[ugrads] [Mathclub-members] Mathematical Contest in Modeling in Feb 10-14 2011

Zhihe Liu zliu34 at iit.edu
Thu Jan 27 15:15:39 CST 2011

Hi all,

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling and The Interdisciplinary Contest in
Modeling will be in February10th to 14th. If any of you are interested in
participating please email me and Michael Lee at mlee16 at iit.edu to form a
group as soon as possible. The group must be formed less than 3
undergraduate students. All major are welcome. Other majors than math can
compete in the ICM which deal with more realistic problems.

I have put the rules website of the contest below. If you have any
questions, feel free to email me and Micheal.


Zhihe Liu



*Contest Rules, Registration and Instructions*

*(All rules and instructions apply to both ICM and MCM contests, except
where otherwise noted.)*

To participate in a contest, each team must be sponsored by a faculty
advisor from its institution.

*Team Advisors:* Please read these instructions carefully. It is your
responsibility to make sure that teams are correctly registered and that all
of the following steps required for participation in the contest are

Please print a copy of these contest instructions for reference before,
during, and after the contest. *Click here for the printer friendly

COMAP is pleased to announce a new supplement to the MCM/ICM contest. Click
here to read more


*A. Registration*

*B. Choose your team members*


*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*


*A. Send electronic copy of Solution Paper by email*


*A. Prepare Solution Packet*

*B. Mail Solution Packet*


*A. Confirm that your team’s solution was received*

*B. Check contest results*

*C. Certificates*

*D. Prizes*


   - 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 procedures.
    - 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 zone.)


*A. Registration*

*All teams must be registered before **2PM EST on Thursday, February 10,
2011*. 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 2011 *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 2011 Contest* on the left-hand side of the screen.
Enter all the required information, including your email address and contact
*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

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.
*Note:* An advisor may register no more than two (2) teams. If you already
registered two teams, the *Register Another Team* link will not appear. The
system will not allow you to register more than two teams.

c.   Although each advisor can register only two teams, there is no
restriction on the number of advisors or teams that can register from any
particular institution or department.

2.      *Registration Fee*

A $100 registration fee per team is required.

*For an additional $100 fee per team, you can receive a Judges Commentary
written specifically about your team’s paper. *

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 payment.

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
* This page also lists the email address and password that you entered when
registering; you will need this information to complete the contest

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
Data*link 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 site.

6.      You will return to the contest web site during the contest to enter
and confirm information about your team, and to print out your team’s
Control Sheet and Summary Sheets, which you will use when preparing your
team’s solution packet. Details on these steps follow in the instructions

*B. Choose your team members:***

1.      You must choose your team members *before the contest begins at 8PM
EST on Thursday February 10, 2011*. 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.

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. Team members must be enrolled at
the same school as the advisor and other team members.


*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 8PM EST on Thursday February 10, 2011:*

1.      The contest problems will become available precisely at 8PM EST on
Thursday February 10, 2011; team members can view them by visiting
http://www.comap.com/undergraduate/contests/mcm. No password will be needed
to view the problems; simply go to the contest web site at or after 8PM EST
on Thursday, February 10, 2010 and you will see a link to view the problems.

2.      If you cannot access our main web site at that time, go to our
mirror site at http://www.comap-math.com/mcm or *click
If you cannot access either site, 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 must choose one problem according to the following rules:

*•     MCM teams must choose either Problem A or Problem B*; an MCM team may
submit a solution to only one of the problems. (MCM teams should NOT choose
Problem C.)

*•     ICM teams must choose Problem C.* There is no choice for ICM teams.
(ICM teams should NOT choose Problem A or Problem B.)

*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 methods.

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 the

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.

*Each Summary Sheet should include: *

    - *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 or
      developed.* ** *
      - *Describe model testing and sensitivity analysis*, including error
      analysis, etc.* *
      - *Discuss the strengths and weaknesses* of your model or approach.**

5.      The judges will evaluate the quality of your writing in the Solution

·        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 and in English.

7.      The solution must consist entirely of written text, and possibly
figures, charts, or other written material, on paper only. No non-paper
support materials such as computer files or disks will be accepted.

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 print solution or electronic solution. The solution
should not contain any identifying information other than the team control

10.      Failure to adhere to any preparation rule is grounds for team

*D. Print Summary Sheet and Control Sheet:***

After the contest begins at 8PM EST on Thursday February 10, 2011, and while
the teams are preparing their solutions, the advisor should:

1.      Login to the contest web site (go to *
http://www.comap.com/undergraduate/contests/mcm*. Click on *Advisor
Login*,then enter your email address and password).

2.      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 one copy of the Control Sheet.

5.      Print one copy of the team Summary Sheet.


*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 to solutions at comap.com. Any team member or the advisor may
submit this email.

a.   *Your email MUST be received at COMAP by the submission deadline of 8PM
EST on February 14, 2011. *

b.   Failure by a team to submit a solution via email by *8PM EST on
February 14, 2011* 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 this email submission. Each
team’s electronic submission will be cross-checked for consistency with
their paper submission. Any changes to the paper version 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 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*.

5.      See the rules for submitting two (2) paper copies and CD via mail


*A. Prepare Solution Packet:***

*When the contest ends at 8PM EST on February 14, 2011: *

1.      Each team member must sign the Control Sheet to pledge that he or
she  abided by the contest rules and instructions.

2.      Make two copies of your team’s Solution Paper.

3.      Staple the Summary Sheet on top of each of the Solution Papers.

4.      Staple the Control Sheet on top of one of the Solution Papers.

5.      Enclose an electronic copy (PDF or Word file) of your team’s
Solution Paper on a CD-ROM. Programs and software will not be used in the
judging process. DO NOT include them on the CD.

If you advise more than one team, please include both teams’ files on a
single CD-ROM and label it with contest, year, and both teams’ control


            Year Contest                Control Numbers
            2011 MCM/ICM         10004, 10005

*B. Mail Solution Packet:** *

1.      Mail your team’s complete Solution Packet to:

MCM/ICM Coordinator
175 Middlesex Turnpike., Suite 3B
Bedford, MA 01730

2.      COMAP must receive your Solution Packet via mail on or before *Friday
**February 25**, 2011*. It is your responsibility to make sure that your
team’s Solution Packet arrives at COMAP by this deadline. Use registered or
express mail, if necessary, to insure that it arrives at COMAP by Friday
February 25, 2011.

3.      COMAP will not accept late solutions under any circumstances.

4.      If you require confirmation that your paper was received by COMAP,
send the packet via a carrier that provides package tracking. Due to the
number of papers received, COMAP can not answer receipt inquiries or emails.


*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 Solution Packet was received at COMAP. After
mailing your Solution Packet, please allow several days for us to process
your packet before expecting to see this confirmation.

*B. Check contest results:*

1.      *Judging: *Judging will be completed in March and the results will
be posted on April 29, 2011. The Solution  Papers will be recognized as
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.

*C. Certificates:*

After the results are issued, each successfully participating team will
receive a certificate of participation. The certificate will be mailed or
emailed to the advisor at the address used during the registration process.
All international teams will receive ONLY an electronic (PDF) certificate.
Please allow several weeks after the results are posted to the contest web
site to receive your certificate.

*D. Prizes*:

·        The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
(INFORMS) will designate an Outstanding team from each of the three problems
as an INFORMS winner.

·        The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) will
designate one Outstanding team from each problem as a SIAM winner.

·        The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) will designate one
Outstanding team from each problem for the MCM as a MAA winner.

·        The Ben Fusaro Award, Typically, among the final MCM papers from
which the Outstanding ones are selected is a paper that is especially
creative but contains a flaw that prevents it from attaining the Outstanding
designation. In accord with Ben’s wishes, the award will recognize such

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