Academic Year 2018-2019
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 41st Annual Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest (VTRMC) will be held on Saturday October 26, 2019 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.
- Past Exams with Solutions (1994-on) are online at:
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 its problems are at a more accessible level to beginning undergraduates.
Although the VTRMC is good practice, participation in the VTRMC is not required for participation in the Putnam.
The 80th Annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019. The morning session will run 8:00AM - 11:00AM followed by the afternoon session 1:00PM - 4:00PM (local time).
Participants must contact coordinator by October 13 to register!
- Winning individuals earn between $250 and $2500 in cash prizes; winning teams earn between $5000 and $25000
- 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.
The 35th Annual COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling will be held Jan 24-28, 2019.
- Teams of three students work on their choice from three math modeling projects over four days
- Last year over 10,000 teams of (up to 3) undergraduates participated from more than 18 countries throughout the WORLD
- More information is online at:
This is an international, team based, undergraduate, mathematical modeling competition. Each team has three students, from any major. Three 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 helpful preparation materials including past submissions and source codes.
See the previous year's winning teams listed on the Math Dept Awards page.
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.