University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the The USA Mathematical Talent Search Records, 1989-2011

Descriptive Summary

Creator: The USA Mathematical Talent Search
Title: The USA Mathematical Talent Search Records
Dates: 1989-2011, undated
Abstract: The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USATMS) is a year-long mathematics correspondence competition for secondary school students.
Accession No.: 2010-050
Extent: 2 ft., 6 in.
Language: Materials are primarily written in English. Other materials are in Russian, Latvian, and Korean.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USATMS) is a year-long mathematics correspondence competition for secondary school students. Established in 1989 by Dr. George Berzsenyi to discover and nurture American mathematical talent, most invited participants were high performers in other mathematics exams such as the American Invitational Mathematics Competition and/or the American High School Mathematics Examination. The USAMTS is also promoted through mathematics organizations, conventions, and meets. Its sister organization, the International Mathematical Talent Search (IMTS), was founded two years later. Participants can also choose to apply to the Young Scholars Summer Program (YSSP), held yearly at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The competition consists of four rounds of five problems each for a possible yearly total of 100 points. Student answers are then graded by a group of mathematicians and returned to the students with scores and comments. The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) publishes the problems and solutions in its quarterly publication, Consortium.

Many of the USATMS participants and winners have gone on to compete in other prestigious events such as the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), the International Physics, Chemistry, and Informatics Olympiads, the American Regional Mathematics League contests, and the Intel (formerly Westinghouse) Science Talent Searches.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials sent to students, including student entry forms, problems sets, invitational brochures and flyers, and newsletters. It also contains administrative documents such as correspondence, grade forms, descriptive materials, staff memos, yearbooks, profiles, photos, and publications.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics


Access Restrictions

Some materials restricted for privacy issues.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Berzsenyi, George
Subjects (Organizations)
Educational Advancement Foundation
American High School Mathematics Examination (Competition)
American Invitational Mathematics Examination (Competition)
Art of Problem Solving
Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (U.S.)
International Mathematical Talent Search
Mathematical Association of America
National Security Agency
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
USA Mathematical Talent Search
Young Scholars Summer Program
Mathematics--Study and teaching (Higher)--United States.
Mathematics--Study and teaching--Activity programs--United States.
Mathematics--Study and teaching (Secondary)--United States.
Mathematics Problems, exercises, etc.
Mathematics programs series
Terre Haute (Indiana)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The USA Mathematical Talent Search Records, 1989-2011, undated, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.



Series 1. Student Materials

2010-050/1 (15050658) Correspondence
Invitational Materials 1994-1999, undated
Brochures, flyers, and letters
Problems and Solutions newsletters 1989-1998
2010-050/1-2 (15050658-15050636) RESTRICTED [some records contain DOB]. Sample of Student Submissions [Listed alphabetically by student's last name.] 1989-1996
Year 1: 1989/1990
Chung, Dean
Clemens, John D.
Dittmer, Andrew
Kedlaya, Kiran
Quinn, James
Sunitky, Michael
Tentarelli, Eric
Wilman, Chris
Year 2: 1990/1991
Abdullah, Ibrahim
Goldberg, Michael
Kedlaya, Kiran
Kornfeld, Paul
Levin, Sergey
Merlo, Stefano
Ng, Lenny
Pulizotto, Ian
Quinn, James
Quist, Michael
Sachs, Jason
Schneck, Robert
Vee, Eric
Year 3: 1991/1992
Bhargava, Manjul
Bradley, David
Chien, Hank
Kedlaya, Kiran
Looger, Loren
Martin, Jeremy
McAdams, David
Merlo, Stefano
Ng, Lenny
Peng, Z. (Alex)
Petraho, Thomas
Quist, Michael
Year 4: 1992/1993
Allenbrook, John
Au, Robert
Gnepp, Andrei
Huang, Wei-Hwa
Lurie, Jacob
Rasmuseen, Jacob
Rosenberg, Noah
Shirts, Michael
Vinson, Jade
Ye, Siqin
Zarach, Joanna
Year 5: 1993/1994
Allenbrook, John
Belikov, Ruslan
Bliss, Daniel
Bosley, Carl
Khazanov, Aleksandr
Levin, Michael
Liu, Oliver
Rasmussen, Jacob
Tilford, Mark
Szymansky, Witold
Williams, Lauren
Ye, Siqin
Zarach, Joanna
Year 6: 1994/1995
Bao, Joshua
Bosley, Carl
Chang, Angel
Chen, Li-Chung
Davydov, Eugene
Gnepp, Andrei
Hillar, Christopher
Johnston, Dan
Levin, Michael
Reddy, Chaddan
Szymansky, Witold
Year 7: 1995/1996
Anthony, Barbara
Bosley, Carl
Cheong, Raymond
Davydov, Eugene
Deutsch, Howard
Hillar, Christopher
Regal, Cindy
Shein, Michael
Tilford, Mark
Zavaljevski, Maja


Series 2. Administrative Documents

2010-050/2 (15050636) Descriptive Materials about USAMTS/IMTS program
“Archival Materials on the USAMTS table of contents,” undated
“Reflections on the USAMTS/IMTS programs,” undated
“International Mathematical Talent Search Part I,” 2010
“International Mathematical Talent Search Part II,” 2011
“Calls for Problems,” 1993-1998
“Introduction” to IMTS volumes, undated
“2002 State of UTMS: A report prepared for the 2002 meeting of the MAA Committee on American Mathematics Competitions,” 2002
Forms, Certificates, and Envelopes
Blank envelopes, certificates for students, entry forms, grade forms, problems, 1990-2000, undated
Directories, 1993-2000, undated
Contest Materials
Problems and Solutions, 2002-2009
Completed entry forms and photos of grand prize winners, 1994
"Staff memos," 1991-1995


Series 3. Materials from National Security Agency (NSA) and Art of Problem Solving (AoPS)

2010-050/2 (15050636) Correspondence
Grade reports, shipment report, emails, 1993-1996, 2002-2003
Fax documents to Dr. Gene Berg, notes, 1993-1995
Internet Materials
“Downloads of materials from the internet” website printouts, circa 1997


Series 4. Publications

2010-050/2 (15050636) Young Scholars Summer Program (YSSP) Yearbooks
National Science Foundation– YSSP “Book of Memories,” book and proofs with photos, 1991, undated
Staff and Student Assistants proofs for yearbook, 1992
Book and copies of proofs, 1993
YSSP yearbook and proofs with photos, 1994
YSSP yearbook, 1995
YSSP picture book and proofs with photos, 1996
2010-050/3 (15048361) Copies of Consortium newsletter, 1997-2002
Publications promoting USATMS/ITMS, 1993-2009
“Mathematics and Informatics Quarterly, Vol. 3,” 1993
“Mathematics and Informatics Quarterly, Vol. 6,” 1996
“Matematičko-fizički List," 1993-1994
“Matematičko-fizički List," 1997-1998
“Matematičko-fizički List," 1999-2000
"Samasya, Vol. 1, no.1," 1994
News clippings in Latvian and Russian, 1994-1996
“USA Mathematical Talent Search, Book 1 and 2, Korean,” 2009