeteria, and then hear a mathematics presentation from David Prier, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics at Gannon.

Gannon University will also host an Integration Bee in the spring of 2020 for undergraduate students in calculus 2.

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