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Contests and Competitions

Math and computer science competitions for undergraduates.

Prep Courses

Each fall, the department offers a pair of 1-credit P/NP courses to help students prepare for these competitions. MATH 2690 is preparation for the Putnam Competition or the Missouri Collegiate Math Competition, and CSCI 2190 prepares students for the ACM Programming Contest.

These courses are open to anyone, and are independent of the competitions: You can participate in the competitions without taking a course, and you can enroll in the courses without competing.

The Putnam Competition

Contest 
William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition 
When 
Early December.  One Saturday.
Contact 
Dr. Greg Marks (marks@member.ams.org)
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Putnam Announcement

The Putnam Competition is the premier national undergraduate mathematics contest, held on the first Saturday of December each year since 1938.  Approximately 3,500 undergraduate students representing 500 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada compete.  Registration is free.  In addition to awarding cash prizes (up to $2,500) to top scorers, the Mathematical Association of America will publish the names and schools of the top 500 students.  A good performance can bring great prestige to both you and the university.

 

 

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Contest 
Mathematical Contest in Modeling
When 
Early February.  Problems distributed 8PM Thursday, due 8PM the following Monday.
Contact 
Dr. Brody Johnson (brody@slu.edu)
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The MCM at SLU

The Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications, COMAP, annually conducts a Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) for teams of three undergraduate college students. Three member teams of college students receive two mathematical modeling questions at 8PM EST on Thursday of the contest weekend.  They will choose one of these two questions to solve and complete a written report explaining and analyzing their solution of this problem by 8PM EST on Monday of that weekend. 

Teams are expected to use mathematics much as professionals use mathematics: on open-ended problems that originate in a variety of other disciplines and are only indirectly related to standard textbook problems. The competition provides excellent practical mathematics experience as well as time management skills, teamwork skills and technical writing skills.

 

 

The ACM Programming Contest

Contest 
http://icpc.baylor.edu
When 
Usually first Saturday in November
Contact 
Dr. Michael Goldwasser (goldwamh@slu.edu)
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SLU's Programming Team

Each year the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) holds the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Students work in teams of three to solve as many problems as possible in a five-hour time period. The available programming languages for the contest are C++ and Java. 

Regional competition is held each Fall in St. Louis and other midwest locations, and top 2 teams from our region travel to World Finals the following Spring.

 

 

 

The Missouri Collegiate Mathematics Contest

Contest 
http://www.math-cs.ucmo.edu/~hchen/contest/
When 
Late April. Trip lasts Thursday afternoon-Saturday afternoon.
Contact 
Dr. Bryan Clair (bryan@slu.edu)
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The MCMC at SLU

The Missouri Collegiate Mathematics Competition is a team event open to any college or university in the state of Missouri. The competition takes place at a different Missouri university each year. SLU generally sends two teams of three undergraduates to compete, and typically 30-40 teams attend the competition.

The contest consists of challenging mathematical problems, comparable but not quite as difficult as the Putnam Exam. There are two 2.5 hour sessions, one Thursday night and one Friday morning. Friday afternoon and Saturday the team stays for the Missouri MAA Section Meeting, a math conference with plenty of interesting activities for undergraduates.

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