Each team must consist of 1 to 5 students studying at the same secondary school. Each team shall be supervised and led by a teacher of the same school. Participants are advised that larger teams may encounter more challenges in coordination and tasks distribution than smaller teams, and this may have a negative effect on the research process.
The eligibility of a student or teacher is defined by their respective school enrollment or employment as of the application deadline. For the purposes of this competition, the student(s) or the teacher of a team will continue to represent the same team even though he or she may have changed school after the application deadline.
A secondary school may have more than one team participating in each competition. A teacher may also supervise and lead more than one team. However, a student can only participate in one team.
Students who wish to participate in the Hang Lung Mathematics Awards can form a team and complete the initial registration through the registration webpage (“Register Now” above)
Each team should select a suitable mathematical research topic and perform an independent research. The team may submit a research outline (optional), which is usually helpful in clarifying the research process.
Each team must finalize its registration by providing accurate and complete information of the team through the registration website on or before the application deadline.
Each team should submit a research report, written in English or Chinese, before midnight ofthe report submission deadline, through a designated Internet channel.
Specific formats in writing a research report need to be observed (please refer to the Competition Guide page). If a team submits a Chinese report, then an English summary may be required later during the adjudication process.
Late research reports will not be accepted.
Each team should comply with academic honesty standards and respect the intellectual property rights of others’ works when producing the research report. For details, please refer to relevant sections in the Competition Guide.
By registering to participate in the Hang Lung Mathematics Awards, each participant is deemed to have read, understood and agreed to the Personal Data Collection Statement for the Hang Lung Mathematics Awards.
In case of any discrepancy between the different language versions in respect of any part or all of the contents in this Hang Lung Mathematics Awards website, the English version shall prevail.
In case of any dispute arising in relation to the competition, the co-organizers of Hang Lung Mathematics Awards reserve the right to make the final decision.
The Hang Lung Mathematics Awards adopts a two-stage assessment process: the “research report review”, and the “oral defense”. For details, please refer to the page Assessment Process.
Generally, research reports that fulfill the basic requirements will be sent to the Scientific Committee for review. Each research report will be sent to at least two adjudicators, and the adjudication process usually takes three months. Around early December, the Scientific Committee will determine which teams will be invited to participate in an oral defense, usually held in mid-December. At the oral defense, each invited team will need to give a brief presentation, and then respond to inquiries raised by the adjudication panel.
In the research process, a team may seek opinions and accept guidance from other people. However, team members are expected to truly understand the content of their research work. It is important that students actually perform the research work by themselves.
Choosing a seemingly advanced and technical mathematics topic to work on may not offer any advantage in the competition. Gaps in understanding can be easily detected by our reviewers and referees. Moreover, it is usually difficult to demonstrate creativity on advanced topics.
No penalty will be given to work that has received guidance from people outside of school. The judgement on whether a work is accepted or not is solely made on academic quality and integrity.
Personal data (including but not limited to name, contact details, date of birth, Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card number, name of school and address and email address) of the participants collected and stored for this competition is strictly confidential. The purpose and use of this information is for: evaluation of applications, assessing the works of the participants, administration of the competition, surveys and data study etc.. The co-organizers would not use such personal data of any participant for other purposes without obtaining the participant’s prior consent.
The participants shall be notified of the competition arrangements and results via email and/or phone.
Disclosure and Transfer of Personal Data
Personal data held by the co-organizers shall be kept confidential but the co-organizers may provide or transfer the personal data to (i) any member of the co-organizers’ group, any agent, contractor, insurer or third party who provides arrangements and administrative support for the competition, competition promotion and research, data processing or other services to any member of the co-organizers’ group who has a duty of confidentiality to the same, or (ii) any other person to whom the co-organizers are under an obligation to make disclosure under the requirements of the law binding on the co-organizers for the purposes of any guidelines issued by regulatory or other authorities with which the co-organizers are expected to comply, or (iii) any person under a duty of confidentiality to the co-organizers (including the accountants, legal advisors or other professional advisors).
The co-organizers may transfer the participants’ personal data to the above parties outside Hong Kong for the purposes mentioned above.
Access to and Correction of Personal Data
Participants have the right of access to and correction of their personal data in accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. Such enquires or requests should be addressed to:
Hang Lung Mathematics Awards
c/o Department of Mathematics
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, NT, Hong Kong
The co-organizers shall keep the participants’ personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purpose for which the personal data was collected. Personal data which is no longer required would be destroyed.
Personal Data Collection Statement