Nearly 600 Area Students to Compete in Math Field Day April 11 at Southeast


Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Mathematics will host students from 28 area high schools to compete in the 42nd annual Math Field Day Thursday, April 11.

An opening ceremony will be held in Academic Hall Auditorium at 9 a.m. Activities will take place throughout the day in the auditorium and University Center. An awards ceremony will be held in Academic Hall Auditorium at 1 p.m. All Math Field Day events will conclude by 2 p.m.

Five hundred ninety-five students will compete in areas such as algebra I, algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, word problems, exponential and log functions, matrices and determinants, computational mathematics, data analysis, sets and logic, probability, mental arithmetic, analytic geometry, number bases, number theory, hand calculators, and calculus.

The day will include both individual and team events. A scholar bowl-style event that encourages audience participation will be held at noon in the University Center Ballroom.

Dr. Cheryl McAllister, chair of the Math Field Day Committee and associate professor of mathematics at Southeast, hopes that the event will inspire students to consider studying math at the collegiate level.

“This event is a great opportunity for students to put their skills and knowledge to the test, and for area high school students to visit the Southeast campus and see what the University has to offer,” said McAllister. “The various events give them an idea of what it might be like to pursue their passion for mathematics at Southeast.”

Area schools competing in this year’s contest are Anna-Jonesboro Community High School, Arcadia Valley High School, Bell City High School, Bernie High School, Bunker High School, Cape Central High School, Clarkton High School, Cobden High School, Eagle Ridge Christian School, Farmington High School, Fredericktown R-1 High School, Gideon High School, Herrin High School, Leopold High School, Malden High School, Nashville Community High School, Naylor High School, North County High School, Notre Dame Regional High School, Oak Ridge High School, Poplar Bluff High School, Red Bud High School, Saxony Lutheran High School, Scott City R-1, St. Vincent High School, Ste. Genevieve High School, The Christian Academy and Viburnum High School. There will also be homeschooled participants.

For more information about Math Field Day, contact Dr. Cheryl McAllister, chair of the Math Field Day Committee, at (573) 651-2778 or, or visit