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Baruch Students Earn Top Prizes
at CUNY Math Challenge

NEW YORK, NY- May 14, 2014 –Baruch College students led the charge at the CUNY Math Challenge by winning two of the Top 3 prizes during the competition. Cheuk Hong Lam, senior Actuarial Science major won the Grand Prize and Jerry Lee, junior Mathematics major won the Third prize.

The winners were announced on May 9. The CUNY Math Challenge, sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development (CISDD) and supported by the Office of the Chancellor, is open to CUNY undergraduate students who enjoy solving mathematical challenges.

The competition is made up of four rounds, the first three of which take place online and consist of five mathematical problems each. The competition began February 11 and continued with new online rounds opening every three weeks. Students who participated had until the last day of the three weeks to submit their answers in each online round, and accumulated points along the way. Problems in each round varied on levels of difficulty.

The top performing students after the first three rounds were invited to the final round, an in-person exam that was administered April 27. Approximately 30 qualifying students competed in the final round for up to $15,000 in cash prizes ranging from $500 up to the grand prize of $2,500.


Baruch College Winners



Cheuk Hong Lam is a repeat Grand Prize winner of the CUNY Math Challenge, having placed first in the last two years’ competitions. He works part-time as an SAT math teacher and enjoys playing the piano in his free time.



Jerry Lee is a junior at Baruch College, where he is majoring in mathematics and minoring in computer information systems. He hopes to pursue an advanced degree in financial mathematics and eventually work as a quantitative trader. He enjoys playing basketball, pool, and video games. Jerry won Second Prize at the 2013 CUNY Math Challenge.



Wei Liu is a senior majoring in accounting. Prior to Baruch, he attended the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where he received an associate degree in Business Administration. In 2013, Wei won the Third Prize in the CUNY Math Challenge. He enjoys traveling and playing basketball in his spare time. Wei hopes to work in the financial sector after he graduates.

Yiqiang Wang is a senior majoring in accounting. He previously attended Queensborough Community College, where he studied business. Yiqiang hopes to pursue a graduate degree in math and become a teacher. Originally from China, Yiqiang has been living in New York City for four years.



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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