- 四月 18, 2019
MCM: The Mathematical Contest in Modeling
ICM: The Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling
Contest Rules, Registration and Instructions
(All rules and instructions apply to both ICM and MCM contests.)
To participate in a contest, each team may consist of a maximum of three
students and must be sponsored by a faculty advisor from its
Team Members: A team may consist of up to three students from the same
school and is open to all undergraduate and high school students.
Team Advisors: Any faculty, staff member, or student at your
institution can fulfill the role of Advisor. The advisor will act as the
main point of contact for the team, and does not have to be from the
mathematics department. We do however encourage faculty members to serve
as team advisors.
Please print a copy of these contest instructions for reference before,
during, and after the contest. Click here for the printer friendly
MCM-ICM: Procedures and Tips for a Great
MCM-ICM: Procedures and Tips for a Great Experience
The purpose of this article is to assist and guide students and advisors
participating in The Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and The
Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM). In the article, COMAP,
provides information about the administration of the contests, as well
as tips to ensure your contest experience is smooth, satisfying, and
I. BEFORE THE CONTEST
B. Choose your team members
II. AFTER THE CONTEST
A. View the contest problems via the contest web site
B. Choose a problem
C. Teams prepare solutions
D. Print Summary Sheet and Control Sheet
D.打印Summary Sheet和Control Sheet
III. BEFORE THE CONTEST
A. Send electronic copy of Solution Paper by email
IV. WHEN THE CONTEST
A. Prepare Control Sheet
B. Mail signed Control Sheet
V. AFTER THE CONTEST IS
A. Confirm that your team’s solution was received
B. Check contest results
2018 Contest changes/updates can be found in red below:
- MCM/ICM is an all electronic submission!
- You are not required to mail a print copy of your Solution Paper.
- You are not required to mail a print copy of your signed Control
- Control Sheet不用邮寄
- We have added 3 hours to the contest start time to allow for teams
to download, read, discuss, and choose a problem. Teams can view the
contest problems via the contest web site when the contest begins at
5PM EST on Thursday February 8, 2018.
2018 Contest dates and times:
- Registation Deadline: Before 3PM EST on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
- Contest Starts: 5PM EST on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
- Contest Ends: 8PM EST on Monday, February 12, 2018.
- Email Submission Deadline: 9PM EST on Monday, February 12, 2018.
- Control Sheet Submission Deadline: 5PM EST on Friday, March 2, 2018.
- Control Sheet提交终止时间：美国南部时间2018年7月213日周四午后五点。
- Contest Results: The results will be posted on April 29, 2018.
COMAP is the final arbiter of all rules and policies, and may
disqualify or refuse to register any team that, in its sole
discretion, does not follow these contest regulations and
Decisions of the judges, the contest directors, and the editor of
The UMAP Journal are final.
判决，比赛辅导和The UMAP Journal的编者的控制是终极决定
If a team is caught violating the rules, the faculty advisor will
not be permitted to advise another team for one year, and the
advisor’s institution will be put on probation for one year.
If a team from the same institution is caught violating the rules
a second time, then that school will not be allowed to compete for a
period of at least one year.
All times given in these instructions are in terms of Eastern
Standard Time (EST). (COMAP is located in the U.S. Eastern Time
By submitting an entry, team members agree that:
Their submission and all rights to its publication become the
property of COMAP, Inc.
COMAP may use, edit, excerpt, and publish this submission for
promotional use or any other purpose, including placing it online,
distributing it electronically, or publishing it in The UMAP Journal
or otherwise, without compensation of any kind.
COMAP reserves the right to use in materials relating to this
contest, the names of the team members, their advisor(s), and their
affiliations, without further notification, permission, or
- and team members assert that
- All images, figures, photographs, tables, and drawings in their
submission were either created by the team or else, if reproduced
from another source, the submission cites a specific reference for
each at its location in the submission.
- All direct quotations in the submission are enclosed in quotation
marks or otherwise identified as such, with a specific reference
cited for each at its location in the submission.
I. BEFORE THE CONTEST BEGINS:
All teams must be registered before ****3PM EST on Thursday,
February 8, 2018. We recommend that all teams complete the
registration process well in advance, since the registration system will
not accept any new team registrations after the deadline. COMAP will not
accept late registrations for MCM/ICM 2018 under any circumstances.
NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
1.Register your team online via the contest web site: Go to
a. If you are registering your first team for this year’s contest, click
on Register for Contest on the left-hand side of the screen.
Enter all the required information, including your email address and
IMPORTANT: Be sure to use a valid and current email address so that
we can use it to contact you at any point before, during, and after the
contest, if necessary.
a.在Register for Contest中填入注册音讯
b. If you have already registered a team for this year’s contest and
want to register a second team, click on Advisor Login, then log in
with the same email address and password that you used when you
registered your first team. Once you’re logged in, click on Register
Another Team near the upper right corner of the page, then follow the
instructions there. There is no restriction on the number of teams an
advisor can register.
A $100 registration fee per team is required.
We accept payment with Mastercard or Visa only via our secure web site.
We cannot accept other forms of payment. Our secure site will process
your credit card payment, so your credit card number is protected. Our
system will not store your credit card number after it processes your
3.After we receive approval from your financial institution (this takes
only a few seconds), the system will issue a control number for your
team. Your team is not officially registered until you have received a
team control number. Print the page that displays your team
control number:**** It is your only confirmation that your team has
been registered. This page also lists the email address and password
that you entered when registering; you will need this information to
complete the contest procedures.
You will NOT receive an email confirmation of your registration.
4.If you need to change any of the information (name, address, contact
information, etc.) that you specified when you registered, you can do so
at any point before or during the contest by logging in to the contest
web site with the same email address and password that you used when
registering (click on the Advisor Login link on the left side of the
screen). Once logged in, click on the Edit Advisor or Institution
Datalink near the upper right corner of the page.
5.Check the contest web site regularly for any updated instructions or
announcements about the contest. Except in extreme circumstances, COMAP
will not send any confirmation, reminders, or announcements by email.
All communication regarding the contest will be via the contest web
6.You will return to the contest web site during the contest to enter
and confirm information about your team, and to print/download out your
team’s Control Sheet and Summary Sheets, which you will use when
preparing your team’s solution. Details on these steps follow in the
6.在比赛进度中，须要在网址上下载队5的Control Sheet 和 Summary
B. Choose your team members:
1.You must choose your team members before the contest begins at 5PM
EST on Thursday February 8, 2018. Once the contest begins you may not
add or change any team members (you may, however, remove a team member,
if he or she decides not to participate).
2.Each team may consist of a maximum of three students. (Teams may
consist of 1, 2, or 3 students).
3.Each student may participate on only one team.
4.Team members must be enrolled in school at the time of the contest,
but they need not be full-time students.
5.Team members must be enrolled at the same school as the advisor and
other team members.
6.Team members must be enrolled at the same school. (No exceptions will
7.Team members must be undergraduate students postgraduate students are
II. AFTER THE CONTEST BEGINS:
A. View the contest problems via the contest web site:
Teams can view the contest problems via the contest web site when the
contest begins at 5PM EST on Thursday ****February 8,
1.The contest problems will become available precisely at 5PM EST on
Thursday February 8, 2018; team members can view them by visiting
No password will be needed to view the problems; simply go to the
contest web site at or after 5PM EST on Thursday, February 8, 2018 and
you will see a link to view the problems.
2.The contest problems will become available precisely at 4:50PM EST on
Thursday February 8, 2018 on the following mirror sites:
If you cannot access any of the sites, there may be a problem with your
local Internet connection. Contact your local Internet service provider
to resolve the issue.
B. Choose a problem:
Each team may choose any one of the six problem choices and should
submit a solution to only one problem.
• MCM problems are Problem A, Problem B or Problem C.
• ICM problems are Problem D, Problem E or Problem F.
C. Teams prepare solutions:
1.Teams may use any inanimate source of data or materials: computers,
software, references, web sites, books, etc. ALL SOURCES USED MUST BE
CREDITED. Failure to credit a source will result in a team being
disqualified from the competition.
2.Team members may not seek help from or discuss the problem with their
advisor or anyone else, except other members of the same team. Input in
any form from anyone other than student team members is strictly
forbidden. This includes email, telephone contact, and personal
conversation, communication via web chat or other question-answer
systems, or any other form of communication.
3.Partial solutions are acceptable. There is no passing or failing
cut-off score, and numerical scores will not be assigned. The MCM/ICM
contest judges are primarily interested in the team’s approach and
4.Summary Sheet: The summary is an essential part of your MCM/ICM
paper. The judges place considerable weight on the summary, and winning
papers are often distinguished from other papers based on the quality of
To write a good summary, imagine that a reader will choose whether to
read the body of the paper based on your summary: Your concise
presentation in the summary should inspire a reader to learn about the
details of your work. Thus, a summary should clearly describe your
approach to the problem and, most prominently, your most important
conclusions. Summaries that are mere restatements of the contest
problem, or are a cut-and-paste boilerplate from the Introduction are
generally considered to be weak.
Besides the summary sheet as described each paper should contain the
- Restatement and clarification of the problem: State in your own
words what you are going to do.
- Explain assumptions and rationale/justification: Emphasize the
assumptions that bear on the problem. Clearly list all variables
used in your model.
- Include your model design and justification for type model used
- Describe model testing and sensitivity analysis, including error
- Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your model or
5.The judges will evaluate the quality of your writing in the
· Conciseness and organization are extremely important.
· Key statements should present major ideas and results.
· Present a clarification or restatement of the problem, as
· Present a clear exposition of all variables, assumptions, and
· Present an analysis of the problem, including the motivation or
justification for the model that is used.
· Include a design of the model.
· Discuss how the model could be tested, including error analysis
and stability (conditioning, sensitivity, etc.).
· Discuss any apparent strengths or weaknesses in your model or
6.Papers must be typed in English, with a readable font of at least
12 point type.
7.The solution must consist entirely of written text, and possibly
figures, charts, or other written material only. No non-paper
support materials such as computer files or software will be
8.The Solution Paper must display the team control number and the
page number at the top of every page; for example, use the
following page header on each page:
Team # 321 Page 6 of 13
9.The names of the students, advisor, or institution should NOT appear
on any page of the electronic solution. The solution should not contain
any identifying information other than the team control number.
10.Failure to adhere to any preparation rule is grounds for team
D. Advisor Login: Choose a Problem and Print Control Sheet:
After the contest begins at 5PM EST on Thursday February 8, 2018, and
while the teams are preparing their solutions, the advisor should:
1.Login to the contest web site (go to
Click on Advisor Login, then enter your email address and
2.If you have not done so already enter the team member names and
confirm that each name is spelled correctly. This determines how the
names will appear on the contest certificates. COMAP will not make any
changes or reprint certificates for any reason.
3.Specify the problem that your team has chosen to solve.
4.Print/Download one copy of the Control Sheet.
5.Download or copy the team Summary Sheet. (This should be used as the
first page of your electronic email submission.)
III. BEFORE THE CONTEST ENDS:
A. Send electronic copy of Solution Paper by email:
1.Each team is required to submit an electronic copy of its solution
paper by email
Any team member or the advisor may submit this email.
a. Your email MUST be received at COMAP by the email submission
deadline of 9PM EST on February 12, 2018.
b. Failure by a team to submit a solution via email by 9PM EST on
****February 12, 2018 constitutes a violation of the contest rules
and will result in that team’s disqualification.
c. No further modifications, enhancements, additions, or improvements
may be made to the team’s solution paper after 8PM EST on February 12,
- Any changes to the solution will constitute a violation of the
contest rules and may result in disqualification.
2.In the subject line of your email write: COMAP and your team’s control
number. For example:
Subject: COMAP 2222
3.Use your team’s control number as the name of your file attachments.
4.COMAP will accept only an Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word file of
your solution. DO NOT include your Control Sheet, programs or software
with your email as they will not be used in the judging process. Limit
one solution per email. The names of the students, advisor, or
institution should NOT appear on any page of the electronic solution.
Your team’s summary should be included as the first page of your file.
*Note: The attachment must be less than 17MB.
!! Do not use a cloud service such as Google Docs your email must
contain a Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word attachment.
5.See the rules for submitting the signed Control Sheet via email
IV. WHEN THE CONTEST ENDS:
A. Prepare Control Sheet:
When the contest ends at 8PM EST on ****February 12,
1.Each team member must sign the Control Sheet to pledge that he or she
abided by the contest rules and instructions.
*Note you are not required to mail a print copy of your Solution Paper
or Control Sheet.
小心，不用邮寄solution paper 或然 control sheet
B. Email The Signed Control Sheet:
- Send the signed Control Sheet by email to COMAP:
After the signed control sheet is prepared, email it to:
In the subject line of your email write: COMAP and your team’s
control number. For example: COMAP 2222. COMAP will accept only
an Adobe PDF or a Photo Image of your control sheet. Limit one set
of forms per email. Teams may take pictures of the signed forms with
a phone or digital camera and then email the images to
*Note: The attachment must be less than 17MB.
(Note you are not required to mail a print copy of your Control
Sheet.) !! Do not use a cloud service such as Google Docs your
email must contain a Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word attachment.
The Control Sheet must be received by COMAP no later than 5:00 PM
EST on Friday, March 2, 2018. COMAP is not responsible for contest
forms received after that date.
V. AFTER THE CONTEST IS OVER:
A. Confirm that your team’s solution was received:
1.You may login to the contest web site using the Advisor Login link
to verify that your team’s Electronic Solution was received at COMAP.
B. Check contest results:
1.**Judging: **Judging will be completed in March and the results
will be posted on April 29, 2018. The Solution Papers will be recognized
as Disqualified, Unsuccessful, Successful Participant, Honorable
Mention, Meritorious, Finalist, or Outstanding Winner.
2.We will post the contest results on the web site as soon as they are
available, so visit the contest web site regularly to check for updates.
It will take several weeks for the judges to evaluate the solutions and
for COMAP to process the results. Please do NOT call or email COMAP
regarding contest results.
[图表上传退步…(image-二f一c二e-151576807595玖)] The Two Sigma
Scholarship Award will be awarded to two top MCM/ICM US teams;
$10,000 per team with $9000 going to the team members and $1000 to the
school represented. Awards will be announced in April 2018.
[图形上传败北…(image-baf09玖-151576807595玖)] After the results are
issued, each successfully participating team advisor and student will
receive a certificate of participation. You may login to the contest
web site using the 766net必赢亚洲手机版，Advisor Login link to view and print your
team’s certificates. All international teams will receive ONLY an
electronic (PDF) certificate. US teams should allow several weeks
after the results are posted to the contest web site to receive your
print certificate. Click here to download MCM/ICM
- MCM Awards (Problem A, B and C)
- The Ben Fusaro Award will be accorded to an especially creative
paper and will be chosen from the contest finalists.
- The Frank R. Giordano Award began in 2012. It honors Brig. Gen.
(ret) Frank Giordano who directed the MCM for 20 years. This award
goes to a paper that demonstrates true excellence in the execution
of the modeling process.
- ICM Awards (Problem D, E and F)
- The Leonhard Euler Award is presented to a team selected by the
head judge of the ICM’s Problem D. The criteria are: 1) a paper in
the Meritorious/Finalist/Outstanding rating; 2) contains
especially creative and innovative modeling; and 3) shows good
understanding of interdisciplinary science. The award honors the
name of a 18th-century Swiss applied mathematician, who was known
for the breadth of his research applications, volume of written
work, excellent teaching, and interdisciplinarity.
- The Rachel Carson Award honors an American conservationist whose
book “Silent Spring” initiated the global environmental movement
and whose work spanned many disciplines concerned with the local
and global environments. This award is presented to a team
selected by the Head Judge of ICM Problem E for excellence in
using scientific theory and data in its modeling.
- Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian scholar, modeler and problem
solver, who at various times was an engineer, sociologist,
economist, political scientist, mathematician, and philosopher. He
lived and worked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The
ICM Pareto Award for outstanding modeling in the Policy Modeling
problem (ICM Problem F) honors the work and legacy of this famous
social science problem solver. In particular for this award, the
head judge seeks to highlight a paper that best models the more
dynamic and challenging contextual human elements that make
simplification or refinement of policy models so difficult.
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
(INFORMS) is the largest society in the world for professionals in the
field of operations research (OR), management science (MS), and
analytics. INFORMS has long recognized the importance of involving
undergraduate students and faculty in an unscripted process of
mathematical modeling whose problems contain many of the modern
elements seen by its membership. The MCM/ICM exemplifies these
characteristics. Consequently, INFORMS has been an active supporter of
the MCM/ICM since its inception.
INFORMS carefully selects and designates a single Outstanding team
from each of the six problems – A, B, C, D, E, F – as an INFORMS
Outstanding winning team whose modeling and analyses best exemplify
the style and content reflected in its membership’s professional
practice. Each student receives a letter of congratulations from the
current INFORMS President and a complimentary one-year INFORMS student
membership. Each associated faculty advisor receives a letter of
congratulations and appreciation from the current INFORMS President,
along with complimentary one-year access to the full suite of
award-winning INFORMS journals.
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) will
designate one Outstanding team from MCM Problems A and B as a SIAM
winner. Each student member of the winning team will receive a cash
award of $500 and three one-year student memberships in SIAM. A
certificate for the home institutions will be given to the faculty
advisers of the winning teams.
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) will designate two
Outstanding teams from the MCM as a MAA winners. Each student member
of the winning team will receive a certificate. MAA will partial
reimburse teams travel expenses to Math Fest so that they may present
The American Statistical Association (ASA) will designate one
Outstanding team from MCM Problem C as a ASA winner.