U.S. high school students compete in 10th Annual Moody’s Mega Math Challenge
to determine the true cost of college, vie for a portion of $125,000 in scholarship funds

April 14, 2015

WHAT:              Final presentations and awarding of scholarship prizes in the 10th annual Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge, an applied math contest for high school teams from                                   across the nation

WHEN:             Monday, April 27

                                         9:00 a.m. – Team presentations begin

                            1:15 p.m. – Awards ceremony; champion team announced

WHERE:           Moody’s Corporation / The Moody's Foundation

                           7 WTC at 250 Greenwich Street, 20th Floor

                           New York, NY, 10007

                            SPEAKERS:     Mark Zandi, chief economist, Moody’s Analytics and co-founder of Economy.com

                                                        Frances G. Laserson, President, The Moody’s Foundation        

                             Rachel Levy, Vice President of Education, Society for Industrial and Applied                      Mathematics (SIAM)                                            

DETAILS:           Six finalist teams in the 10th annual M3 Challenge will present their analyses of higher education costs to a panel of expert judges. These finalists – who prevailed                                  over more than 1,100 participating teams – will share their mathematical models which quantify factors such as work-life balance post-graduation, student loan                                    debt, and even President Obama’s free community college proposal.

                             For the 10th anniversary, several former M3 champions will be on hand, including the inaugural winning team from Staples High School in Westport, Conn.                                              Winners will be awarded college scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, determined by their final rank. Visit / for more                                                 information.

                             Student teams and coaches from:

                                                         Elk River High School, Elk River, Minnesota

                                                         Maggie Walker Governors School, Richmond, Virginia

                                                         NC School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, North Carolina (two teams)

                                                         South County High School, Lorton, Virginia

                                                         Staples High School, Westport, Connecticut

TRAVEL:            If expense reimbursement falls within the guidelines of your organization or publication, the Challenge may be able to reimburse for some event-related travel                                      expenses.


About the sponsor

The Moody's Foundation is a charitable organization established by Moody's Corporation, and is committed to supporting education, in particular the study of mathematics, finance, and economics. Further information is available at www.moodys.com/csr


About the organizer

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., is an international society of over 14,000 applied and computational mathematicians and computer scientists, as well as other scientists and engineers. SIAM provides opportunities for students including regional sections and student chapters. For more information, visit at www.siam.org.



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