Media Tour Advisory: What Can America Gain from Studying Academic Habits of Country’s Top Math Students?

Media Tour Advisory: What Can America Gain from Studying Academic Habits of Country’s Top Math Students?

Moody’s Analytics economist to provide insight on results of national study of young math enthusiasts


April 5, 2017
WHAT: Media Tour - Academic Habits of America's Top Math Students Unveiled
April 14-21, 2017 – selected dates
WHO: Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, a subsidiary of Moody’s Corporation
R.S.V.P.: Gail Bergman or Elizabeth Glassen – Gail Bergman PR or 1-877-986-1340

A national survey conducted by the Philadelphia-based Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and sponsored by The Moody's Corporation, queried 1,680 11th and 12th grade students, comprising some of America’s brightest young math minds, to get a glimpse into the motivation and practices behind their academic success. Topics explored include hours and location spent doing homework, sleep and eating habits, extracurricular activities, preferred learning methods and reasons behind the students’ interest in math.

The students queried for the survey are all participants of the Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge, a prestigious national math competition that involves high school juniors and seniors using mathematical modeling to recommend solutions for real-world problems. From a pool of 5,100 students working in 1,100 teams, the six finalist teams – judged to be superior by a national panel of professional mathematicians – will participate in the final event at Moody’s headquarters on April 24.

“The SIAM survey is an important step in identifying what makes those who are passionate about math succeed so that we can transfer that insight to American educators and parents, and enable students who struggle with STEM and other subjects to learn from it,” Zandi said.

In interviews, Zandi will discuss why boosting America’s academic rankings on a global scale, particularly in math and science, is critical for the future economic health of the country. He will also share suggestions on how parents can promote interest and motivation in math and STEM subjects well before the next generation joins the workforce.


Media interviews will be set up on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information and to schedule an interview:

Gail Bergman or Elizabeth Glassen
Gail Bergman PR
Tel: 1-877-986-1340

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