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  • Wisconsin Mathematical Modeling Challenge (WMMC)

    Welcome to the UW-La Crosse WMMC Page! You may navigate the page with the links below:

    1. Overview
    2. Why the WMMC?
    3. Contests Rules
    4. Schedule of Events
    5. Registration
    6. Past Results


    The WMMC is a mathematical modeling contest for undergraduate students organized by the math department of University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Starting in October of 2009, the WMMC has challenged teams of regional students from various disciplines to apply their math skills to solve open ended real-world problems.

    The 2013 contest was funded by generous gifts from UW-La Crosse Foundation, The Moody's Foundation, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

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    Why the WMMC?

    Being the largest regional mathematical modeling competition, the WMMC aims to provide students an opportunity to

    • test their overall abilities of creativity, formulation, data analysis, model justification, communication and presentation, by solving a complex problem from scratch
    • realize the importance of applications of mathematics which can ultimately lead to a rewarding career in industry
    • gain exposure to undergraduate research
    • add a valuable experience to their resume
    • build network connections with the local math community and industries
    • prepare for advanced national and international mathematical modeling contests, such as the MCM/ICM sponsored by COMAP

    Contest Rules

    Result submission: in teams of three, students have 23 hours to pick one of two given problems and develop a mathematical model to solve it. Each team is required to write their proposed solution in a two-page summary. After submission of the summary, teams then have one additional (24th) hour to finalize a 10 minute presentation illustrating their ideas. Winners will be announced in two categories, one for the summary and one for the presentation.

    Judging process: After all summaries have been received, panels of judges (consisting of faculty volunteers from UWL and other participating schools) read and score each summary according to the competition guidelines. All summaries are judged blind, meaning that judges only see the team ID numbers and and have no other information. Team presentations will be scored by the faculty judges as well as student participants.

    Student Advice:

    • A successful summary should
      • restate the problem using mathematical setting and notation
      • make reasonable assumptions
      • clearly describe your approach to the problem
      • state your most important conclusions
      • justify your solution according to real life situation
      • discuss the advantage and limitation of your work
      • make good use of formulas, pictures, tables, charts, etc to support findings
      • list the references of all the data, articles or website cited
      • contain no more than two pages using single-spaced 12 point font, two additional pages are allowed for formulas, pictures, tables, charts, etc
    • A successful 10 minute presentation should
      • avoid repeating details of your summary, yet still highlight the most important ones
      • be consistent with assumptions and notations
      • be accessible to any audience with general college background
      • use pictures, charts, medias, etc., to illustrate your results more clearly and concisely
      • be engaging and interesting
      • allow questions following the presentation
    • See the following references for further advice:

    Schedule of Events

    Saturday, October 17, 2015

    • 9:30 am - Teams arrive, registration, breakfast provided
    • 10:30 am - Opening remarks and contest rules
    • 11:00 am - Contest begins
    • 8:00 pm - Pizza break and activity
    • 10:00 pm - Activity

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

    • 10:00 am - Summaries due (teams submit summaries electronically)
    • 11:00 am - Competition ends (teams submit presentation electronically)
    • 11:00 am - Lunch break, presentation practice
    • 1:00 pm - Team presentations (arrive 15 mins early to upload presentation files)
    • 3:00 pm - Award ceremony and closing remarks


    Teams who are interested must complete and submit the registration form before the registration deadline. A $75 registration fee per team will be collected upon arrival. The fee will be used to pay for student meals, t-shirts, special activities, and building service costs.

    Registration form: Link
    Registration deadline: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

    Contact information:
    Dr. Song Chen:
    Dr. Chad Vidden:

    If you need lodging/dining information, please contact Dr. Song Chen at

    Do you know that:

    • Your department may be more than happy to pay for your registration fee. UWL students click here
    • You school may already have a mathematical modeling club. UWL students click here
    • The WMMC has many fun activities and events for participating students!

    Past Results

    Past Winners

    • 2014
      • Presentation Category: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
      • Written Category: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    • 2013
      • Presentation Category: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
      • Written Category: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    • 2012
      • Presentation Category: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
      • Written Category: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    • 2011
      • Presentation Category: Winona State University
      • Written Category: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
    • 2010
      • Presentation Category: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
      • Written Category: St. Norbert College
    • 2009
      • Presentation Category: University of Wisconsin-Platteville
      • Written Category: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

    Past problems: Click the following links for past problems.

    Past participants: Bemidji State University (2014), UW-Eau Claire (2014), UW-La Crosse (2014) UW-Stevens Point (2014), Augsburg College (2014)