Five students smiling and laughing while holding a giant check after participating in the math competition.

About M3 Challenge

MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge is an entirely internet-based math modeling competition with no registration or participation fees. Schools in the U.S., England, and Wales may enter up to two teams of three to five students. Over $1.85 million has been awarded through 2023.

Unlike other math competitions!

  • Address a real open-ended problem 
  • Use your math skills – all levels welcome!
  • Work as a team under flexible 14-hour time constraint
  • Access tons of free resources – books, videos, tutorials
  • Finalists win scholarships & go to NYC to present with expenses paid
  • Try for extra technical computing prizes

37 team scholarship prizes, so go for it!

The Challenge

Flexible Work Time

Download the problem anytime during Challenge weekend to begin your 14-hour Challenge experience.


How do you like to learn?

Scholarships Awarded

Top teams receive tuition scholarships for college education.

Students at one of the M3 Challenge final events grouped together at a table.

Considering TC?

Additional prizes available for teams submitting code.


More than 125 Ph.D.-level applied mathematicians serve as judges throughout three rounds of judging.

Awards Won

ASAE Award of Excellence and CECP Excellence Award