Sophomore Tianxin Xie Receives MAA Certificate of Excellence
Tianin Xie (Class of 2023) will receive a Certificate of Excellence from The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for her outstanding achievement on the MAA American Mathematics Competition. Every year, more than 300,000 students participate in the MAA AMC competitions. Tianxin is recognized as one of the five top-scoring females from the Texas region. She will receive the Maryam Mirzakhani Certificate of Excellence in honor of her performance.
The Award: Maryam Mirzakhani Awards are named after Maryam Mirzakhani, an inspirational mathematician and professor of mathematics at Stanford University. “Dr. Mirzakhani achieved so much at such a young age and defied all the odds on her journey to mathematical excellence,” said Meera Desai. Mirzakhani was the first female honored with the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics and she is an International Mathematical Olympiad gold medalist with a perfect score. Mirzakhani’s accomplishments laid the groundwork for aspiring young mathematicians and she is quoted by Stanford News saying “I am sure there will be many more women winning this kind of award in coming years.” On 14 July 2017, Mirzakhani died of breast cancer at the age of 40.