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COMAP has been administering contests in mathematical modeling since 1984. We pride ourselves on giving students experience with real and important problems - the kind that mathematics was intended to analyze and solve. Mathematics was invented to help us understand and manage the world around us. Modeling is at heart the interaction between the idealized world of mathematics and the 'real' world we live in.

Our contests are real in another sense. They take place over a reasonable time period and they require teamwork. This is the way that industry and government work. Mathematics is not a solitary effort and real problems take time to consider and to solve. Our modeling contests are designed to give students honest experiences that reflect the way the world works.

The purpose of our contests is not simply to reward students who do well. It is to show them the importance and centrality of mathematics in the modern age. It is our sincere hope that all students will gain from participating and trying their hand at these contemporary and challenging problems.

Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems. The contest attracts diverse students and faculty advisors from over 500 institutions around the world.

The Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM), an international contest for high school students and college undergraduates. 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.

Life in the Math Lane: True Tales of the MCM/ICM

Mark your calendar the 2015 contest dates are set for February 5-9, 2015

To print the 2015 MCM/ICM flyer, click here.

The MCM and ICM Contests are Sponsored by:


Department of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School,
CSIAM - Chinese Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Two Sigma Investments is an experienced group of analytical and technical financial professionals based in New York City, building and operating sophisticated quantitative trading strategies for domestic and international markets. If you are interested in learning more about Two Sigma or submitting your resume for consideration, please visit our web site at www.twosigma.com.

Chinese students may obtain more information about the MCM/ICM contests in Chinese at:



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