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The Department of Mathematical Sciences at IUPUI annually sponsors a High School Mathematics Contest. Throughout Indiana, hundreds of high school students work through a series of math problems during the early spring. These students study patterns, analyze relationships, draft and refine their solutions, and finally submit their work to the IUPUI Department of Mathematical Sciences as part of the IUPUI High School Math Contest. Many high school teachers use this as an opportunity to supplement their own lesson plans and provide students with creative and competitive outlets. 

Description

Every year, the contest questions and a poster highlighting the contest theme are emailed to Indiana high schools and posted on this website. The questions are chosen so that all high school students—from freshmen through seniors—are able to utilize their math problem-solving skills. Every year, one question consists of an essay about an application of mathematics as it relates to the contest theme. Students work on the questions independently and mail in their solutions.

IUPUI faculty and graduate students volunteer over one hundred hours to judge all entries based on the student's method of finding the solution, correctness, and elegance of solution. Participants are invited to campus for the award ceremony in April.

Eligibility

This contest is open to Indiana high school students (grades 9 - 12).

Prizes

1st Place (1 winner): $300 and a full four-year academic tuition scholarship* to the School of Science at IUPUI.
2nd Place (5 winners): $150 and a $2,000 scholarship* to the School of Science at IUPUI
3rd Place: (10 winners): $100 and a $2,000 scholarship* to the School of Science at IUPUI
 
*In order to receive the scholarship, the winner must be directly admitted to the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI, major in any discipline in the School of Science, and attend full-time. These scholarships are renewable for four years, subject to certain requirements.

Submission

1)  Solve the problem(s) and write each solution on a separate sheet of paper with no torn edges with your name and your school's name on each page. You may choose to solve one problem, several, or all of them. Cite your sources and references appropriately.

2) Complete the cover page (see your teacher or this web site) and include it with your submission.

3) Mail your entry by March due date (TBD):

IUPUI Mathematics Contest
Department of Mathematical Sciences
402 North Blackford Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3216

Ceremony

Participants will be invited to an awards ceremony at IUPUI the afternoon of April 26th, 2014. Parents and teachers will also be invited. The program will feature refreshments, a special presentation by Russell Lyons, Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Indiana University, Bloomington, and will end with the award presentation.

More Information

Questions, comments, or for more information, contact us at contest@math.iupui.edu or call (317) 274-6917.