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Undergraduate Christmas Challenge

Each Christmas a prize is offered for the best solutions to a series of mathematical problems. The challenge is open to any student registered on an undergraduate programme in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University.

2018 Christmas Challenge

Congratulations to our Christmas 2018 winners! Benedek Dombos was awarded the first prize and Tadhg Davey was awarded the special prize. 

View the prize winners here.

Christmas Challenge 2018

2017 Christmas Challenge

Congratulations to our Christmas 2017 winners! Benedek Dombos was awarded the first prize and Ben Crossley was awarded the special prize. Click here to see Benedek and Ben receiving their prizes. 

Christmas Challenge 2017

2016 Christmas Challenge

The 2016 Christmas challenge first prize was awarded jointly to Benedek Dombos & Luke Thompson! A special mention to Luke who has held the top title since 2014! Congratulations also goes to Ben Crossley who was awarded Special Prize.

View a photo of the prize winners here.

Christmas Challenge 2016

 

2015 Christmas Challenge

The winner of the Mathematical Christmas Challenge for 2015 was Luke Thompson, who managed to repeat last year's success.  Luke can be seen here, receiving his prize from the organiser of the challenge,  Sasha Veselov.‌ 

 Xmas Challenge 2015

 

Christmas Challenge 2015

2014 Christmas Challenge

The 2014 winner Luke Thompson, receiving his prizes from the organisers of the challenge, Brian Winn and Sasha Veselov.
The 2014 winner Luke Thompson, receiving his prizes from the organisers of the challenge, Brian Winn and Sasha Veselov.

Christmas Challenge 2014 pdf

2013 Christmas Challenge

The 2013 winners Robert Purdham-Cook and Stephen Smith, receiving their prizes from the organisers of the challenge, Sasha Veselov and Anthony Kay.
The 2013 winners Robert Purdham-Cook and Stephen Smith, receiving their prizes from the organisers of the challenge, Sasha Veselov and Anthony Kay.

Christmas Challenge 2013 pdf

2012 Christmas Challenge

The 2012 winner Magdalena Zajaczkowska, receiving her prizes from the organisers of the challenge, Sasha Veselov and Brian Winn.
The 2012 winner Magdalena Zajaczkowska, receiving her prizes from the organisers of the challenge, Sasha Veselov and Brian Winn.

Christmas Challenge 2012 pdf

 

2011 Christmas Challenge

The 2011 winners Karl Robert Thomas and Magda Zajaczkowska receive their prizes from the organisers of the challenge, Sasha Veselov and Brian Winn.
The 2011 winners Karl Robert Thomas and Magda Zajaczkowska receive their prizes from the organisers of the challenge, Sasha Veselov and Brian Winn.

Christmas Challenge 2011 pdf

Previous winners

  • 2018: Benedek Dombos (first prize) and Tadhg Davey (special prize)
  • 2017: Benedek Dombos (first prize) and Ben Crossley (special prize)
  • 2016: Benedek Dombos and Luke Thompson (joint first prize), Ben Crossley (special prize)
  • 2015: Luke Thompson
  • 2014: Luke Thompson
  • 2013: Robert Purdham-Cook and Stephen Smith
  • 2012: Magda Zajaczkowska
  • 2011: Karl Robert Thomas and Magda Zajaczkowska
  • 2010: Magda Zajaczkowska (overall winner), Nicola Hart (special prize) and Karl Robert Thomas (special prize)
  • 2009: Nicola Hart (overall winner), Magda Zajaczkowska (special prize) and Sam Swift (special prize)
  • 2008: Nicola Hart
  • 2007: Ben Carter
  • 2006: Michael Bironneau
  • 2005: Andrew Peacock (overall winner) and Harindra Patel (special prize)
  • 2004: Mark Newstead
  • 2003: Ausra Glozeckaite (overall winner) and Richard Findlay (special prize)
  • 2001: Matthew Sayles
  • 2000: Sebastian Kubiesa (overall winner) and Stewart Gordon (special prize)