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2009 Contest

A total of approximately 2091 teams registered for the 2009 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and approximately 2049 successfully completed the contest with a viable product. Each team had to chose one of three problems (Problem A, B, or C) which they would attempt to solve during the first weekend of February. Teams from all over the world competed in this contest.

Each year, COMAP designates approximately the top 1 - 2% of all papers as Outstanding Winner, the next 15% or so are designated Meritorious Winner and the remainder of the top 50% are designated Honorable Mention. Those teams that survived the weekend with a viable product comprise the next 50% - Successful Participant. This year the judges appeared to be particularly tough with Honorable Mention comprising about the top 40%. All of the competing teams are to be congratulated for their excellent work and enthusiasm for scientific and mathematical modeling and interdisciplinary problem solving.

Problems A and B constitute the MCM (Mathematical Contest in Modeling) and Problem C constitutes the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM). A total of 2049 teams successfully completed the MCM/ICM with 1% Outstanding, 16.1% Meritotious, 21.6% Honorable Mention, and 61.3% Successful Participant. Note that the results below are only for the MCM.

Team Lambda - Honorable Mention

Problem A: Designing a Traffic Circle (MCM)

  • Richard Hayden, Senior Mathematics Major
  • Tyler C. Newell, Senior Mathematics and Computer Science Double Major
  • Michael Souza, Senior Computer Science Major, Mathematics Minor

Team Gamma - Problem A Successful Participant

Problem A: Designing a Traffic Circle (MCM)

  • Daniel Honey, Junior Computer Science Major
  • Bobby Markey, Senior Mathematics Major with Secondary Education Licensure
  • Benjamin C. Ryan, Sophomore Physics/Pre-Engineering Major

Advisor

  • Dr. M. Leigh Lunsford

Special Thanks

  • Dr. Phillip Poplin for help with some of the training of the teams and making pizza night a tradition!
  • Contributors (from the LU Mathematics and Computer Science Department) to the COMAP Feeding Fund (including the wings and fries from Wing Shak donated by Dr. Graham)!
  • The LU Psychology Department for use of their lounge - for the fourth year in a row!
  • The LU Library for use of TWO rolling whiteboards and for supporting us for several years now!
  • The LU IT folks for getting the teams weekend access to Ruffner and the computer lab in Ruffner! Thanks IT - we know you don't hear that too often!
  • Dr. Burger in the Sociology Department for graciously moving his graduate level course to a computer lab other than the Ruffner lab during the weekend!
  • Our department chair, Dr. Bill Abrams, for finding and fixing last minute logistical problems!
 

Virginia Schools

  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Henning S Mortveit, Problem A, Meritorious
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, John F Rossi, Problem B, Meritorious
  • Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Leah Shao Boyer, Problem B, Meritorious
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Tai Melcher, Problem B, Meritorious
  • John Tyler Community College, Midlothian, Peter R Peterson, Problem B, Meritorious
  • Longwood University, Farmville, M. Leigh Lunsford, Problem A, Honorable Mention
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Irina Mitrea, Problem A, Honorable Mention
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Henning S Mortveit, Problem A, Successful Participant
  • Roanoke College, Roanoke, David G Taylor, Problem B, Successful Participant
  • Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Leah Shao Boyer, Problem B, Successful Participant
  • Longwood University, Farmville, M. Leigh Lunsford, Problem A, Successful Participant
  • Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, Ruth A Sherman, Problem B, Successful Participant
  • Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, Steve T Hammer, Problem B, Successful Participant
  • Mathematics and Science High School at Clover Hill, Midlothian, Brian M DeLeon, Problem B, Successful Participant
  • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Ling Xu, Problem B, Successful Participant
  • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Hasan N Hamdan, Problem A, Successful Participant
 
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Overall Results

A total of approximately 2091 teams registered for the 2009 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and approximately 2049 successfully completed the contest with a viable product. Each team had to chose one of three problems (Problem A, B, or C) which they would attempt to solve during the first weekend of February. Teams from all over the world competed in this contest.

Each year, COMAP designates:

  • approximately the top 1 - 2% of all papers as Outstanding Winner
  • the next 15% or so are designated Meritorious Winner
  • the remainder of the top 50% are designated Honorable Mention
  • hose teams that survived the weekend with a viable product comprise the next 50% - Successful Participant

This year the judges appeared to be particularly tough with Honorable Mention comprising about the top 40%. All of the competing teams are to be congratulated for their excellent work and enthusiasm for scientific and mathematical modeling and interdisciplinary problem solving.

Problems A and B constitute the MCM (Mathematical Contest in Modeling) and Problem C constitutes the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM). A total of 2049 teams successfully completed the MCM/ICM with 1% Outstanding, 16.1% Meritotious, 21.6% Honorable Mention, and 61.3% Successful Participant. Note that the results below are only for the MCM.

Classification MCM (Problems A and B)
Total Number of Participating Teams 1675
High School Teams 7 (1%)
United States Teams 350  (21%)
Foreign Teams from Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom 1325 (70%)
Outstanding Winners 9 (1%)
Meritorious Winners 294 (18%)
Honorable Mentions 298 (18%)
Successful Participants 1074 (63%)