Contest Registration and Instructions
November 9-19, 2018
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES TO THE HiMCM RULES WHICH ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN RED BELOW
*Please register only the teams that will take part in the contest.
Registration fees are not refundable.*
The first step in the registration process is payment of
the $100 registration
fee per team. We accept payment
via Mastercard or Visa, and payment must be made via our
secure web site. We regret that we are not able to accept
other forms of
To participate in HiMCM a team must be sponsored
by a faculty advisor from that school. The registration
process must be completed by the advisor.
There are several procedures that a team's
advisor must go through at various times before, during,
and after the contest. Please read these instructions carefully
and be sure to complete all the steps involved. It is the
advisor's responsibility to make sure that teams are correctly
registered and that all steps required for participation
in HiMCM are completed.
HiMCM: Procedures and Tips for a Great Experience
HiMCM: Procedures and Tips for a Great Experience (Chinese)
The purpose of this article is to assist and guide students and advisors participating in The High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). In the article, COMAP, provides information about the administration of the contests, as well as tips to ensure your contest experience is smooth, satisfying, and enjoyable.
Note that COMAP is in the USA Eastern time
zone: all times given in these instructions are in terms
of Eastern Standard Time (EST) except where local time is
Changes for 2018
● To cover increasing administrative and judging costs, the contest registration fee will increase from $75 to $100 per team.
● The restriction for teams to work only within a consecutive 36-hour period is lifted. The contest will be open during an 11-day window in which all teams will access the problems, work on selected problems, and upload solutions. Teams may work on the problems at any time during the 11-day window. This change does not indicate that the problems will become more difficult, but that this rule change will give students, advisors, and parents more flexibility to schedule contest time around other required school, academic, and extracurricular activities. This change also relieves advisors, especially those with multiple teams, from finding and tracking a consecutive 36-hour window for each team.
● We are excited to announce that with support from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), COMAP will be adding a new NCTM Award that will be given to one of the HiMCM Outstanding teams chosen at final judging. Details will be published on our website soon.
- A team may consist of up to four secondary or below students enrolled in the same school.
- You must obtain and use your control
number and password to participate in the 21st
annual HiMCM. Advisors must log on to the specified web site
at the beginning of the contest period
(not before 3:01
p.m. on Friday, November 9,
to receive the contest problems.
- Teams must then choose to work on either
the A or B problem.
- The contest runs between 3:01
p.m. EST Friday, November 9th
and 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 19,
- Teams may work on the problems at any time during the 11-day window.
- Faculty advisors must ensure that no
alterations of any form are made after 8:00 p.m. EST Monday November 19,
Papers must be collected from students at this time to be email to COMAP for judging.
- All contest forms must be printed, signed, emailed and received at COMAP no later
than 5:00 p.m. EST Friday, November 30, 2018
- A signed Parental/Guardian
Authorization form must be included for each participating
student. Schools should email the signed forms to COMAP,
and retain a copy of each for their records.
- All accommodations relative to learning
conditions for individual students would follow the accommodations
used as part of the local school program in an affected
student's daily learning. If specialized staff is required,
the school bears the responsibility for providing any
specialized assistance as required by law. If such accommodations
are required for a student participating, the school should
detail them and the extent to which they were utilized
as part of the HiMCM activities.
Before the contest
registration deadline of 2:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, November 9, 2018:
Register Your Team(s) Online:
The registration process will take you through a series
of screens that ask you for your email address and contact
information. Enter the required information as you step
through the screens.
Important: Be sure to use a valid current email address
so that we can use it to contact you at any point before,
during, or after the contest, if necessary.
- All teams must be registered before
2:00 p.m. (EST) Friday, November 9,
At that time the registration system will stop accepting
new team registrations. To guard against the possibility
of interruptions in Internet service we recommend that
all teams compete the registration process well in advance
of the deadline. COMAP will not accept any late registrations
under any circumstances. No exceptions will be made.
- Registration is via the contest web
site. No other forms of registration will be accepted.
To register a team, click the
link on the left side of this page. If you have already
registered a team for this year's contest and want to
register additional teams, email
us at email@example.com.
After each team
is registered, you will receive an email confirmation.
You must follow the link in the email to complete the
registration process for each team.
Advisors may register any number of teams, but must
use the same email address and password for all teams.
- You may specify the team members at the
time of registration, or as you enter your Control Sheet
information at the end of the contest. Team members may
be changed up until the beginning of the contest period.
Once the contest problems are read, team members cannot
be changed. The
spelling of all names and institutions is the responsibility
of the advisor. This is exactly
as they will appear on certificates. COMAP will not reprint
- Once you have completed the registration,
you will receive a Team Control Number.
- The screen giving your team control number
is the only confirmation that you will receive indicating
that you have successfully registered that team.
- In order to participate in the contest,
you will need to return to the contest website to confirm
information about your team, and to print/download the Control
Sheet and Parental/Guardian Authorization Form that you will need to print
and email to COMAP.
- If at any point before or during the
contest you need to change any of the information that
you specified when you registered, you may do so by logging
in to the contest website with the email address and password
that you specified when registering. Once logged in click
the Register/Update button and proceed.
- Return to the contest website regularly
to check for any updated instructions or announcements
regarding the contest. Except in extreme circumstances,
COMAP will not send any confirmation, reminders, or announcements
by email. All communication regarding the contest will
be via the contest website.
Preparing a Team
- Go to the HiMCM web site and review the
rules, guidelines and prior years' problems to prepare
- Ensure that students have access to computers
that enable them to word process, use a spreadsheet, and
dynamically model both graphs and geometric relationships.
In addition, students should have access to graphing calculators.
- It is both legitimate and desirable to coach or otherwise prepare your team(s) BEFORE the start of the contest. Visit www.mathmodels.org to view previous years' problems and solutions.
- The Consortium Article, HiMCM Contest in Modeling: 2017 Outstanding Paper which includes the HiMCM Director's Article, Judges' Commentary and a sample solution can be viewed here.
- All parents of students participating
in the contest must sign a Parental/Guardian
Authorization Form making their child's work available
(with confidentiality assurance) for use in example and
training materials for HiMCM professional development
activities. Additionally, should their team be designated
as an Outstanding winner, the student's Solution Paper
(or solution abstract) will be published in COMAP's Consortium
newsletter, among other places. THIS AUTHORIZATION FORM
MUST BE DOWNLOADED
FROM THE INTERNET AND SENT HOME WITH EACH STUDENT
BEFORE THE CONTEST PERIOD. SIGNED AUTHORIZATION FORMS
FOR EACH STUDENT MUST BE EMAILED AND INCLUDED WITH SOLUTION FOMRS
FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE JUDGES.
Preparing a Solution Paper
- The contest problems will become available at 3:01 pm EST on Friday, November 9, 2018. When teams are ready to compete the team advisor must login to view the problems. Once logged in look for the *VIEW PROBLEMS* link which will become active at 3:01 pm EST on Friday, November 9, 2018. Once you login and view the problems we recommend that you print out a copy for your students.
- The contest consists of a choice of two
problems A or B.
- Teams may use any inanimate source of
data, materials, computers, software, references, websites,
books, etc. Be sure to credit all sources used.
- Teams may not use any person (other than
team members) to discuss or obtain ideas for solving their
problem nor may they seek help in obtaining
an answer from the teams' advisor or anyone else.
Any team that discusses the problem with anyone in a position
to supply them with information reflecting experience
or professional expertise will be disqualified. The relevant
issue is one of intent: each team of students is expected
to develop all of its substantive analysis without the
help of others.
- Partial solutions are acceptable. There
is no passing or failing cutoff score, nor will numerical
scores be assigned. The HiMCM judges are primarily interested
in a teams' approach and methods.
- Papers must be typed in English, with a readable font of at least 12 point type.
- The solution must consist entirely of written text and possibly figures, charts, or other written material. No non text support such as computer programs will be accepted.
- Your submission should consist of a 1 page Summary Sheet and your solution cannot exceed 30 pages for a maximum of 31 pages. Note: The appendix and references do not count toward the 30 page limit.
- Each page of the solution must contain
the team control number and the page number at the top
of the page; we suggest using a page header on each
page for example: Team # 321 page
6 of 13.
- The names of the students, advisor, or
institution must not appear on any page of the solution.
The solution must not contain any identifying information
other than the team Control Number.
Any preparation rule
not followed is grounds for disqualification.
Teams should keep in
mind the following guidelines while preparing their
- Conciseness and organization are extremely
important. Key statements should present major ideas and
- Present a clarification or restatement
of the problem as appropriate.
- Present a clear exposition of all variables,
assumptions, and hypotheses.
- Present an analysis of the problem, motivating
or justifying the modeling to be used.
- Include a design of the model. Discuss
how the model could be tested.
- Discuss any apparent strengths or weaknesses
to your model or approach.
- Incorporate lengthy derivations, computations,
or illustrative examples in appendices. Summarize these
in the main report. Results must be explicitly stated
in the body of the report.
During the contest the
- Login to the contest website and enter
your email address and password.
- Enter the team members names and confirm
that they are spelled correctly.
- Specify the problem that each team
has chosen to solve.
- Print/Download one copy of the Control Sheet.
- Be sure to download the Parental/Guardian Authorization form.
Preparing and Submitting
a Solution Paper
- The Summary Sheet
Type a summary of the teams solution
on the Summary Sheet which should be included as the first page of your electronic Solution Paper.
The summary is a very important part of your HiMCM paper.
The judges place considerable weight on the summary, and
winning papers are sometimes distinguished from other papers based on the quality of
the summary. To write a good summary, imagine that a reader
may choose whether to read the body of the paper based
on your summary. Thus, a summary should clearly describe
your approach to the problem and, most prominently, what
your most important conclusions were. The summary should
inspire a reader to learn the details of your work. Your
concise presentation of the summary should inspire a reader
to learn the details of your work. Summaries that are
mere restatements of the contest problem, or are a cut-and-paste
boilerplate from the Introduction are generally considered
to be weak.
- Teams must end all work on the Solution
Paper by 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday November 19,
- Send electronic copy of Solution Paper by email:
3-1. Each team is required to submit an electronic copy of its solution paper by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any team member or the advisor may submit this email.
a. Your email MUST be received at COMAP on or before the email submission deadline of 9PM EST on November 19, 2018.
b. Failure by a team to submit a solution via email by 9PM EST on November 19, 2018 constitutes a violation of the contest rules and will result in that team's disqualification.
3-2. In the subject line of your email write: COMAP and your team's control number. For example:
3-3. Use your team's control number as the name of your file attachment.
3-4. COMAP will accept only an Adobe PDF file of your solution. DO NOT include programs or software with your email as they will not be used in the judging process. Limit one solution per email. The names of the students, advisor, or institution should NOT appear on any page of the electronic solution. Page 1 of the teams electronic solution should be the team summary. *Note: The attachment must be less than 17MB. Do not use a cloud service such as Google Docs your email must contain a Adobe PDF attachment.
- Have each student sign the Control Sheet,
pledging that they have abided by the contest rules and
a. Restatement Clarification of the Problem - state in
your own words what you are going to do. Assumptions with Rationale/Justification - emphasize
those assumptions that bear on the problem. List clearly
all variables used in your model.
Model Design and justification for type model used/developed.
Model Testing and Sensitivity Analysis, including error
Discuss strengths and weakness to your model or approach.
Provide algorithms in words, figures, or flow charts
(as a step by step algorithmic approach) for all computer
b. Send electronic copy of Solution Paper by email: See #3 above for more details.
c. Make one copy
of the teams Control Sheet.
d. Collect the signed Parental/Guardian Authorization forms.
- Send signed contest forms (Control Sheet/Parental/Guardian Authorization Forms) by email to COMAP:
After the signed contest forms are prepared,
email them to: email@example.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 contest forms. Limit one set of forms per email. Teams may take pictures of the signed forms with a phone or digital camera and then email the images to firstname.lastname@example.org. *Note: The attachment must be less than 17MB.
The contest forms
must be received by COMAP no later than 5:00 pm EST on Friday, November 30,
COMAP is not responsible for contest forms received after that
Results and Recognition
- Judging will be completed in January,
The solutions will be recognized as Unsuccessful, Successful Participant,
Honorable Mention, Meritorious, Finalist, or Outstanding. Advisors
and teams will be notified of the results in February,
2019 and they will be posted on the high school contest website.
News releases will be prepared for local and national
dissemination and there will be announcements in professional
- Every team that submits a properly outlined
Solution Paper will be awarded a certificate of participation. All international teams will receive ONLY an electronic (PDF) certificate. US teams should allow several weeks after the results are posted to the contest web site to receive your print certificate. Click here to download HiMCM certificates.
- All USA teams that successfully compete in the HiMCM contest and are awarded a designation of Meritorious or above (Meritorious, Finalist, or Outstanding) will be invited to compete in The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge,
IM2C which will take place March, 2019 through April, 2019. For more information about the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge click here.
- Select Outstanding teams will have their Solution
Papers (or their solution abstracts) published
in COMAP's Consortium newsletter among other places. Recognition
information will also be sent to local newspapers and