CUNY Math Challenge


Math Challenge LogoSponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development (CISDD), and supported by the Office of the Chancellor, the CUNY Math Challenge seeks to identify and reward CUNY's best math talent. Matriculated CUNY undergraduates are invited to compete for over a dozen cash prizes, ranging from $500 up to a grand prize of $2,500.

Read about this year's Math Reception honoring student winners of the 2015 Math Challenge and faculty of the inaugural Calculus Boot Camp on the CUNYMath Blog

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On Friday, May 15, 2015, awards were presented to the following students:

Grand Prize

  • Gabor Horowitz, Brooklyn College, Mathematics Gabor Horowitz <view bio>

    Gabor Horowitz is a senior at Brooklyn College majoring in Mathematics. He enjoys spending time solving more interesting elementary problems in mathematics, playing the violin and practicing yoga. His future plans are graduate studies in mathematics and a career in academics and the financial industry.

Second Prize

  • Allen Kim, City College, Computer Science <view bio>

    Allen Kim is a sophomore at City College majoring in Computer Science with minors in Physics and Mathematics. He enjoys learning more about mathematics and writing computer programs on the side. As a hobby, he aspires to get better in Go/Baduk/Weiqi, a pastime passed down from older generations. Allen also won second prize in the 2014 CUNY Math Challenge.

  • Jeremy Shapiro, City College, Mechanical Engineering <view bio>

    Jeremy Shapiro is a sophomore, studying mechanical engineering, at The City College of New York. He is the treasurer of the Hillel on campus and is also an active member of the Chabad and robotics clubs. He one day hopes to have a successful career as a roboticist.

  • Tao Hong, Queensborough Community College, Engineering Science <view bio>

    Tao Hong is a freshman at Queensborough Community College majoring in Engineering Science. He came from China to New York City nine months ago. He likes to read books and looking forward to be an electronic engineer after he graduated.

Third Prize

  • Moses Schrem, Baruch College, Mathematics <view bio>

    Moses Schrem is a sophomore at Baruch College majoring in mathematics. He is enrolled in the Macaulay Honors program. He would like to pursue a career in quantitative finance. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. He enjoys going skiing. Moses was a fourth prize winner in the 2014 CUNY Math Challenge.

  • Xi Tang Zhao, Baruch College, Finance <view bio>

    Xi Tang Zhao is a freshman currently majoring in finance in Baruch College, but has recently decided to pursue a degree in engineering. He is an enthusiast across a range of disciplines - history, science, philosophy, physical fitness, to name a few. Anyways, he is a funny guy, likes challenges and very much enjoys life. He also wants to thank his high school math team coach Ms. Spiegel, for this award would have been impossible without her unwavering support at high school.

Fourth Prize

  • Yuhui Ouyang, New York City College of Technology, Architectural Design and Technology <view bio>

    Yuhui Ouyang is a senior at New York City College of Technology majoring in Architectural Design and Technology. He is originally from China and has been in New York four years. He likes to play basketball and looks forward to become a licensed Architect.

  • Taner Ture, Brooklyn College,Chemistry <view bio>

    Taner Ture is a senior at Brooklyn College majoring in Chemistry. After graduating from Brooklyn College, he will join the PhD program in Chemistry at the CUNY Graduate Center. He enjoys playing chess as a hobby.

Fifth Prize

  • Gautam Ramasubramanian, City College, Computer Engineering <view bio>

    Gautam Ramasubramanian is a sophomore at City College majoring in Computer Engineering and minoring in Mathematics. He is an alumni of the Bronx High School of Science. He enjoys competitive math problems and game development. He looks forward to a career in research and professorship. Gautam won third prize in the 2014 CUNY Math Challenge.

  • Tamar Lichter, Queens College, Mathematics <view bio>

    Tamar Lichter is a sophomore at Queens College majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Computer Science. When she is not doing math for her classes or research, she likes to write, to draw, and to bake with lots of chocolate. She currently writes a Queens College blog called Math in Plain English, a non-technical blog about math ideas she loves. Sometimes she lies awake at night wondering about Stokes' Theorem.

  • Sin Ying Wong, LaGuardia Community College, Business Administration <view bio>

    Sin Ying Wong is a sophomore at LaGuardia Community College majoring in Business Administration. She is originally from Hong Kong and has been in New York for two years. During the last two years at LaGuardia, she has been taking six classes per semester and working part time at the same time. After her associate graduation in June, she will continue her education in Math major in a 4-year college.

  • Sergiy Momot, Kingsborough Community College, Computer Science <view bio>

    Sergiy Momot is a sophomore at Kingsborough Community College majoring in Computer Science and is transferring to Brooklyn College next semester to pursue the same major. He is originally from Ukraine and has been in New York for 3 years. He is studying iOS programming on his own right now and is looking forward to work as a software engineer for mobile products.

Special Prize

  • Xiaoyu Dong, New York City College of Technology, Mechanical Engineering <view bio>

    Xiaoyu Dong is a sophomore at City Tech majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is originally from Mainland China and has been in New York three years. He studies various books and programs on Industrial Design in his spare time, and looks forward to working as an engineer in commercial product field.


Click here to see a list of winners of previous years' CUNY Math Challenge >>