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MCM: The Mathematical Contest in Modeling
ICM: The Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling

Frequently Asked Questions About MCM and ICM

This section answers your basic questions about the MCM and ICM contests.
If you have questions that are not addressed here, you can also consult our Contest Instructions page which give more in depth details on the contest.

Q How many teams can an institution sponsor?
Q How many teams can an advisor sponsor?
Q Can a student with an associate's degree participate?
Q Is the registration fee $100 per team or $100 per institution?
Q Can I use a school purchase order to pay the registration fee?
Q Can teams participate without paying the registration fee?
Q When do the team members need to be named?
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Where and when do we find the problems?
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How many copies of the solution paper must be submitted?
Q Do I need to mail a print copy of my Control Sheet?
Q Where do I email my team's solution packet?
Q How important is the summary sheet?
Q Can teams send a disk?
Q When must we email the solution papers?
Q Who are the judges?
Q What are the judging criteria?
Q When will the contest results be available?

Q Whom do I contact if I have a question?
Q Who can act as an advisor?
Q What are the differences between the designations?
Q Can teams request that a paper be rejudged?
Q Can students from a different school be on the same team?
Q Can high school students participate in MCM or ICM?
Q Can a graduate student participate in MCM or ICM?
Q Is it the case that a paper’s summary must fit on the summary sheet, or can the summary extend to a second sheet?

Q Should the summary that will go on the summary sheet also be included in the electronic copy to be emailed?
Q Should the control sheet also be included in the electronic copy to be emailed?
Q Can a team choose problem A, B, C, D, E or F?
Q Where can I find my teams certificate?
Q Do I have to be a math major to compete in the MCM/ICM contest?
Q Are teams allowed to publish their solution?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q How many teams can an institution sponsor?
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The MCM and ICM contests allow Unlimited teams per institution, with Unlimited teams per department.
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Q How many teams can an advisor sponsor?
A An advisor can sponsor Unlimited teams.
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Q Can a student with an associate's degree participate?
A Yes, if they are currently enrolled in a four-year institution. A Bachelor’s degree or above is not allowed.
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Q Is the registration fee $100 per team or $100 per institution?
A $100 per team.
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Q Can I use a school purchase order to pay the registration fee?
A No, registration fees are only payable online via Visa or MasterCard.
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Q Can teams participate without paying the registration fee?
A
No.
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Q When do the team members need to be named?
A Team members can be named up to 8pm EST on Thursday January 19, 2017.
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Q Where and when do we find the problems?
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Problems will be posted at the MCM web site at http://www.comap.com/undergraduate/contest/mcm at 8pm EST on Thursday January 19, 2017.
The contest problems will become available precisely at 7:50PM EST on Thursday January 19, 2017 on the following mirror sites:
http://www.comap-math.com/mcm/index.html
http://www.mathismore.net/mcm/index.html
http://www.mathportals.com/mcm/index.html
http://www.immchallenge.org/mcm/index.html
If you cannot access any of the sites, there may be a problem with your local Internet connection. Contact your local Internet service provider to resolve the issue.
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Q How many print copies of the solution paper must be submitted?
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Zero/None you are required to email your solution by the email deadline.
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Q Do I need to mail a print copy of my Control Sheet?
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You are no longer required to mail a print copy of your Control Sheet.
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Q Where do I email my team's signed Control Sheet?
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After the signed control sheet is prepared, email it to: forms@comap.com. In the subject line of your email write: COMAP and your team's control number. For example: COMAP 2222. COMAP will accept only an Adobe PDF or a Photo Image of your control sheet. Limit one control sheet per email. Teams may take a picture of the signed control sheet with a phone or digital camera and then email the images to forms@comap.com. *Note: The attachment must be less than 17MB. (Note you are no longer required to mail a print copy of your control sheet.)
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Q How important is the summary sheet?
A The summary sheet is very important. It is unlikely the judges will read much beyond a poorly constructed summary.
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Q Can teams send a disk?
A No DO NOT include programs or software as they will not be used in the judging process
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Q When must we email the signed Control Sheet?
A The signed Control Sheet should be emailed in time to arrive at COMAP no later than 5 pm on Friday February 3, 2017.
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Q Who are the judges?
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The judges are mathematicians, math educators, and others who are in fields directly related to mathematics.
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Q What are the judging criteria?
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Please look at the Contest website under Teams prepare solutions. A list of guidelines details what the judges are looking for.
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Q When will the contest results be available?
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They will be available on or before April 29, 2017 and will be posted on the website.
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Q Whom do I contact if I have a question?
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Please send your questions to mcm@comap.com.
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Q Who can act as an advisor?
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Any faculty member at the institution may act as the advisor. The advisor must be willing to enforce the rules and work with both school and contest administration to insure fairness and proper academic integrity. At no time may a student act as the team advisor.
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Q What are the differences between the designations?
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Unsuccessful Participant - The team's report did not adequately respond to the requirements of the contest problem and or the team was found to be in violation of the contest rules.
Successful Participant - The report responded to the requirements of the contest problem and communicated those results to the judges.
Honorable Mention - The team's report contained elements that were judged to contain good progress in modeling and problem solving.
Meritorious - The team's report was judged to be excellent in many aspects of modeling and problem solving. The report showed elements of modeling, problem solving, and communication that are exemplary for the scope of the contest.
Finalist - The designation Finalist recognizes those papers that reached the final round of judging. After 7 rounds of judging, those papers reaching the final round of judging constitute at most two percent of all papers.
Outstanding Winner - The team was a Finalist whose report was judged to be at the highest level in terms of modeling, solving the contest problem, and communicating the solution. These reports are generally published and used as examples of outstanding student work.
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Q Can teams request that a paper be rejudged?
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Papers can not be rejudged for any reason but you do have the option to request a Judges Commentary written specifically about your team’s paper. You must request this during the sign up process and there is an additional $100 fee for this service.
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Q Can students from a different school be on the same team?
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No, students from different schools may not compete on the same team. Students must all be enrolled at the same school at the time of the contest.
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Q Can high school students participate in MCM or ICM?
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Yes, the contest is open to all high school students.
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Q Can a graduate student participate in MCM or ICM?
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No, A Bachelor’s degree or above is not allowed.
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Q Is it the case that a paper’s summary must fit on the summary sheet, or can the summary extend to a second sheet?
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Yes, it must be on a single page with a readable font (11 or 12).
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Q Should the summary that will go on the summary sheet also be included in the electronic copy to be emailed?
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Yes, an electronic version should be included with your electronic submission. Make the first page of your electronic submission the summary page.
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Q Should the control sheet also be included in the electronic copy to be emailed?
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No, you should only include your solution and your teams summary page.
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Q Can a team choose problem A, B, C, D, E, or F?
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Yes, you can choose from any of the 6 problem choices.
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Q Where can I find my teams certificate?
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Click here to download your teams certificate.
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Q Do I have to be a math major to compete in the MCM/ICM contest?
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A math major is not required and students may be from any field of study.
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Q Are teams allowed to publish their solution?
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All contest submissions and all rights to its publication become the property of COMAP and COMAP reserves the right to use in materials relating to this contest, the names of the team members, their advisor(s), and their affiliations, without further notification, permission, or compensation. Teams are allowed to request permission to submit their solutions to be published and in most cases COMAP will allow the paper to published as long as COMAP Inc. and the contest are referenced. Teams can make this request by emailing mcm@comap.com. NOTE: COMAP is aware that teams have been approached by some predatory journals. For more information about Predatory open access publishing click here.
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