UNAIR NEWS – Jefferson Caesario, a medical student of Faculty of Medicine (FK) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) should be proud of himself. He was one of nine Indonesian delegates in International Mathematics Competition (IMC) in Bulgaria on July 24-31, 2016. Jefferson even won a bronze medal in the competition.
IMC is a routine competition participated by the Ministry of Research and higher Education (Kemenristek Dikti) Indonesia. Every year, Kemenristek Dikti sends 9 best students to IMC. The nine students are chosen from a selection participated by 20 participants of ON-MIPA (Mathematics and Science National Olympiad and First place of National Science Olympiad (OSN) Pertamina. With Jefferson success as the first winner in last year’s PERTAMINA OSN, he had an opportunity to join the selection and chosen as one of the delegates in IMC.
To participate in an international level competition like IMC, great preparation must be made. Jefferson said that Kemenristek Dikti held preparation twice. The first was on June 21-28 and the second was on July 21-23. Both preparation covered real analysis, complex analysis, algebra, combinatorics, and number theory.
During preparation, the delegates were trained by Olympiad trainers from lecturers of Indonesian reputable universities. It was started from 7 in the morning to 10 in the evening every day. The participants were trained on solving math problems and held a discussion of solved math problems.
Jefferson’s preparation in IMC was not without obstacles. The training or preparation camps held at the same time with final term exam so he had difficulties to focus on both. But great support from his parents which motivated him not to be bothered with results, made him try his best.
“Lecturers of FK UNAIR also supported by providing late exam, along with friends who helped me studying,” he said.
IMC competition which lasted for 8 days in Europe, made him glad as he could meet other students from 25 countries. On the first day, July 26, Jefferson succeeded in getting 20 points and on the second day he got 17 points.
“I regretted some problems which could have been solved well, but I am still grateful for getting a bronze medal. So Indonesia won 4 bronze medals and got 5 honorable mentions,” said Jefferson.
Achievements made by Jefferson and other eight participants are extraordinary. Beside gaining reputation for Indonesia, each delegate also gave reputation for the alma mater, as Jefferson makes UNAIR proud of his achievement. Nevertheless, Jefferson was not content with it. He was determined to participate again in IMC next year and achieve better results.
“Beside trying again for IMC, in the future I want to make achievements not only in Mathematics but also in Medicine,” said the 19 year old student who is also active on AMSA, Forisma and Medchoir.
Jefferson hoped that his achievement motivated other UNAIR students to perform their best to gain good reputation for the alma mater at national and international level event. (*)
Author : Okky Putri
Editor : Dilan Salsabila