Patricia Fauring, Argentina
Maria Falk de Losada receives Patricia's award on her behalf from Professor Hyman Bass, President of ICMI, in Copenhagen on Tuesday 06 July 2004.
For more than sixteen years Patricia Fauring has been at the centre
of mathematics competition activities in Argentina, working with students at all
levels. Under her leadership and guidance Argentina has created and developed
national and international events.
At the national level she is the central figure in a series of annual
competitions involving more than one hundred thousand students each year.
She has been the dominant figure in the development of the Ibero-American,
South American and Southern Core nations competitions which are novel,
innovative, and have had a significant impact on the development of
mathematical problem-solving abilities among young Spanish and
Among these are the Olympiad de Mayo or May Olympiad, held by
correspondence for students aged thirteen to fifteen years, and the Olympiada
Rioplatense which brings together students from grade six to grade thirteen
from the countries of the Rio de la Plata. Possibly the most innovative of
her creations is the Frontier Tournament group of competitions,
involving students in towns along the borders of Argentina and its
neighbours, and designed to stimulate mathematical activity in outlying areas.
Patricia has been the principal mathematician involved in traning Argentine
teams for the IMO and other international events, where they have done
respectably. She was also the organiser of the very successful 1997 IMO in
Mar del Plata and has been elected to the IMO Executive Board.