Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications

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September 15, 2022
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What Is the MCM/ICM Undergraduate Math Competition?

Are you a student looking for an undergraduate math competition where you can solve a real-world math problem in a team setting? Then you found the right page! Learn more about our real-world mathematical modeling competition where research, analytics, and applied intelligence reign along with less-quantifiable factors like timing and luck.

What is the MCM/ICM undergraduate math competition?

COMAP’s Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM)® / Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM)® is an international math competition for undergraduates that provides an opportunity to work as team members to engage in and improve their modeling, problem solving, and writing skills. Teams apply mathematics to model, develop, and communicate a solution to a real-world problem.

What’s in it for you? 

It’s a chance to challenge your brain, solve a real world math problem, and get recognition for it on an international stage. It’s an excellent opportunity to develop your interpersonal skills through teamwork. It’s also an impressive resume credential and an advantage when applying for internships. Added Attraction: A chance for your team to win the International COMAP Scholarship Award, and more. Click here for more details.

What’s in it for your school? 

The recognition and prestige of being part of COMAP’s annual international event. Meaningful preparation for the real world of problems, politics and financial constraints. Impetus and justification for more applied courses’ a blueprint for your schools future.

What’s the difference between MCM and ICM?

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.

When is the next math competition and how do I register?

Get the latests dates, news, and participation instructions from our MCM/ICM undergraduate math competition on our official math contest website.

What other math competitions does COMAP offer?

Click here to learn about our middle and high school math contests!

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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.


COMAP develops curriculum resources, professional development programs, and contest opportunities that are multidisciplinary, academically rigorous, and fun for educators and students. COMAP's educational philosophy is centered around mathematical modeling: using mathematical tools to explore real-world problems.

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