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IUPUI High School Math Contest

This contest is an opportunity for teachers to supplement their lesson plans and provide students with creative and competitive outlets. Students study patterns, analyze relationships, draft and refine their solutions, and submit their work.

 

Diagnose your strengths & weakness January 19th!

High School Math Contest opens with a Jam Session

All students are invited to work with professors and Ph.D. students on strategies to solve complex problems that will assist with the contest as well as SAT & ACT testing. Lunch and parking provided.

 

January 19th  10am to 1pm

IUPUI School of Science, LD 270

 

2018 Ceremony Photos:

Rules

1) Students are not allowed to use the internet for anything other than the Essay Problem.  Books can be used for any of the problems. 

2) Students are not allowed to receive outside help from anyone (on the individual problems) or anyone not on their team (team problem), while working on the contest.  In particular, teachers and parents are only allowed to give "moral support", but nothing else.  Of course, teachers are encouraged to explain general problem solving techniques and to illustrate them by working through problems from previous years' contests with their students.

How the contest works

  • Contest begins on January 19, 2019 and solutions must be submitted by March 8, 2019 via e-mail at mcontest@iupui.edu or postal service at the address on the bottom of the webpage. 
  • A coversheet must be included with every submission.  2019 Individual Coversheet & 2019 Team Coversheet
  • Questions are meant to be difficult, often requiring several attempts.  However, they can be solved using 9-12th grade math problem-solving skills.  Several examples of problems and solutions are available at the bottom of this page.
  • One essay question on contest's theme - "Math & Medicine".
  • Students do not need to complete every question to compete.  Moreover 2 or 3 elegant solutions often results in a winning entry.
  • Students work on the questions independently (for individual competition) and in groups (for team competition).
  • IUPUI faculty and graduate students volunteer over 20 hours to judge all entries based on the following criteria:
    • A student's method of finding the solution,
    • Correctness of solution, and
    • Elegance of solution.
  • Winners and participants are invited to campus for the award ceremony April 12, 2019.

Eligibility

  • This contest is open to all 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 per year scholarship for four years to the School of Science at IUPUI.
  • 3rd Place: (10 winners)
    • $100 and a $2,000 per year scholarship for four years to the School of Science at IUPUI.
*In order to receive the scholarship, the winner must be directly admitted to the IUPUI School of Science and be a full time major in any discipline within the School of Science.
**Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 per year will be awarded to the remaining cash prize winners who are directly admitted to the IUPUI School of Science and attend full time. These scholarships are renewable for four years, given satisfactory academic performance. Winners may receive only one scholarship from the School of Science for winning the contest, but are still eligible for other campus-based scholarships.

How the contest enhances student engagement

  • The High School Math Contest is an opportunity for teachers to supplement their lesson plans and provide students with creative and competitive outlets.
  • Student participants study patterns, analyze relationships, draft and refine their solutions, and submit their work.

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Contest Archive

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