$65,000 in scholarship prizes available

$65,000 in scholarship prizes available

February 8, 2007

High school juniors and seniors throughout the New York City metropolitan area are invited to participate in an applied mathematics competition to be held March 3-4, 2007.

Deadline to register (online only) is February 26, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.

About the Challenge

Each school may enter as many as two (2) teams, with each team consisting of three, four, or five high school juniors or seniors. Teams must solve an open-ended, realistic, challenging modeling problem focused on real-world issues. Student teams will download the Challenge problem from the Web and work on the problem on their own, at the place(s) of their choice and on the day of the Challenge weekend that they select at the time of registration. Student teams will have 14 hours to complete then upload their solution paper by the deadline.

Each team must have a coach who is a teacher or administrator at that school. A coach may work with one or both teams from his or her school in advance of the Challenge day, but is prohibited from providing any assistance on the Challenge problem to student teams during the actual Challenge weekend. Sample problems are available on the M3 website for practice and preparation.

After all solution papers have been received at M3 Challenge headquarters, a panel of mathematicians serving as preliminary or triage judges will read each solution paper, rank each paper according to the competition guidelines, and successively reduce the number of submitted papers to eliminate all but the best submissions. A panel of mathematicians serving as final judges will subsequently calibrate the remaining papers and choose the winning teams.

The top teams will be required to make formal presentations of their papers and answer questions about their work at The Moody's Foundation headquarters in NYC. The top five teams will receive awards ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 in scholarship money. The individual scholarships will be paid directly to the colleges or universities at which the winning students ultimately enroll.

This competition is made possible by funding from The Moody's Foundation and is organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

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