There are a number of competitions which take place through the UW-L Mathematics Department. Information about each individual competition can be found below:
Each October, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of
Mathematics hosts an annual mathematics contest called the Wisconsin
Mathematical Modeling Challenge (WMMC). This regional math contest
gives undergraduate students the opportunity to apply their math skills
to real world problems. The WMMC is currently one of three regional
mathematical modeling contests.
In teams of three, students have 23 hours to develop and test a
model and write a two-page summary of their findings; teams have one
additional (24th) hour to finalize a 10 minute presentation explaining
their results. Soon after preparing their presentations, teams present
their findings to other student WMMC participants. The event concludes
with an award ceremony that highlights the work of winning teams as
determined by students and advisors. In the past, cash prizes have been
For more information about the WMMC (or other regional MMCs), visit our WMMC website. Talk to Dr. Song Chen or Dr. Chad Vidden if you are interested in participating.
Each spring, thousands of college students worldwide take part in the
annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and Interdisciplinary
Contest in Modeling (ICM) sponsored by COMAP (the
Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications). These competitions,
held in mid February, require students to provide solutions to open
ended real-world problems using mathematics. Teams have 96 hours (4
days) to develop a model, test their model, analyze their results, and
prepare a complete written report explaining their findings.
At the end of the 96 hours, teams send their papers to the judging
committee, who rates papers based on readability, appropriate use of
methods, and overall effectiveness of the paper using the following
If you're a student interested in participating in the MCM/ICM, or if
you're an advisor hoping to recruit a team, check out some of these resources. Talk to Dr. Bennie if you are interested in participating.
Below is a summary of UWL participation in the MCM and ICM since 2009.
A relatively new competition funded by the UW-L Small Grant
Foundation, the UW-L Calculus Competition consists of a 2-hour exam, with content
based solely on materials from MTH 207 - Calculus I. The top participants are awarded a certificate as well as cash prizes ranging from $20 to $70. An informational flyer can be found here.
This year's upcoming Calculus Competition will take place on November 8th, 2014. Anyone interested should talk to Dr. Huiya Yan before October 31st.
Below is a summary of UW-L participation in the Calculus Competition since 2012.
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual
contest for undergraduate college students established in 1938. Each year
on the first Saturday in December, over 2000 students from the United
States and Canada spend 6 hours (two 3-hour sittings) attempting to
solve twelve problems (10 points each). The exam is considered to be
very difficult; in 2012, the median score was 0 points out of 120
Cash prizes for the top five teams in recent years ranged from $5,000
to $25,000. Recent cash prizes for the top five individuals have been
The next competition will take place on December 6, 2014. If you would like to participate, please see Dr. Huiya Yan no later than October 1.
Below is a summary of UW-L participation in the Putnam Competition since 2011.
Unlike the other competitions, the MUDAC has a primary focus on
statistics and data analysis. This competition gives students an
opportunity to apply their data analysis skills to a problem of interest
from a local outside organization. Students working in teams of 3-4 and
have approximately 24 hours to carry out an analysis, provide a written
summary of their findings, and prepare a brief oral presentation of
their results to the organization.
More than $1,000 in prizes are awarded to members of the top teams
and all other participants are eligible for door prizes.
More information is available at www.mudac.org. Talk to Dr. Bennie, Dr. Bingham, or Dr. Toribio if interested in participating.
Below is a summary of UWL participation in the MUDAC Competition since the first annual MUDAC in 2012.
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