Temple University

Mathematical Contest in Modeling

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) is an international contest where teams of undergraduates use mathematical modeling to present their solutions to real world problems. The competition challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems. The contest attracts diverse students and faculty advisors from over 900 institutions around the world. The next MCM will take place February 9-13, 2012.

The Department of Mathematics at Temple University organizes an information/practice session and administers the local MCM competition in October, 2011. Performances in the local competition will be used to determine the teams of students representing Temple University at the international edition of the MCM, February 9-13, 2012. All undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the local competition! Keep in mind that MCM is not so much about what you already know, but rather about what you can quickly learn in a new application area.

Interested students are encouraged to register to participate in the information and training session for the competition that the Department of Mathematics will hold on Saturday October 13th, 2011 in Wachman Hall 617 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. A limited number of seats are available in the room, and these seats will be filled on a first registered basis. To register, send an email message to imitrea(at)temple.edu with the subject line "MCM training" containing your name and your major.


Thursday, October 13th, 2011: Information/training session; 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm, 617 Wachman Hall (pizza will be served during the session).

Thursday, October 27th, 2011: Temple University MCM starts at 8pm.

Monday, October 31st, 2011:   Temple University MCM ends at 4:30pm. Solutions are due in room 638 Wachman Hall by 4:30pm.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011: The conclusion of the Temple MCM - festivities, 5:00pm Wachman Hall 617.

February, 9th-13th, 2012:         The winners of the Temple MCM 2011 represent Temple University at the international MCM 2012.

Instructions for the Temple MCM participants:

MCM Links:

Organized by:
Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP).
Sponsored by:
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS),
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM),
Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

Some other MCM pages :
Cornell University,
University of Colorado at Boulder,
University of Puget Sound,
University of Washington,
Eastern Oregon University,
Grinnell College.

Organizers and Contact Information:
Irina Mitrea , Email: imitrea(at)temple.edu,
Benjamin Seibold , Email: seibold(at)temple.edu,
Daniel Szyld, Email: szyld(at)temple.edu
Instructors and Contact Information:
Meredith Hegg, Email: meredith.hegg(at)temple.edu
Kirk Soodhalter, Email: ksoodha(at)temple.edu
Eric Stachura, Email: eric.stachura(at)temple.edu