Northeast Regional

Math Modeling Challenge

University of Rhode Island

First annual event is scheduled for September 21-22, 2013












Contest Organizer:

Jessica Libertini



What is the NRMMC?

On September 21st, 2013, The University of Rhode Island will host the first annual Northeast Regional Math Modeling Challenge (NRMMC). This regional math contest gives undergraduate students the opportunity to apply their math skills to real world problems. In teams of three, students will have 23 hours to develop and test a model and write a one-page summary of their findings; an additional (24th) hour will be available in order for teams to finalize a 10 minute presentation explaining their result. Soon after completing their presentation, teams will present their findings to other student NRMMC participants. The event will conclude with an award ceremony that will highlight the work of winning teams as determined by students and advisors.


Why the NRMMC?

COMAP's Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) successfully encourages teamwork, creativity and written exposition. However, one (logistically necessary) element that many students remark is lacking from this competition is adequate feedback -- both from the micro perspective "What do the judges really think of my team's paper?" to the macro "How did other teams answer this question?" This contest was designed in response to the aforementioned student concerns and has been developed to meet the following objectives:

  • Encourage independent thinking.
  • Promote collaboration.
  • Develop mathematical communication abilities.
  • Prepare student teams to participate in the MCM.
  • Create a unique mathematical community.

Interested in Competing?

More information about the NRMMC can be found by reading the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the schedule. You can also download the NRMMC flier here.  If you have additional questions or comments, or if you are interested in being a part of future contests, please feel free to contact me.