Academic Year 2016-2017

The Mathematics Department at OSU sponsors the following undergraduate mathematics competitions for all students, math majors and non-majors:

See below for details on each contest, including test dates, deadlines for registering, and sample problems. In all cases, the participation will occur here at OSU.


VTR Math Contest

The 38th Annual Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest (VTRMC) will be held on Saturday October 22, 2016 9:00AM to 11:30AM (local time).

 

  • Each year, nearly 1000 students participate at more than 200 colleges and universities throughout the USA.
  • Individuals compete for $750 in cash prizes for national winners.
  • This year we are pleased to announce that there will be cash prizes (totaling $100) for OSU top scorers!
  • Past Exams with Solutions (1994-on) are online at:
    http://www.math.vt.edu/people/plinnell/Vtregional/

This contest serves as a preliminary contest to the annual Putnam Competition held later in December. As such, it is roughly half as long (approximately 6-8 problems) with half as much time (2.5 hrs) and are at a more accessible level to beginning undergraduates.

Although the VTRMC is good practice, participation is not required for Putnam participation.

For more information, or to sign up, email Professor Nathan Gibson: 

 


Putnam Exam

The 77th Annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The morning session will run 8:00AM - 11:00AM followed by the afternoon session 1:00PM - 4:00PM (local time).

 

  • Winning individuals earn between $250 and $2500 in cash prizes; winning teams earn between $5000 and $25000
  • This year we are pleased to announce that there will be cash prizes (totaling $100) for OSU top scorers!
  • Each year thousands of undergraduates and high school students participate at more than 540 schools throughout the USA and Canada
  • Approximately half of the participants score zero out of 120 on 12 problems, to score a single point is an accomplishment!
  • More information is online at:
    http://www.maa.org/programs/maa-awards/putnam-competition-individual-and-team-winners or Google putnam exam.

 

See the previous year's top scorers listed on the Math Dept Awards page.

For more information, or to sign up, email Professor Nathan Gibson: 

 


COMAP MCM

The 33rd Annual COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling will be held January 19 - 23, 2017.

 

  • Teams of three students work on their choice of two interdisciplinary projects over four days
  • Last year over 7000 teams of (up to 3) undergraduates participated at more than 900 schools throughout the WORLD
  • More information is online at:
    http://www.comap.com/undergraduate/contests/mcm/.

This is an international, team based, undergraduate, mathematical modeling competition. Each team has three students, from any major. Two open-ended, real-world problems will be offered. Teams will choose one problem and write up a thorough solution approach within 4 days. Teams may use any inanimate source of data or materials. Submissions will be judged on the basis of scientific merits as well as clarity and organization of the written report.

The deadline to register will be in January.

See the previous year's winning teams listed on the Math Dept Awards page.

For more information, or to sign up, email Professor Nathan Gibson: 

 


Monthly Problem Solving Competition

Need an undergraduate volunteer to manage this contest. Problems are posted on the Math Club bulletin board (Kidder 3rd floor) monthly. Solutions are turned in to the Math Club file folder in the Mathematics Department Office Kidder 368.

The undergraduate student who solves the most problems in a year can be funded to represent OSU at the national competition at MathFest in the summer! The 2009 winner was Chris Rathnam who placed 5th in the national competition at MathFest in Portland.