Math Competitions

Undergraduate Math Competitions

  • Iowa Math Modeling Contest (IMMC)

    Use your math skills to solve esoteric questions as well as practical problems, and win flowers and applause! Every year, UI Math Club organizes students to compete in math competitions of different levels (regional, national, and international). The following are some math competitions we competed in the past:

    Organized by the University of Iowa Department of Mathematics,Iowa Math Modeling Contest gives undergraduate students the opportunity to apply their math skills to real world problems. In teams of three, students will have 23 hours to develop and test a model and write a one-page summary of their finds; an additional (24th) hour will be available in order for teams to finalize a 10-minute presentation explaining their result. The event will conclude with an award ceremony that will highlight the work of winning teams.

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  • Iowa Collegiate Math Competition

    The Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition is a three-hour team competition administered by the Iowa Section of the Mathematics Association of America in late March or early April of each year.

    The Math Club coordinates participation in this event.  If you would like to participate in this event, please attend Math Club meetings or contact the Math Club president.

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  • Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM)

    The Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) is a multi-day mathematics competition held annually, during the first or second weekend in February, since 1985 by COMAP and sponsored by SIAM, the NSA, and INFORMS. It is distinguished from other major mathematical competitions such as Putnam by its strong focus on research, originality, teamwork, communication and justification of results.

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  • Putnam Competition

    The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, often abbreviated to the Putnam Competition, is an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate college students of the United States and Canada, awarding scholarships and cash prize ranging from \$250 to \$2,500 for the top students and \$5,000 to \$25,000 for the top schools. The competition was founded in 1927 by Elizabeth Lowell Putnam in memory of her husband William Lowell Putnam, who was an advocate of intercollegiate intellectual competition. The exam has been offered annually since 1928 and is administered by the Mathematical Association of America.

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