Calhoun’s Michelle Serban Advances to Finals in LI Math Fair

Michelle Serban, an Advanced Science Research student at Calhoun High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District presented her mathematics research at the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair at Hofstra University on March 1 and was chosen as a finalist to return on April 12.

“Michelle was inspired to begin her research through the "Institute of Creative Problem Solving For Gifted Students" at SUNY Old Westbury, in which she takes classes and workshops on Saturdays,” explained her adviser Christine Boyce.

With Serban’s project, "An Exploration of the Correlation Between Consecutive Coefficient Factorable Quadratic Equations and the Fibonacci Sequence," she seeks to prove that by using consecutive terms from the Fibonacci and Lucas number sequences, factorable quadratic equations that contain coefficients whose absolute values give consecutive numbers can be produced.

“I enjoy factoring and find it satisfying when I find a quadratic equation that works out,” explained Serban, a sophomore. “After reading an interesting online article about the correlation between the two, I decided to begin researching it.”

“We wish Michelle the best of luck as she prepares for the Long Island finals against the top high school mathematical minds on Long Island,” added Boyce.