MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge (M3 Challenge): 2022 Registration is Open

MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge (M3 Challenge): 2022 Registration is Open

Prestigious international high school math competition welcomes inquiries and teams 

November 18, 2021

Philadelphia, PA, November 18, 2021 – Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) today announced that its MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge 2022 (M3 Challenge) has opened registration for teams from the U.S., England, and Wales. Sixth form students (ages 16-19) and U.S. high school junior and senior students will compete for $100,000+ (£75,000+) in scholarship prizes. A total of 37 monetary prizes will be awarded. 

Registration deadline: February 18, 2022, at 4 p.m. ET.  

Challenge weekend: February 25-28, 2022.  

For more information and to register, visit

Now in its 17th year, M3 Challenge spotlights applied mathematics and technical computing as powerful problem-solving tools and viable, exciting professions and attracts the participation of thousands of students. Participants work in small teams, committing 14 consecutive hours on the designated Challenge weekend to devise a solution to a real-world problem using mathematical modeling.  

Of the hundreds of participating teams, nine are selected as finalists, including three that will receive technical computing awards for the optional use of code in their solutions. Submissions are judged by an international panel of 150 mostly Ph.D.-level mathematicians. The competition’s final presentation and awards ceremony event is traditionally held in New York City in late April – an all-expense paid experience for the finalist teams. 

M3 Challenge is different from other math competitions in that it requires that students use math modeling to represent, analyze, make predictions, and provide insight into current world issues.  

Past competitions have had students address issues such as the transition of trucking from diesel to electric, substance abuse, food insecurity, internet access, and car sharing. 

Participants are offered a range of free resources, training materials, and software licenses to help them prepare for the Challenge – including MathWorks’ MATLAB software, which is widely used across academia and commercial industries around the world. 

Since 2006, M3 Challenge has awarded more than $1.65 million in scholarships. 

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 100+ 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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