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Nine teams of undergraduate students from three institutions
recently competed in the fifth annual Wisconsin Mathematical Modeling
Challenge (WMMC) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
The competition drew teams from across the Midwest, including
groups from Viterbo University, UW-La
Crosse, and UW-Stevens Point.
This year's 'challenge' asked teams to consider one of two problems:
(The full text of each problem statement available here.)
Each team was comprised of three undergraduate students, and teams
were given 24 hours to develop a model for their predictions, write an
executive summary of their results, and prepare a formal presentation
for their peers.
For the first time, both the award for outstanding oral presentation and the award for outstanding written summary went to the the same team, the UW-La Crosse team of Mac
Gallagher, Lance Hildebrand, and Thong Le.
The 2013 contest was funded by generous gifts from CenturyLink, The Moody's Foundation, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
The WMMC is a regional math contest that gives undergraduate
students the opportunity to apply their math skills to real world
problems. 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.
COMAP's Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) successfully
encourages teamwork, creativity and written exposition. However, one
(logistically necessary) element that many students remark is lacking
from this competition is adequate feedback -- both from the micro
perspective "What do the judges really think of my team's paper?" to the
macro "How did other teams answer this question?" This contest was
designed in response to the aforementioned student concerns and has been
developed to meet the following objectives:
Participants in the WMMC are expected to follow the spirit of
the rules used by COMAP in the MCM/ICM contests. Most notably,
students will be bound by the following two rules:
At the top of your summary sheet list the title and team
number only. Do NOT list any group member names or institution
information. 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. Summaries should be no more than two pages using single-spaced 12 point font.
Host Institution: The University of Wisconsin-La CrosseEvent Title: Wisconsin Mathematical Modeling ChallengeLocation: La Crosse, WIDate: October 18th-19th, 2014Contact: Eric Eager - Assistant Professor of MathematicsRegistration Deadline: October 3, 2014
The original WMMC arose through an attempt to address some of the
(very few) shortcomings of the COMAP contests. Primarily, the WMMC was
designed to provide students with immediate feedback for their
solutions and to give them an opportunity to interact with students from
other institutions and observe the different solution approaches from
other teams. In order to implement this structure, there needed to be
several key changes from the COMAP model:
An WMMC team consists of three undergraduate students.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Mathematics
has generously offered to provide all contest resources for competitors
this year. A registration fee of $75 per team will be imposed to help
defray the cost of food.
To register a team, first contact Dr. Eric Eager with
the number of teams your institution plans to send by October 3, 2014. Once arrangements
have been made, you will be sent additional information about how to
make a secure online payment.
Yes. Due to space limitations we will (initially) impose a two team per school cap.
More teams may be allowed to participate but this will not be
determined until we have a better understanding of overall interest in
the contest. Please respond with the number of teams you would like to
bring (this number may be greater than 2) by October 3, 2014.
Each team will be provided with
No. This is a 24-hour contest, students may bring items to
make their room more comfortable but it is their decision how/if they
choose to sleep.
The problems will be revealed at 11 a.m. on site on the day of the
contest. The problems will be announced to all participants
Team advisors (primarily math faculty) will judge the abstracts.
Students will judge each other's presentations.
No more than two pages using single-spaced 12 point font.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------NOTE: This list is not complete, questions will be added to this list as they are asked.
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