Judges decide which teams receive a share of up to $125,000 in scholarship prizes. After all solution papers have been received at M3 Challenge headquarters, panels of mathematicians serving as triage judges read and score each solution paper according to the competition guidelines, and eliminate all but the very best submissions. Each paper is read by a minimum of two and as many as five triage judges. During the second round of judging, a panel of mathematicians serving as contention judges calibrate the remaining papers, selects papers worthy of receiving semi-finalist and honorable mention team awards, and tentatively ranks the top six winning teams. All solution papers are judged blind, meaning that judges only see the team ID # and have no other information about the team that submitted the paper. Solution papers with identifying marks, such as school name, student names, etc., other than the team ID # are disqualified from top prizes.

The third and final phase of judging involves presentations by the top six teams at Moody's Corporation headquarters in Manhattan. A panel of Ph.D.-level professional mathematicians determines the final rank order of these top six teams. Scholarship prizes of $2,500 to $20,000 are presented at the awards ceremony that follows.

Individual team commentary will be provided to teams if the judges scoring their papers provide comments during the judging process. While we cannot force commentary, we strongly encourage judges to provide teams with feedback.

As part of the Challenge education process, a "judge perspective" document is prepared each year by one of the participating judges following the second round of judging. Its purpose is to help teams better understand what makes some papers more successful than others, with regard to that year's problem and the approaches that teams took in tackling it. The judge perspective might also contain insight regarding what the judges felt made for an outstanding paper.

Meet the Judges


Professionals who have judged

Todd Abel, Appalachian State University
Donald Adongo, Murray State University
Joe Ahlquist, Florida State University
John Alerding III, Virginia Military Institut
Robert Allen, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Leyda Almodovar, University of Iowa
Ahmad Almomani, Clarkson University
Adam Attarian, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Homer Austin, Salisbury University
Jathan Austin, Salisbury University
Mallick Avishek, Marshall University
Nathan Axvig
Jeffrey Baggett, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Nate Barlow, Clarkson University
Bill Bauldry, Appalachian State University
Jon Beal, Clarion State University
Matthew  Beauregard, Clarkson University
Al Beebe, Salisbury University
Amanda Beecher, Ramapo College
Luke Bennett, Grand View University
Barbara Bennie, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Joanna Bieri, University of Redlands
Mariah Birgen, Wartburg College
Kelly Black, Clarkson University
Karen Bliss, Quinnipiac University
Steve Blumsack, Florida State University
Karen Bolinger, Clarion University
Mark Bollman, Albion College
Jeff Borggaard, Virginia Tech
Carol Boswell, SUNY Potsdam
Christos Boutsidis, IBM
Lingguo Bu, Florida State University
J. Robert Buchanan, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
John Burns, Virginia Tech
Nebil Buyurgan, Quinnipiac University
Erin Byrne, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Yanzhao Cao, Florida A&M University
David Carhart, Bentley University
Lori Carmack, Salisbury University
Nathan Carter, Bentley University
Jim Case, writer/consultant
Donald Cathcart, Salisbury University
Pannapa Changpetch, Bentley University
Song Chen, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Carey Childers, Clarion State University
Peter Ciccarelli, Bentley University
Jesse Clark-Stone, SUNY Canton
Eugene Cliff, Virginia Tech
Kelly Cline, Carroll College
Nick Cogan, Florida State University
Randall Cone, Virginia Military Institute
Dan Connors, IBM
Paul Constantine, Colorado School of Mines
Geoff  Cox, Virginia Military Institute
Michelle Craddock, United States Military Academy
Susan Crook, Loras College
Jim Crowley, Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
Carolyn Cuff, Westminster College
John David, Virginia Military Institute
Jonas D’Andrea, Westminster College
Louis Deaett, Quinnipiac University
Joyati Debnath, Winona State University
Lee Dewald, Virginia Military Institute
Danilo Diedrichs, Wheaton College
Maureen Doyle, Northern Kentucky University
Danel Draguljić, Franklin and Marshall
Christian Duncan, Quinnipiac University
Jill Dunham, Hood College
Eric Eager, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse
Joe Eichholz, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Harold Ellingsen, SUNY Potsdam
Chris Elmer
Barbara Faires, Westminster College
Doug Faires, Youngstown State University
K. Renee Fister, Murray State University
Tom Fitzkee, Francis Marion University
Joel Foisy , SUNY Potsdam
Pari Ford, University of Nebraska (Kearney)
Kate Fowler, Clarkson University
William  Fox, Naval Postgraduate School
Scott Fulton, Clarkson University
Ben Fusaro, Florida State University
Ben Galluzzo, Shippensburg University
John Geddes, Olin College
Jana Gevertz, The College of New Jersey
Adom Giffon, Clarkson University
Adam Gilbert, University of Rhode Island
Mark  Ginn, Appalachian State University
Jennifer Gorman, Kutztown University
Patrick Gorman, Kutztown University
Nathan Gossett, Bethel University St. Paul
Jason Graham, University of Scranton
Donna Gresh, IBM
Yao Guanming, Clarkson University
Bruno Guerrieri, Florida A&M University
Trish Hammer, Hollins University
Steve Hammer, Virginia Western Community College
Pamela Harris, United States Military Academy
Greg  Hartman, Virginia Military Institute
John Heard, Clarion Stat Univ., PA
Noel Heitmann, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Meagan Herald, Virginia Military Institute
Terry Herdman, Virginia Tech
Keith Hermiz, IBM
Sharon Hessney, Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Initiative
Steve Hetzler, Salisbury University
Dave Hipfel, Clarion State University
Timothy Hodges, University of Cincinnati
Doug Hoffman, Naugatuck Valley Community College
Veera Holdai, Salisbury University
Lisa Holden, Northern Kentucky University
Rudy Horne, Florida State University
Jason Howell, Clarkson University
Stanley Huddy, State University of New York at New Paltz
Robert Jaspersohn, Clarkson University
Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin, Slippery Rock University
Sun Jie, Clarkson University
Michael A. Jones, American Math Society
Dan Joseph, Virginia Military Institute
Dave Kennedy, Shippensburg University
Zack  Kenz, MIT Lincoln Labs
Alec Kercheval, Florida State University
G. Jay Kerns, Youngstown State University
Salam Khan, Florida State University
Charles Kicey, Valdosta State University
Lucia Kimball, Bentley University
Bill Kolata, SIAM
Rachel Levy, Harvey Mudd College
Mingfei Li , Bentley University
Jessica Libertini, Univeristy of Rhode Island
Fei Liu, IBM
Mike Long, Howard Community College
Kathryn Lozo, Naugatuck Valley Community College
Yingdong  Lu, IBM
Kurt Ludwick, Salisbury University
Aaron Luttman, Clarkson University
Chris Lynch, Clarkson University
Gail Mackin, Northern Kentucky University
Dana Madison, Clarion University
Blair Madore, SUNY Potsdam
Lisa Maggiore, Appalachian State University
Joe Malkevitch, York College, The City University of New York
Rich Marchand, Slippery Rock University
Carla Martin, James Madison University
Maeve Lewis McCarthy, Murray State University
Tim McDevitt, Elizabethtown College
Luis Melara, Shippensburg University
Timothy Melvin, Carroll College
Mike Mesterton-Gibbons, Florida State University
Walter Meyer, Adelphi University
Greta Mills, Hanover Norwich Schools
Munevver Mine Subasi, Florida Institute of Technology
Lon  Mitchell, AMS
Mohammed Moazzam, Salisbury University
Darin Mohr, Georgia College
Sumona Mondal, Clarkson University
Sara Morrison, Clarkson University
Shubhabrata Mukherjee, University of Washington
Kevin Murphy, St. Norbert's College
Carmeliza Navasca, Clarkson University
Cornelius Nelan, Quinnipiac University
Warren Nichols, Florida State University
Neil Nicholoson, North Central College
Takashi Nishikawa , Clarkson University
Tomasz Nowicki, IBM
Giray Okten, Florida State University
Suleyman Olgar, Florida State University
David Oury, Bentley University
Warren Page, editor & consultant, City University of New York (Emeritus, NYCT)
Trina Palmer, Appalachian State University
Stephen Pankavich, Colorado School of Mines
Steve Paris, Florida State University
David Parker, Salisbury University
Rana Parshad, Clarkson University
James Peirce, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Marek Petrik, IBM
Candice Price, University of Iowa
Alicia Prieto Langarica, Youngstown University
Harold Reiter, UNC-Charlotte
Greg  Rhoads, Appalachian State University
Henry Ricardo, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York (retired)
Catherine Ricardo, Iona College
James Ricci, Wesleyan University
David Roach, Murray State University
Catherine A. Roberts, College of the Holy Cross
Kevin Robinson, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Andrew Ross, Eastern Michigan University
Kim Roth, Juniata College
Nathaniel Rounds, Reasoning Mind
Sanford Safron, Florida State University
René Salinas, Appalachian State University
Tracie Salinas, Appalachian State University
Keegan Samuel, Naugatuck Valley Community College
Phillip Schmidt, Northern Kentucky University
Robert Schoen, Florida State University
Delray Schultz, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Lee Seitelman, United Technologies (retired)
Alla Serikova, Naugatuck Valley Community College
Kathleen Shannon, Salisbury University
Zhoude Shao, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Michael Siebold, Murray State University
Troy Siemers, Virginia Military Institute
Joseph Skufca, Clarkson University
Scott Small, University of Iowa
Robert Smith, Miami University
Tom Smotzer, Youngstown University
Guohui Song, Clarkson University
David Sprecher, The University of California, Santa Barbara
Sonya Stephens, Florida State University
Melissa Stoner, Salisbury University
Ersoy Subasi, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Harry Suber, NorthCoast Asset Management
Eric Sullivan, Carroll College
Jie Sun, Clarkson University
Shantanu Sur, Northwestern University
Christino Tamon, Clarkson University
Nessy Tania, Smith College
Robert Tardiff, Salisbury University
Justin Taylor, Murray State University
Paul Taylor, Shippensburg University
Chris Tuccio, Naugatuck Valley Community College
Robert Vallin
Shaun Van Ault, Valdosta State University
Marie Vanisko, Carroll College
Joel Vaughan, Quinnipiac University
Murphy Waggoner, Simpson College
Barbara Wainwright, Salisbury University
Tom Wakefield, Youngstown State University
Janet Wampler, Naugatuck Valley Community College
Geroges Weatherly, Florida State University
Ben Wehrung, Jacksonville University
Nate Weigel, Appalachian State University
Theodore Wendt, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Richard D. West, Francis Marion University
Samuel Wilcock, Messiah College
Jessica Williams, University of Iowa
Roselyn Williams, Florida A&M University
Jennnifer Wilson, Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts
Roseanne Wolf, The University of Dubuque
Chai Wah Wu, IBM
George Yates, Youngstown State University
Carl Yerger, Davidson College
Kamuela Yong, Arizona State University
Abdulkeni Zekeria, Fitchburg State College
Lizette Zietsman, Virginia Tech
Anastasios Zouzias, IBM Research Division- Zurich Research Laboratory
Janet Zupkus, Naugatuck Valley Community College

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