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MCM/ICM Contest Update
Updated 2/16/2020 9:45PM

In solidarity and sympathy with Chinese students and colleagues as they deal with the coronavirus outbreak, COMAP has decided to offer an alternate entrance into MCM/ICM for this year.

In an effort to accommodate all students/teams we will be breaking the MCM/ICM competition into 2 contest weekends. Teams may choose from either Weekend 1: February 13-17, 2020 or Weekend 2: March 5-9, 2020. You are NOT required to choose a weekend prior to the contest start. Each weekend will offer a selection of different problems. However, teams may only submit a solution during one weekend and to only one problem.

All teams must be registered by the registration deadline of 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 13, 2020 regardless of the weekend they plan to compete. Teams that have already registered and received a team number/control number DO NOT need to re-register.

Weekend 1 will be February 13-17, 2020 solutions will be due on February 17th
Weekend 1 will include 3 problem options. MCM Problem A, ICM Problem D & ICM Problem E.

  • Registration Deadline: Before 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

  • Problems Posted for Weekend 1: Starts: 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

  • Contest Weekend 1 Ends: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 17, 2020.

  • Solution Report Weekend 1 Deadline: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 17, 2020.

  • Contest Results: The results will be posted on or before April 30, 2020.

Weekend 2 will be March 5-9, 2020 solutions will be due on March 9th
Weekend 2 will include 3 problem options. MCM Problem B, MCM Problem C & ICM Problem F.

  • Registration Deadline: Before 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

  • Problems Posted for Weekend 2: Starts: 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

  • Contest Weekend 2 Ends: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, March 9, 2020.

  • Solution Report Weekend 2 Deadline: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, March 9, 2020.

  • Contest Results: The results will be posted on or before April 30, 2020.

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The judging process is unchanged for 2020 and the papers are judged on their merit and given the appropriate ranking. The ratio of the rankings are not predetermined and are based on the quality of the submissions for that given year. The designations and awards from previous years will be unchanged for 2020.

Because of this year’s extraordinary circumstances we will not penalize teams for communicating with each other online or through the use web chat apps. We do however want to make it clear that this is for communication among team members only and NOT for communication with other teams or any person outside of the team. It is the responsibility of the teams to keep their communications private and not post any information in an open or public venue. All current rules will still be in effect and all team members must still be from the same institution. COMAP will continue to monitor these sites before, during and after the contest.

We hope that this alternate date will allow for more student teams affected by public health measures to participate.

Best
COMAP Inc.


FAQ Updated

I submitted my solution via email and it still shows as Electronic Solution Received: (not yet received) why?
The solution submission status will not be updated until the contest deadline has passed.
Weekend 1 Deadline: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 17, 2020.
Weekend 2 Deadline: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, March 9, 2020.

You gave a new format of the summary sheet for the 2020 MCM/ICM contest. I want to ask if we could use the 2019 summary sheet.
Yes you can use the old 2019 summary sheet just be sure to change the date to 2020.

If we click “submit final solution paper” by accident what should we do?
You do not need to do anything that is just for your reference and it will not affect the outcome of your submission.

Will the Weekend 2 dates in March be postponed or changed?
We have made every effort to accommodate all the teams/students but the Weekend 2 dates (March 5-9, 2020) will not be postponed or changed.

Do I need to login and declare my weekend?
We have added a problem option Wknd2 but you are not required to make a choice. Once Weekend 2 starts you will have to login and make your Weekend 2 problem choice.

I have started work during Weekend 1 and chosen a problem but I have decided to wait for Weekend 2. What should I do?
You do not need to do anything but you can if you choose login to the website and change your problem choice to Wknd2.

I have already registered do I need to register again for Weekend 2?
NO, if you have already registered you do not need to register again. You can login and turn in a solution paper during Weekend 1 or you can login and turn in a solution paper during Weekend 2.

Can I view the problems in Weekend 1 before committing to Weekend 2?
YES, you can view the problems on Weekend 1 and not submit a solution, and then wait for Weekend 2. If you do chose to wait for Weekend 2, you must choose a problem and submit a solution during Weekend 2. You cannot go back to Weekend 1 after the submission deadline.

Can I submit a solution to both weekends?
NO, students are only allowed to participate on 1 team and submit a solution to only 1 weekend. Teams must submit papers by the deadlines associated with their selected problem weekend.

Can I form 2 teams and compete both weekends?
NO, students are only allowed to participate on 1 team and submit a solution to only 1 problem during 1 weekend.

How do I choose Weekend 1 or Weekend 2?
Your choice is dictated by the problem you choose. Weekend 1 includes MCM Problem A, ICM Problem D, & ICM Problem E. Weekend 2 includes MCM Problem B, MCM Problem C, & ICM Problem F. If a team submits a solution to a problem during Weekend 1, they cannot submit a solution during Weekend 2.

When will the contest results be announced?
Both weekends will be announced together and will be posted on or before April 30, 2020.

When is the registration deadline?
All teams must be registered by the registration deadline of 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 13, 2020 regardless of the weekend they plan to compete. Late registrations will not be allowed.

Will these changes continue for MCM/ICM 2021 and beyond?
NO, this change will only happen this year to help student/teams affected by public health measures to participate.

If my team cannot meet in the same location to work on the contest problem, can we meet using electronic communications?
YES, this year you are allowed to work with your team virtually using electronic means. BUT, you may only communicate with members of your own team. The rule remains that teams may not use any persons, other than their own team members, to discuss or obtain ideas for working on and solving their problem.