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    There are a number of competitions which take place through the UW-L Mathematics Department. Information about each individual competition can be found below:

     

    Regional Mathematical Modeling Challenges (WMMC)

    Each October, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Mathematics hosts an annual mathematics contest called the Wisconsin Mathematical Modeling Challenge (WMMC).  This regional math contest gives undergraduate students the opportunity to apply their math skills to real world problems. The WMMC is currently one of three regional mathematical modeling contests.

    In teams of three, students have 23 hours to develop and test a model and write a one-page summary of their findings; teams have one additional (24th) hour to finalize a 10 minute presentation explaining their results. Soon after preparing their presentations, teams present their findings to other student WMMC participants. The event concludes with an award ceremony that highlights the work of winning teams as determined by students and advisors. In the past, cash prizes have been awarded.

    For more information about the WMMC (or other regional MMCs), visit our WMMC website. Talk to Dr. Eric Eager if you are interested in participating. A WMMC informational flyer is also available here.

     

    COMAP Modeling Competition (MCM & ICM)

    Each spring, thousands of college students worldwide take part in the annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) sponsored by COMAP (the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications). These competitions, held in mid February, require students to provide solutions to open ended real-world problems using mathematics.  Teams have 96 hours (4 days) to develop a model, test their model, analyze their results, and prepare a complete written report explaining their findings.

    At the end of the 96 hours, teams send their papers to the judging committee, who rates papers based on readability, appropriate use of methods, and overall effectiveness of the paper using the following scheme:

    • Successful Participant - The report responded to the requirements of the contest problem and communicated those results to the judges.
    • Honorable Mention - (Top 40-50%) The team's report contained elements that were judged to contain good progress in modeling and problem solving.
    • Meritorious - (Top 15-20%) The team's report was judged to be excellent in many aspects of modeling and problem solving. The report showed elements of modeling, problem solving, and communication that are exemplary for the scope of the contest.
    • Finalist - (Next 0.5-1.0%)The designation Finalist recognizes those papers that reached the final round of judging. After 7 rounds of judging, those papers reaching the final round of judging constitute at most two percent of all papers.
    • Outstanding Winner - (top 0.5-1.0%) The team was a Finalist whose report was judged to be at the highest level in terms of modeling, solving the contest problem, and communicating the solution. These reports are generally published and used as examples of outstanding student work.

    If you're a student interested in participating in the MCM/ICM, or if you're an advisor hoping to recruit a team, check out some of these resources. Talk to Dr. Bennie if you are interested in participating.

     

    UW-La Crosse Participation

    Below is a summary of UWL participation in the MCM and ICM since 2009.

    Year
    Standing
    Participants
    Problem
    2013 Honorable Mention Andrew Bennett Sara Kamoske Ali Khalili The Ultimate Brownie Pan
    2013
    Successful Participant
    Colin Egerer Brett Rosiejka Bill Schumacher The Ultimate Brownie Pan
    2013
    Successful Participant
    John (Mac) Gallagher Lance Hildebrand Casey Shiring The Ultimate Brownie Pan
    2013
    Successful Participant
    Jacob Gloe Mitch Spano Zach Tully The Ultimate Brownie Pan
               
    2012 Meritorious Cody Hunt Ali Khalili Hoang Vo Camping along the Big Long River
    2012 Honorable Mention Maria Jansen Michael Sumption Kacie Van Calster Camping along the Big Long River
    2012 Honorable Mention Nate Hildebrand Brett Rosiejka Bill Schumacher The Leaves of a Tree
    2012 Successful Participant Adam SanFelippo David Sloan Veronica Tibbetts Camping along the Big Long River
    2012 Successful Participant Susan Frankki Douglas MacFarland Joshua Peanasky Camping along the Big Long River
    2012 Successful Participant Molly Nerison Mitch Spano Zach Tully The Leaves of a Tree
    2012 Successful Participant Brandon Groth Sara Kamoske John Nehls Modeling for Crime Busting
               
    2011 Meritorious Jacky Chan Maria Jansen John Nehls Snowboard Course
    2011 Meritorious Ryan Esch Trever Hallock Ryan Wilder Repeater Coordination
    2011 Meritorious Cody Hunt Ali Khalili Hoang Vo Electric Vehicles
    2011 Meritorious Jimmy McDermott Josh Peanasky Yang Yang Electric Vehicles
    2011 Honorable Mention John Henry Qiuzhi Ji Brett Rosiejka Snowboard Course
    2011 Honorable Mention Susan Frankki Douglas MacFarland   Repeater Coordination
    2011 Honorable Mention Jamin Brunette Ryan Haunfelder Jason Rubbert Electric Vehicles
    2011 Successful Participant Brooke Hoppe Leslie Kent Kacie Van Calster Repeater Coordination
               
    2010 Finalist Jacky Chan John Nehls Joey Powers The Sweet Spot
    2010 Meritorious Cody Hunt Ali Khalili Hoang Vo The Sweet Spot
    2010 Meritorious Hillary Brummond Leslie Kent Katie Ott Criminology
    2010 Honorable Mention Maria Jansen Jimmy McDermott Amanda Welter
    2010 Honorable Mention Paul Benzschawel Brandon Groth Matt Zuberbuehler Criminology
    2010 Successful Participant Megan Herrick Jessica Klister Naomi Sperry Criminology
    2010 Successful Participant Sam Chen Ryan Haunfelder Douglas MacFarland Criminology
    2010 Successful Participant Zach Levonian Chris Miller Austin Zeng The Sweet Spot
               
    2009 Meritorious Ali Khalili Joe Lanska Vince Zander Energy and the Cell Phone
    2009 Meritorious Eric Bartels Marsha Swatosh Amanda Welter Energy and the Cell Phone
    2009 Successful Participant Matt Cocchiola Ray Leach Val Sackmann Energy and the Cell Phone
    2009 Successful Participant Yanan Chen Joey Goldman Hoang Vo Designing a Traffic Circle
    2009 Successful Participant Sam Chen Chintan Modi Trevor Oswald Designing a Traffic Circle

     

    UW-La Crosse Calculus Competition

    A relatively new competition funded by the UW-L Small Grant Foundation, the UW-L Calculus Competition consists of a 2-hour exam, with content based solely on materials from MTH 207 - Calculus I. The top participants are awarded a certificate as well as cash prizes ranging from $20 to $70. An informational flyer can be found here

    This year's upcoming Calculus Competition will take place on November 9th, 2013. Anyone interested should talk to Dr. Huiya Yan before November 1st.

     

    UW-La Crosse Participation

    Below is a summary of UW-L participation in the Calculus Competition since 2012.

    Year
    Place
    Participant
    2013 1st Thong Le
    2013 2nd Jacob Gloe
    2013 3rd Jungmi Park
    2013 4th Huong Vo
    2013 5th Andrew Stuhr
         
    2012
    1st
    Thong Le
    2012
    2nd
    Khoi Tran
    2012
    3rd
    Jacob Gloe
    2012
    4th
    Yixiang Li
    2012
    5th
    Ali Khalili
    2012
    6th
    John (Mac) Gallagher
    2012
    7th
    Tyler Sarbacker
    2012
    8th
    Lance Hildebrand

      

    Previous Exams/Solutions

    Year    
    2013 Exam Solutions
    2012 Exam Solutions

     

     

    William Lowell Putnam Competition

    The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual contest for undergraduate college students established in 1938. Each year on the first Saturday in December, over 2000 students from the United States and Canada spend 6 hours (two 3-hour sittings) attempting to solve twelve problems (10 points each). The exam is considered to be very difficult; in 2012, the median score was 0 points out of 120 possible.

    Cash prizes for the top five teams in recent years ranged from $5,000 to $25,000. Recent cash prizes for the top five individuals have been $2,500 each.

     

    74th Putnam Math Competition

    December 7, 2013.  Please See Dr. Huiya Yan to register, no later than October 1.

    Practice Sessions from 3:20-4:00 every Thursday in Room 102 Cowley Hall.

    For additional information, visit http://math.scu.edu/putnam/index.html. Talk to Dr. Huiya Yan if you are interested in participating.

     

    UW-La Crosse Participation

    Below is a summary of UW-L participation in the Putnam Competition since 2011.

    Year
    Participant
    Score
    2012 Thong Le
    20
    2012 Douglas MacFarland
    9
         
    2011
    Hoang Vo
    11
    2011
    Ali Khalili
    1
    2011
    Ryan Esch
    1
    2011
    Ryan Wilder
    1
    2011
    Kai Wu
    1

     

    Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC)

    Unlike the other competitions, the MUDAC has a primary focus on statistics and data analysis. This competition gives students an opportunity to apply their data analysis skills to a problem of interest from a local outside organization. Students working in teams of 3-4 and have approximately 24 hours to carry out an analysis, provide a written summary of their findings, and prepare a brief oral presentation of their results to the organization. 

    More than $1,000 in prizes are awarded to members of the top teams and all other participants are eligible for door prizes.

    More information is available at www.mudac.org. Talk to Dr. Bennie, Dr. Bingham, or Dr. Toribio if interested in participating.

     

    UW-La Crosse Participation

    Below is a summary of UWL participation in the MUDAC Competition since the first annual MUDAC in 2012.

    Year
    Place
    Participants
    2013
    -
    Chris Wagar Kristen Buschke Danny Bero
    -
    2013
    -
    Jonathan Kosch Brian Krueger Mara Weiner Kylie Severson
               
    2012
    2nd Overall
    Stephanie Acker Chris Wagar Kristen Buschke
    -
    2012
    -
    Danny Bero Charley Spanbauer Yang Yang
    -