HU Hosts a Middle School “Math Counts” Competition

Hampton, Va. (February 5, 2024) – On Saturday, February 3rd, the Hampton University Department of Mathematics orchestrated a highly successful Math Counts competition.

The event, sponsored by the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers, saw participation from 34 talented students who have become the top math performers at their respective middle schools.

“It is truly inspiring to witness the passion and dedication these young mathematicians bring to the field,” said Arun Verma, Ph.D. “Math Counts is not just a competition. It is a celebration of mathematical achievement and a stepping-stone for these students towards a brighter academic future.”

The Math Counts competition, a testament to Verma’s commitment to fostering mathematical excellence, showcased the intellectual prowess of young minds in the realm of mathematics, featured a range of challenging mathematical problems, encouraging critical thinking and problem-solving abilities among the students.

Math Counts, a nationally recognized organization, not only provides a platform for students to demonstrate their skills but also highlights the importance of mathematics in education.

Verma has been hosting the competition at HU for the past decade, fostering middle schoolers’ interest in math and eventually STEM career fields. Verma said he builds upon the competition as a recruiting tool and early exposure to the college experience for youth ages 12 to 15 years,

Verma continues to play a pivotal role in advancing mathematical education at Hampton University and beyond.


Founded in 1868, Hampton University has been the Standard of Excellence in higher education for over 150 years. Rich in history and tradition, Hampton University is recognized as one of the top historically black colleges and universities in the world, and recently named the top private university in Virginia. Hampton provides a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations.

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