Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Opens Registrations for 2019 MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Opens Registrations for 2019 MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge

Scholarships awarded to winning high school teams

November 5, 2018

Philadelphia, PA –The nation’s most prestigious high school math modeling competition, MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge, has opened registration for teams of high school juniors and seniors. The next Challenge is set to take place March 1-4, 2019.

Organized by Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and sponsored by MathWorks, M3 Challenge aims to make math relatable and to demonstrate its importance and value in solving complex issues. M3 Challenge is an online contest that has drawn the participation of more than 41,000 students (one third female), 4,000+ high schools, 5,000+ math teachers, and 400+ Ph.D.-level judges, and has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships since its launch in 2006.

The partnership of SIAM and MathWorks on the Challenge is a clear winner. Both organizations have collaborated in the past and share well-aligned goals and missions, including inspiring students to study and pursue careers in applied math, computational science, and technical computing, which are also foundational goals of the Challenge.

“In order to ensure a robust pipeline of students for future STEM careers, it is vital that we encourage students to deepen their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Lauren Tabolinsky, academic program manager, MathWorks. “MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge makes math fun and accessible, while also encouraging students to hone their interpersonal skills and consider the possibility of a career in math and computation.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with MathWorks to sponsor M3 Challenge 2019.  This event inspires students to use mathematical and computational thinking to solve a concrete problem,” says Lisa Fauci, Pendergraft Nola Lee Haynes Professor of Mathematics at Tulane University and incoming SIAM President. “It is a great opportunity for students to apply their math skills and techniques to big, messy problems that our communities, regions, and countries face.” 

MathWorks has been instrumental in adding new resources to the Challenge’s portfolio of helpful tools—including a score guide for insight about what judges seek, a “Challenge Checklist” to help teams prepare, a “Learn Technical Computing” overview page, and a solution for last year’s Challenge problem using technical computing. MathWorks and other sponsors also offer free, optional software licenses to participating students, though coding or programming is not a required aspect of submissions and is not necessary to win.

Outreach to thousands of high school students, teachers, and administrators throughout the U.S. and its territories begins this week for M3 Challenge 2019. Registration is free and open through February 22, 2019. Working in small teams and limited to just 14 consecutive hours, Challenge participants will use math modeling to interpret and solve a relevant, real-world problem that they are seeing for the first time. Solution papers are submitted online. A rigorous multi-stage judging process led by experienced Ph.D.-level mathematicians and computational professionals follows, and scholarships totaling $100,000 are awarded. “Extra credit” in the form of an add-on technical computing award based on software use and coding will also be awarded. High school juniors and seniors seeking a pinnacle high school experience and the chance to win money for college are encouraged to participate. 

There are many opportunities for companies to demonstrate their alignment with SIAM in promoting STEM education and careers for American youth. Companies interested in sponsoring programs related to M3 Challenge, such as math teacher training and recognition, math modeling workshops, internship programs for winners, and data analytics and insights, should contact SIAM.  

Learn more and register your team before February 22, 2019, at

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About MathWorks
MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design for multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 4000 people in 16 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit

About Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an international society of more than 14,000 individual, academic and corporate members from 85 countries. SIAM helps build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology to solve real-world problems through publications, conferences, and communities like chapters, sections and activity groups. Learn more at

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