Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM)®

The Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM)®

Upcoming Contest Dates

February 16
 — February 20, 2023

The Challenge

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 to an open-ended application problem. In these contests research, analytics, and applied intelligence reign along with less-quantifiable factors like timing and luck. Are you and your team up to it?

Problem Choices

Contest teams of up to three students address one of the following six problems choices over the period of the contest weekend.

  • MCM Problem A (continuous)
  • MCM Problem B (discrete)
  • MCM Problem C (data insights)
  • ICM Problem D (operations research/network science)
  • ICM Problem E (sustainability)
  • ICM Problem F (policy)

What's in it for you? 

The contests provide a chance to challenge your brain, solve a real-world application problem, and get recognition for it on an international stage. It's an excellent opportunity to develop your interpersonal skills through teamwork, develop technical writing and communication skills through your written report, feel a sense of accomplishment, and earn an impressive resume credential. Students and advisors report that participation and success in MCM/ICM provides an advantage when applying for internships and jobs.

What's in it for your school? 

Schools enjoy the recognition and prestige of being part of COMAP's annual international modeling contest event. COMAP published a press release of the annual contest results that lists advisors, schools, school locations, and awards. Contest participation indicates the school’s support of students’ meaningful application of topics studied in the classroom in preparation for addressing a variety of problems in the real-world. The contest can provide impetus and justification for developing more applied courses and for integrating modeling into current courses.

And there’s MORE!

MCM/ICM offer your team and school the chance to win prizes. The International COMAP Scholarship Award is awarded to the four (4) top MCM/ICM teams from any of the participating countries/regions. The team members split $9000 and $1000 goes to their school. Awards will be announced on or before April 30th each year. COMAP partners with five other professional organizations to provide additional awards to MCM/ICM teams.

The MCM and ICM Contests are Sponsored by


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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