Pui Ching Middle School Clinches Gold Award and Silver Award at the 2021 Hang Lung Mathematics Awards

  • Hong Kong Secondary School Students Tackle
    Mathematics Problems at Postgraduate Level
  • Demonstrating Exceptional Analytical
    Strengths in Mathematics and Science

HONG KONG SAR – Media
OutReach – 16 December 2021 – Tsz Hin Chan from Pui Ching
Middle School received the Gold Award for his research report titled “On
Non-Torsion Solutions of Homogeneous Linear Systems over Rings” at the 2021
Hang Lung Mathematics Awards. The Scientific Committee noted that Tsz Hin’s
research report was at postgraduate level and demonstrated outstanding logical
thinking and analytical ability. On Ki Luo from Pui Ching Middle School and Wai
Lok Lai from St. Paul’s Co-educational College won the Silver Award and the
Bronze Award, respectively. Together with the five Honorable Mentions of equal ranking, HK$1
million in prize money will be shared among winning students, and their
teachers and schools, in recognition of their mathematics research projects
that meet the highest academic standards in terms of methodology, research, and
scholarship.

The Hon. Mrs.
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region, presents the 2021 Hang Lung Mathematics Awards Gold
Award to Principal Mr. Lik Ko Ho (third right) and Teacher Mr. Ho Fung Lee (second
right) of Pui Ching Middle School, and the Gold Award winner Tsz Hin Chan, attends
the ceremony online and shares his thoughts on winning
(From right) Mr.
Adriel Chan, Vice Chair of Hang Lung Properties, holds a dialog with Mr. Jay
Cheng, 2006 Hang Lung Mathematics Awards Gold Award winner and currently a
District Engineer of the Civil Engineering and Development Department of the Government
of the HKSAR, on how mathematics can tackle the impacts of climate change
A photo of the
winning teams of the 2021 Hang Lung Mathematics Awards with The Hon. Mrs.
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region, Mr. Ronnie C. Chan, Chair; Mr. Adriel Chan, Vice Chair; and Mr. Weber
Lo, Chief Executive Officer of Hang Lung Properties; Professor Wei Shyy,
President of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and members of
2021 Hang Lung Mathematics Awards Scientific Committee, Steering Committee,
Executive Committee, and Screening Panel

The Announcement and Awards
Presentation of the 2021 Hang Lung Mathematics Awards, co-organized by Hang
Lung Properties Limited (“Hang Lung Properties”) and The Hong Kong University
of Science and Technology (“HKUST”), was held at the Conrad Hong Kong last
night. The Hon. Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, The Chief Executive of the
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, a longtime supporter of the Hang Lung
Mathematics Awards for many years, attended as the Guest of Honor.

Mr. Ronnie C. Chan, Chair of Hang Lung Properties,
said, “The Hang Lung Mathematics Awards (HLMA) is our signature community
investment initiative. I am pleased that HLMA continues to flourish under the
new partnership formed early this year with The Hong Kong University of Science
and Technology. We are delighted to be working closely with The Chinese
University of Hong Kong, our inaugural partner, as well as other local
universities and top mathematicians around the world on this meaningful
project. It is very encouraging to see a strong turnout of high-quality
research reports submitted this year after a long disruption in classroom
learning. I hope that the participation of our young talented students in this
competition would ignite their lifelong passion for mathematics, science, and
technology.”

Professor Wei Shyy,
President of HKUST, said, “HKUST attaches great importance to innovation and
believes that knowledge and research will bring about new discoveries and
promote the sustainable development of society. We are equally committed to
encouraging and nurturing talent development in basic science. We are very
pleased to have cooperated with Hang Lung Properties in the organization of the
‘Hang Lung Mathematics Awards’, which aims to stimulate the interest and
creativity of secondary school students in mathematics research and identify
those with talent and potential in the subject. Looking ahead, HKUST will
continue to contribute to mathematics and popular science education development
in Hong Kong and nurture more outstanding academic elites for
society.”

Professor Richard Schoen, 2017 Wolf Prize Laureate in Mathematics and
Chair of the 2021 Hang Lung Mathematics Awards Scientific Committee, expressed
his appreciation of the high-standard research reports submitted by the
participants, “I am very pleased to see that Hong Kong secondary school
students not only possess outstanding abilities in mathematics and science, but
also have a passion for research. The quality of the research reports submitted
by the participating teams to the competition is very impressive to me. The
breadth of topics, the depth and clarity of the solutions
given are very high. The ability to model and isolate the
central features of a complex problem, and to develop a language and method to
solve it efficiently, are tools which will serve our students well in the
future. I hope they could further use these abilities to advance the
century-long development of mathematics, or apply to the immediate good of the
society and mankind.”

The 2021 Hang Lung Mathematics Awards attracted the participation of
over 60 teams from nearly 40 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Under the
supervision of a teacher, each team decided on a mathematics topic, designed
and conducted research, and submitted a research report. A Scientific Committee
comprising internationally renowned scholars and educators then evaluated the
research reports in a rigorous, multi-step review process. The teams selected
to continue to the final round were invited to attend an Oral Defense where
they presented their research in front of the Scientific Committee.

Founded in 2004, the Hang Lung Mathematics Awards is a biennial event
that encourages secondary school students to fulfill their creative potential
in mathematics and science and stimulate their passion for intellectual discovery.
In the past eight editions of the Awards, over 2,400 students from 200 schools
have participated in the competition, and over 400 research reports have been
submitted. Hang Lung Properties donates HK$2.5 million to each competition, of
which HK$1 million is set aside as prize money, with the remainder used for
academic consultancy, assessment process, the administration of the
competition, as well as education promotion activities. HKUST also provides
scholarships for teachers nominated by the winning schools to enroll in the
Master of Science Program in Mathematics for Educators.

For a detailed list of winners of the 2021 Hang Lung Mathematics Awards,
please refer to the attachment.

 

Attachment:

List of Winners of the
2021 Hang Lung Mathematics Awards

 

Award

 

 

Topic

 

 

Team
Member(s)

 

 

Teacher

 

 

School Name

 

 

Gold

 

 

On Non-Torsion Solutions of
Homogeneous Linear Systems over Rings

 

 

Tsz Hin Chan

 

 

Mr. Ho Fung Lee

 

 

Pui Ching Middle School

 

 

 

Silver

 

 

The Johnson-Leader-Russell Question on Square Posets

 

 

On Ki Luo

 

 

 

Mr. Ho Fung Lee

 

 

Pui Ching Middle School

 

 

 

Bronze

 

 

Solvability of the General
Pell’s Equation, Quadratic Residuosity, and Real Quadratic Fields of Class
Number Two

 

 

 

Wai Lok Lai

 

 

 

Mr. Pak Leong Cheung

 

 

St. Paul’s Co-educational
College

 

 

Honorable Mentions (listed by school name
in alphabetical order)

 

 

Topic

 

 

Team Member(s)

 

 

Teacher

 

 

School Name

 

 

An Investigation on the Rings of
Integer-Valued Polynomials on Gaussian Integers and Integer-Valued Continuous
Functions

 

 

Myron Lam

 

 

Mr. Long Tin Chan

 

 

Diocesan Boys’ School

 

 

 

On the Basel Problem: Generalizations to Other Power Series

 

 

Tsz Fung Chui

 

 

Mr. Long Tin Chan

 

 

Diocesan Boys’ School

 

 

 

On the Variations of the
Brachistochrone Curve

 

 

Nick Hang Cheng,

 

Hei Chai Shum,

 

Chun Shing Tong

 

 

 

Mr. Long Tin Chan

 

 

Diocesan Boys’ School

 

 

 

On the Generalization of the Triangle Peg Problem to Higher
Dimensions

 

 

Chun Hei Mok,

 

Chi Kong Wei,

 

Wang Kin To

 

 

Mr. Ka On Cho

 

 

 

S.K.H. Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary
School

 

 

Investigation on the
Buffon-Laplace Needle Problem

 

 

 

Hui Yat Cheung,

 

Pak Kiu Fong,

 

Shing Him Lee,

 

Justin Ka Chai Leung, Siu Lam Ting

 

 

 

Mr. Wai Man Chu

 

 

Wah Yan College, Kowloon

 

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