Like math? Register now to compete for $65,000 in scholarship prizes

Like math? Register now to compete for $65,000 in scholarship prizes

Deadline to register for Moody's Mega Math Challenge quickly approaching

February 6, 2008

Less than one month remains to register teams for the third-annual Moody's Mega Math Challenge. The registration deadline is Monday, March 3, at 5:00 p.m. Scholarship prizes of $65,000 will be awarded by The Moody's Foundation to the top teams.

The Challenge is entirely Internet-based and there are no participation or entry fees. Registration is easy. Teacher-coaches register their teams online at/register/ no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3. Each high school may enter up to two teams of three to five students each.

Students must be in 11th or 12th grade and must choose which day they wish to work during Challenge weekend, March 8 or 9. They have 14 hours to solve an open-ended, realistic, applied math-modeling problem focused on real-world issues. Teams are able to download the problem at 7:00 a.m. on their selected Challenge day and must upload their paper by 9:00 p.m. that same evening. They will have no knowledge of the problem until they download it from the M3 Challenge website. It is recommended that all teams prepare in advance using any resources available.

This year, more students than ever before are eligible to participate in the Challenge as it has expanded from the New York City metropolitan region to Boston and Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

Teacher-coaches are responsible for selecting and registering their team(s), communicating the contest rules and guidelines to their team(s), receiving all contest communications including and especially the team ID # and password, and preparing their team for the Challenge. Teacher-coaches are not required to be physically with or near their team on Challenge day and are prohibited from helping their team during the Challenge itself.

Moody's Mega Math Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, as a viable and exciting profession, and as a vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society. The Challenge is funded by The Moody's Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).


About the Sponsor

The Moody's Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting a variety of nonprofit education, health and human services, civic, and arts and culture programs. Established by Moody's Corporation in 2001, the Foundation's primary area of giving is secondary and higher education with a focus on mathematics, economics and finance. Further information is available at

Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO), an essential component of the global capital markets, provides credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to stable, transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody'sCorporation is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service and Moody's Analytics, encompassing Moody's non-ratings businesses. With revenues of $2.3 billion in 2007, Moody's employs approximately 3,600 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 27 countries. Further information is available at

About the Organizer

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, is an international society of over 11,000 individual members. These include applied and computational mathematicians and computer scientists, as well as other scientists and engineers. Members are researchers, educators, students, and practitioners from 85 countries in industry, government, laboratories, and academia. The Society, which also includes more than 500 academic and corporate institutional members, serves and advances the disciplines of applied mathematics and computational science by publishing a variety of books and prestigious peer-reviewed research journals, by conducting conferences, and by hosting activity groups in various areas of mathematics. SIAM provides many opportunities for students including regional sections and student chapters. Further information is available at

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