Turn theory into practice by entering COMAPís Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). The study of mathematics as a subject in its own right may have started with Pythagoras, but people have been counting as a basic necessity of everyday life for thousands of years. It follows that mathematics was invented to help us understand and manage the world around us.
Whatís in for you? Itís a chance to challenge your brain, solve a real world math problem, and get recognition for it on an international stage. Itís an excellent opportunity to develop your interpersonal skills through teamwork. Itís also an impressive resume credential and an advantage when applying for internships.
Whatís in for your school? The recognition and prestige of being part of COMAPís 31st annual international event. Meaningful preparation for the real world of problems, politics and financial constraints. Impetus and justification for more applied courses Ė a blueprint for your schools future.
COMAPís Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) is Real World Mathematical Modeling where research, analytics and applied intelligence reign along with less-quantifiable factors like timing and luck. Think youíre up to it?
Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), an
international contest for high school students and college
undergraduates. It challenges teams
of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions
to open-ended problems. The contest attracts diverse
students and faculty advisors from over 900 institutions
around the world.
The Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM), is an extension of the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). It is
designed to develop and advance interdisciplinary problem-solving
skills as well as competence in written communication.
Mark your calendar the 2015 contest dates are set for February 5-9, 2015
To print the 2015 MCM/ICM flyer, click
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The Two Sigma Scholarship Award will be awarded to two top MCM/ICM US teams; $10,000 per team with $9000 going to the team members and $1000 to the school represented. Awards will be announced in April 2015.
the results are issued, each successfully participating team advisor and student will receive a
certificate of participation. You
may login to the contest web site using the Advisor Login link to view and print your team's certificates. All international
teams will ONLY receive an electronic (PDF) certificate. US teams should allow several
weeks after the results are posted to the contest web site to receive your
print certificate. Click here to download MCM/ICM certificates.
- The Ben Fusaro Award, Typically, among the final MCM papers from which the Outstanding ones are selected is a paper that is especially creative but contains a flaw that prevents it from attaining the Outstanding designation. In accord with Ben’s wishes, the award will recognize such teams.
- The Mathematical Contest in Modeling’s Frank R. Giordano Award began in 2012. It honors Brig. Gen. (ret) Frank Giordano who directed the MCM for 20 years. This award goes to a paper that demonstrates true excellence in the execution of the modeling process.
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is the largest society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research (OR), management science (MS), and analytics. INFORMS has long recognized the importance of involving undergraduate students and faculty in an unscripted process of mathematical modeling whose problems contain many of the modern elements seen by its membership. The MCM/ICM exemplifies these characteristics. Consequently, INFORMS has been an active supporter of the MCM/ICM since its inception.
INFORMS carefully selects and designates a single Outstanding team from each of the four problems - A, B, C, D - as an INFORMS Outstanding winning team whose modeling and analyses best exemplify the style and content reflected in its membership's professional practice. Each of the INFORMS Outstanding teams receives an engraved plaque for their department's use as a public recognition of the team's achievement. Each student also receives a letter of congratulations from the current INFORMS President, a complimentary one-year INFORMS student membership, a print copy of the award plaque suitable for framing, and an individual cash award. Each associated faculty advisor receives a letter of congratulations and appreciation from the current INFORMS President, along with complimentary one-year access to the full suite of award-winning INFORMS journals.
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) will designate one Outstanding team from each MCM problem as a SIAM winner.
Description of the Award
Student Team Members
Each student member of the winning team will receive a cash award of $500 and three one-year student memberships in SIAM. Team members’ travel expenses will be reimbursed by SIAM up to $650 for domestic travel or $800 for international travel. A one-year student membership in SIAM will be given to each member of non-winning teams judged as "Outstanding" by the official contest judges.
A suitable certificate for the home institutions will be given to the faculty advisers of the winning teams
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) will designate one Outstanding team from each problem for the MCM as a MAA winner. Each student member of the winning team will receive a certificate. MAA will partial reimburse teams travel expenses to Math Fest so that they may present their paper.