Other Contests

International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

Since 1950, Society for Science & the Public has provided a stage for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's premier STEM competition. Each year, millions of the best and brightest students from around the globe compete in science fairs and vie for the 1,800 spots and $8 million in prizes at the ISEF. The 2024 ISEF will take place in May in Los Angeles, California. For more information, please visit the ISEF homepage.

Pictured from ISEF 2022: Mrs. Dana Wade (Mu Alpha Theta Executive Director); Niranjan Baskaran, Award of $1,500; Emilie Steinberg, Award of $1,000; Chia-Wei Lu, Award of $1,000 (split); Ming-Te Hong, Award of $1,000 (split); and Sanuja Manage, Award of $1,000. Not pictured: Shirley Wu, Award of $1,500.

The Mu Alpha Theta Award is given to the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving mathematics accessible to high school students. Components of the investigation often include mathematical proof, mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, visualization, simulation, and approximation. Drs. Kimball Martin and Greg Muller, both from the University of Oklahoma, judged submissions on behalf of Mu Alpha Theta at the 2023 ISEF.

First Award of $ 1,500

MATH002 — Proof of the Complete Presence of a Modulo 4 Bias for the Semiprimes
Nikola Slavkov Gyulev, Model High School of Mathematics “Akademik Kiril Popov”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
MATH041 — Strict Inequalities for the n-Crossing Number
Nicholas David Hagedorn, Princeton High School, Princeton, NJ, United States of America

Second Award of $1,000

MATH016 — Power Sum Identities From Zigzag Chords
Chun-Chi Chang, Taichung First Senior High School, Taichung City, Taiwan
MATH022 — Pointed Fusion Categories Over Non-Algebraically Closed Fields
Sophie Zhu, Williamsville East High School, Williamsville, NY, United States of America
MATH042 — L-Tromino Tilings for Portions of Square Lattice
Sagyn Jumadildayev, Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Math, Almaty, Kazakhstan

AreteLabs Math Madness

AreteLabs is running its signature team-based event, Math Madness, for the 9th straight year! Here are the key details:

* 100% Online + Team-based + Live Scoring = Thrilling!
* Offered at 3 levels: ES (3-5th), MS (6-8th), and HS (9-12th)
* 4 weeks of scrimmaging with teams from around the U.S. followed by a bracket tournament
* One 30 minute match per week playable any day/time, featuring individual and collaborative play
* Expertly-crafted content - excellent prep for AMC, Mathcounts, MOEMS, etc.
* Solutions post immediately after each match making for a unique teaching/learning opportunity

The Math Madness event starts the second week of October with registration remaining open until the first week of November. AreteLabs will re-run the event in the spring of 2022, starting in mid-February and running through April. Registration for that will open in December. In addition, AreteLabs offers a Mini-Madness event from mid-February through March where teams can compete informally in league scrimmaging.

Click here and scroll down for a full description of the event: https://www.aretelabs.com/math_madness/about

The Core Competition Experience:

MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge

MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge is an Internet-based applied math competition for high school juniors and seniors known for inspiring them to pursue STEM majors and careers. Working in teams of three to five, participants solve an open-ended, math-modeling problem focused on a realistic issue – in 14 hours. Extra credit awards are available to teams that employ technical computing/code in their solutions. The contest, organized by Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and sponsored by leading software developer MathWorks, is free and open to all U.S. students and will award top teams this year with $100,000 in scholarships toward the pursuit of higher education. M3 Challenge has given more than $1.75 million in scholarships to date and has been listed as an approved contest by the National Association of Secondary School Principals since 2010.

Challenge weekend (Friday through Monday) dates are March 1 through March 4, 2024.
Registration is open here through Friday, February 23, 2024

Complete details, rules, and practice problems, as well as other resources to help students learn math modeling, technical computing, and how to prepare for the Challenge can be found here. If you would like more information about the Challenge or posters to distribute to your organizations or colleagues, please send a request with due date and shipping address to m3challenge@siam.org.>

ARML Power Contest

The American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) offers a two-test Power Contest to be worked on by a team at the students' high school. The Power Contest provides a group problem solving situation similar to the power question found at the annual ARML competition. For questions or additional information, please visit the ARML Power Contest homepage.

National Contests

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Regional Contests

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Mu Alpha Theta

National High School & Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society

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