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Old Boy bound for Cambridge

Posted on 6 August 2019

Old Boy Ivan Zelich (2015) recently completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics at The University of Queensland in two years instead of three, by completing six subjects each semester, followed by a year of honours. In doing so, he achieved Dean’s Commendations for Academic Excellence in all six semesters, the James Cecil Stevenson Memorial Prize in 2017 and the Giuseppe Sciacca International Award for Mathematics, and he finished his time at UQ as Valedictorian for the Faculty of Science.

He now has his sights set on completing his masters at Cambridge, but his ultimate goal is to undertake a PhD in pure mathematics at Oxford.

'I want to become a professor in mathematics and do some high-quality research,' Ivan said.

'I’ve had interests in other areas of science, such as neuroscience, so I am always on the lookout for potentially applying high-end mathematics to solve problems in other areas of STEM.'

As a Year 12 student in 2015, Ivan joined forces with fellow teenager Xuming Liang to develop the Liang Zelich Theorem, which was published in the International Journal of Geometry and led to him being nominated for 2017 QLD Young Australian of the Year.