Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications

COMAP Conferences & Meetings

Visit this page for updates about conferences and meetings that COMAP will be sponsoring and/or attending.

JMM: January 3-6, 2024, San Francisco CA

COMAP is proud to be a JMM partner. Be sure to visit COMAP at booth 408 to find out about our modeling contests, membership options and publications. COMAP staff will be in attendance to answer all your questions.

Special Session

Friday January 5, 2024, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

COMAP Special Session on Math Modeling Contests: What They Are, How They Benefit, What They Did -- Discussions with the Students and Advisors

Each year, thousands of HS and Undergrad students from around the world compete in COMAP's Math Modeling contests. In this session, you will hear from student teams and their advisors about their experiences. Topics will include how they heard about the contests, the problems they chose, how they prepared and competed in the contests.

Room 105, The Moscone Center

Kayla Blyman, Saint Martin's University

Catherine Roberts, COMAP
Keith Erickson, Georgia Gwinnett College

8:00 a.m.
About the Consortium for Mathematics & Its Applications
Catherine Roberts, COMAP

9:00 a.m.
Fungi, Trash, Bikes, and Wordle: Remembrance of Models Past
Steven Sofos DiSilvio, Columbia University
Anthony Ozerov, University of California, Berkeley
Leon Zhou, Columbia University

10:00 a.m.
Preparing Students and Building a Stronger Department Through the COMAP Competition in Mathematical Modeling
Benjamin R S McLaughlin, Asbury University

11:00 a.m.
100 Hours of MCM/ICM: The Abridged Version
Kayla Blyman, Saint Martin's University
Keith Erickson, Georgia Gwinnett College


COMAP Panel on Math Modeling Contests: Trends, Topics, and Tips, organized by Kayla Blyman, Saint Martin’s University; Keith Erickson, Georgia Gwinnett College, and Catherine Roberts, COMAP, Friday, 3:00–4:30 p.m. Math modeling problems and contests challenge students to apply their educational experiences and knowledge as part of a team to solve real-world problems. This panel will discuss the current trends we are seeing when it comes to math modeling competitions. They will discuss some recent topics and some of the innovative approaches that students have taken. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the panelists.

Room 304, The Moscone Center


COMAP Workshop: Become a COMAP MCM/ICM Judge: Who, What, When, Where, & Why, organized by Kayla Blyman, Saint Martin’s University, and Keith Erickson, Georgia Gwinnett College, Friday, 4:30–5:30 p.m. In this judge training workshop, members of COMAP’s Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) leadership teams will explain the judging process for the MCM and ICM contests. Participants will receive the information and training they need to sign up and be successful as a triage judge for the contests. Note: This session is not relevant to undergraduates or graduate students in their first two years of graduate study.

Marriot Marquis, Foothill C

COMAP Workshop on Modeling for Educators: Introducing Students to Modeling in Your Classroom, organized by Ben Galluzzo, Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications and Clarkson University, and Adewale Adeolu, Clarkson University; Saturday, 1:00–5:00 p.m. This workshop will explore a variety of activities for introducing mathematical modeling in any mathematics course. This hands-on session will provide participants with the opportunity to build a model in M2Studio, a novel online environment for learning modeling, identify ways to utilize COMAP contest problems in class, and highlight the curricular uses of existing models. Numerous resources will be shared.

Room 202, The Moscone Center

COMAP Sessions

  • Math Modeling: The Power of Us!
  • How Cool Is Mathematics? HS & MS Students
    Design Drone Light Shows and Dog Parks Using Math Modeling
  • Building Community through Math Modeling and Tech Tools in High School
  • Math Modeling as a Vehicle to Catalyze Change

Operation Outbreak (OO) is partnering with COMAP to bring infectious disease simulations to life at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting.

NCTM: October 25-28, 2023, Washington DC

Visit COMAP at booth 726 to find out about our modeling contests, membership options and publications. COMAP staff will be in attendance to answer all your questions.


  • Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 1:00 PM

    In this workshop, participants will engage in the mathematical modeling process through a common task. Participants will work collaboratively as they reflect on how this engagement can offer opportunities to build students’ math identity and agency across grade bands.

  • Thursday, October 26, 2023, 8:00 AM

    Students get excited about mathematics when teachers bring mathematical modeling into the classroom through real-world problems and applications. This session will show that with the motivation and desire to do so, along with some guidance and resources, teachers can engage students by integrating modeling into their mathematics classrooms.

  • Thursday, October 26, 2023, 1:00 PM

    Modeling tasks and online collaborative tools can engage each and every student and help us foster a sense of belonging. These tasks and tools give us a way to honor students' ideas and contributions to the problem-solving process and help us support students' identity and agency. Come explore a relevant real-world problem and tech tools with us.

  • Saturday, October 28, 2023, 9:30 AM

    Math modeling tasks and online collaborative tools can engage each and every student. They provide us with opportunities to invite students into the mathematical conversation, supporting students' identity and agency. Come explore how modeling spans grade bands, fosters inclusion, and aligns with key recommendations set forth by the Catalyzing Change series.

COMAP Sessions

  • Mathematical Modeling with Preservice (and In-Service) Teachers
  • Problem Creation and Problem Solving

MAA MathFest: August 2-5, 2023, Tampa FL


Mathematical Modeling with Preservice (and In-Service) Teachers

Thursday, August 3, 4:00 p.m. - 5:55 p.m., Room 120

How and when are preservice teachers learning mathematical modeling and then learning how to teach mathematical modeling? This session invites speakers to share examples of modeling experiences and guidance in teaching modeling to future and current teachers. This modeling instruction may be found in teacher preparation courses, mathematics major courses, extracurricular activities, or teacher in-service workshops.

Amanda Beecher, Ramapo College
Kayla Blyman, St. Martin’s University
Blain Patterson, Virginia Military Institute
Catherine Paolucci, University of Florida

Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP)
SIGMAA on Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (SIGMAA MKT)



Problem Creation and Problem Solving

Saturday, August 5, 8:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m., Room 120

Problem creation and problem solving are fundamental not only in mathematics research, but also in mathematics education and outreach. This area ranges from journals with problem solving sections to competitions (institutional, regional, national, and international). We invite submissions on creating problems and teaching problem solving in co-curricular and classroom settings, such as leading problem-solving clubs and teaching problem-solving classes. We encourage speakers to discuss successful strategies in creating/solving problems and effective ways to address the challenges.

Mohammad K. Azarian, University of Evansville
Jeremiah Bartz, University of North Dakota
Steven J. Miller, Williams College
Chenyang Sun, Williams College

COMAP Schedule

  • Writing Effective International Modeling Contest Problems for MCM/ICM
    11:40 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

    Amanda Beecher, Ramapo College of New Jersey
    Kayla Blyman, Saint Martin's University


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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