COMAP's Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM)® and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM)® are international contests for high school students and college undergraduates. The contests challenge teams of up to three students to analyze, model, solve, and present solution reports on an open-ended application problem. In these contests research, analytics, applied intelligence, and teamwork are just as important as time management and problem selection. Learn more about our math contests.
This year’s contest ran from February 16 to February 20, and we are pleased to announce the results!
This year, during the 39th annual MCM, 11,296 teams representing institutions from 21 countries/regions participated in the contest. Twenty-two teams from the following institutions were designated as outstanding winners:
The 2023 MCM problems represented a variety of challenging problems spanning the familiar to the new. Each problem required teams to apply mathematical modeling skills in a creative way. All three problems were created by the MCM Problem Committee, a unique blend of academicians and industry professionals with many years of mathematical modeling experience. Click here to view the problems.
This year, during the 25th annual MCM, 9,563 teams representing institutions from 13 countries/regions participated in the contest. Fifteen teams from the following institutions were designated as outstanding award winners:
Student teams produced creative and relevant solutions to complex questions and built models to handle the tasks assigned in the problems. The problems also required data analysis, creative modeling, and scientific methodology, along with effective writing and visualization to communicate their team’s results in a 25-page report.
Abstracts of select reports from both contests will be featured in The UMAP Journal, along with commentaries from the problem authors and judges. We congratulate all of the competing teams for their excellent work and enthusiasm for mathematical modeling and interdisciplinary problem solving.
Unabridged versions of all the Outstanding Papers are now available to MATHModels.org members. For more information visit www.mathmodels.org.
Our math contests are team-based competitions, so teamwork is essential. Teams that enter the contest have a unique opportunity to work on very challenging real-world math modeling problems. So during the contest, they are able to build interpersonal skills such as active listening, communication, collaboration, and building consensus to name a few. And there are many more benefits to participating in math contests.
We will be highlighting some of the teams on social media over the coming weeks, so make sure you are following us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn!
The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications is an award-winning non-profit organization whose mission is to improve mathematics education for students of all ages. Since 1980, COMAP has worked with teachers, students, and business people to create learning environments where mathematics is used to investigate and model real issues in our world.