Mathematical Modeling Competitions
- ***NEW***Mathematical Modeling Contest at UW-L
- UW-La Crosse Participation
- The MCM and ICM
- Regional Mathematical Modeling Challenges
- Getting Involved at UW-La Crosse
- Resources for Students and Advisors
Below is a summary of UWL participation since 2007.
|2013||Andrew Bennett||Sara Kamoske||Ali Khalili||The Ultimate Brownie Pan|
|2013||Colin Egerer||Brett Rosiejka||Bill Schumacher||The Ultimate Brownie Pan|
|2013||Mac Gallagher||Lance Hildebrand||Casey Shiring||The Ultimate Brownie Pan|
|2013||Jacob Gloe||Mitch Spano||Zach Tully||The Ultimate Brownie Pan|
|2012||Meritorious||Cody Hunt||Ali Khalili||Hoang Vo||Camping along the Big Long River|
|2012||Honorable Mention||Maria Jansen||Michael Sumption||Kacie Van Calster||Camping along the Big Long River|
|2012||Honorable Mention||Nate Hildebrand||Brett Rosiejka||Bill Schumacher||The Leaves of a Tree|
|2012||Successful Participant||Adam SanFelippo||David Sloan||Veronica Tibbetts||Camping along the Big Long River|
|2012||Successful Participant||Susan Frankki||Douglas MacFarland||Joshua Peanasky||Camping along the Big Long River|
|2012||Successful Participant||Molly Nerison||Mitch Spano||Zach Tully||The Leaves of a Tree|
|2012||Successful Participant||Brandon Groth||Sara Kamoske||John Nehls||Modeling for Crime Busting|
|2011||Meritorious||Jacky Chan||Maria Jansen||John Nehls||Snowboard Course|
|2011||Meritorious||Ryan Esch||Trever Hallock||Ryan Wilder||Repeater Coordination|
|2011||Meritorious||Cody Hunt||Ali Khalili||Hoang Vo||Electric Vehicles|
|2011||Meritorious||Jimmy McDermott||Josh Peanasky||Yang Yang||Electric Vehicles|
|2011||Honorable Mention||John Henry||Qiuzhi Ji||Brett Rosiejka||Snowboard Course|
|2011||Honorable Mention||Susan Frankki||Douglas MacFarland||Repeater Coordination|
|2011||Honorable Mention||Jamin Brunette||Ryan Haunfelder||Jason Rubbert||Electric Vehicles|
|2011||Successful Participant||Brooke Hoppe||Leslie Kent||Kacie Van Calster||Repeater Coordination|
|2010||Finalist||Jacky Chan||John Nehls||Joey Powers||The Sweet Spot|
|2010||Meritorious||Cody Hunt||Ali Khalili||Hoang Vo||The Sweet Spot|
|2010||Meritorious||Hillary Brummond||Leslie Kent||Katie Ott||Criminology|
|2010||Honorable Mention||Maria Jansen||Jimmy McDermott||Amanda Welter||The Great Pacific
Ocean Garbage Patch
|2010||Honorable Mention||Paul Benzschawel||Brandon Groth||Matt Zuberbuehler||Criminology|
|2010||Successful Participant||Megan Herrick||Jessica Klister||Naomi Sperry||Criminology|
|2010||Successful Participant||Sam Chen||Ryan Haunfelder||Douglas MacFarland||Criminology|
|2010||Successful Participant||Zach Levonian||Chris Miller||Austin Zeng||The Sweet Spot|
|2009||Meritorious||Ali Khalili||Joe Lanska||Vince Zander||Energy and the Cell Phone|
|2009||Meritorious||Eric Bartels||Marsha Swatosh||Amanda Welter||Energy and the Cell Phone|
|2009||Successful Participant||Matt Cocchiola||Ray Leach||Val Sackmann||Energy and the Cell Phone|
|2009||Successful Participant||Yanan Chen||Joey Goldman||Hoang Vo||Designing a Traffic Circle|
|2009||Successful Participant||Sam Chen||Chintan Modi||Trevor Oswald||Designing a Traffic Circle|
|2008||Meritorious||Gustav Borstad||Jarod Hart||Kirk Wienkes||Creating Sudoku Puzzles|
|2007||Successful Participant||Jarod Hart||Kirk Wienkes||Lee Wienkes||Gerrymandering|
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 scheme:
- Successful Participant - The report responded to the requirements of the contest problem and communicated those results to the judges.
- Honorable Mention - (Top 40-50%) The team's report contained elements that were judged to contain good progress in modeling and problem solving.
- Meritorious - (Top 15-20%) The team's report was judged to be excellent in many aspects of modeling and problem solving. The report showed elements of modeling, problem solving, and communication that are exemplary for the scope of the contest.
- Finalist - (Next 0.5-1.0%)The designation Finalist recognizes those papers that reached the final round of judging. After 7 rounds of judging, those papers reaching the final round of judging constitute at most two percent of all papers.
- Outstanding Winner - (top 0.5-1.0%) The team was a Finalist whose report was judged to be at the highest level in terms of modeling, solving the contest problem, and communicating the solution. These reports are generally published and used as examples of outstanding student work.
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 the resources I've found helpful.
Each October, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse department of mathematics hosts an annual math 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 one-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.
For more information about the WMMC (or other regional MMCs), visit our WMMC website.