The 2020 contest has begun!

  • Problems can be found here.

  • If you would still like to participate, feel free to form a team, work on a problem, write a report, and email it by 10:00 AM on Sunday, November 22nd to

Mathematics Contest In Modeling

Are you interested in solving real world problems using math? Would you like to research tangible problems? Do you want to win gift card prizes? Then come to an information session for the OSU Mathematical Contest in Modeling! 

By participating in the OSU MCM, you get to apply your math knowledge while answering open-ended questions such as:

  • Design and identify the best location for short-term camps for refugees.

  • Come up with optimal strategies for dealing with a viral infection.


Why participate?

  • Develop real research and team-work experience,

  • Gain exposure to an international modeling contest experience,

  • Get to use applied math and computational skills you learn in your classes at OSU,

  • And win awesome prizes!

What is it?

The OSU MCM is a competition where a team of three undergraduate students creates, analyzes, and writes a report on a mathematical model for an open-ended real world problem for part of a weekend. Faculty, postdocs and graduate students in mathematics will then judge the reports on merits such as practicality of the model, and clarity of the report. 

The top 2-3 teams from the OSU competition will be sponsored by the Department of Mathematics to compete in the International MCM Competition organized by COMAP. Almost 9000 teams from all over the world participated in this contest last year! More information about last year’s international contest and problems can be found on the contest website

For both the local and the international contests, no travel is required and you can use any resources. You are only allowed to collaborate with members of your team. 


  • Please sign up using this spreadsheet.

  • Simply listing your name and email address on the spreadsheet counts as signing up.

  • If you have a complete team of three people, you can list your team members and contact info on the left side of the spreadsheet.

  • If you are looking to form a team, you can put your contact info and some skills on the right side of the spreadsheet.

    • Feel free to contact other people on the right side of the spreadsheet to help form teams!​

When is it?

Information sessions:

  • Monday, November 9th at 6:00pm.

  • Tuesday, November 10th at 5:00pm.

Both sessions will be held virtually. Join us to learn more about the contest and to hear from fellow students who participated in both the local and international contests last year!

OSU MCM (local contest)
The competition will be taking place November 20th (5pm) – November 22nd (10am). The problems will be posted online at 4:50pm on Friday, November 20th.

MCM (international contest)
Any team can participate in the international contest, which will be held from February 4th to February 8th, 2021. The top teams from the local OSU contest will have their registration fee sponsored by the Department of Mathematics.

For both the local and the international contests, no travel is required and you can use any resources. You are only allowed to collaborate with members of your team. 

For Past Problems:

Past Problems and Participants


 Contact Us

 100 Math Tower

 231 West 18th Avenue

 Columbus OH, 43210-1174

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