1.What is the difference of competition format between Yau Science Awards (Mathematics) and the International Mathematical Olympiad?
The Awards encourages innovation, so that students are free to choose the subject and do the research in the open-ended competition. Finally, they will submit their dissertations. Different from the format of The International Olympic Math Competition, The Awards attaches more importance to the overall qualities of innovation, teamwork spirit etc.
2.Since it is an open-ended competition, how will you prevent plagiarism and ensure the fairness?
Each submitted dissertation will go through three stages of assessment. In each stage, experts in the corresponding field will be invited to make rigorous reviews. In the final stage, there will be the live oral defense and presentation. Only after all the three stages the most outstanding recipient can be selected for The Awards.