You can participate in a variety of competitions in mathematics, applied mathematics, or computer science. Except for the local problem contests, these are annual contests of regional, national, or international scope. Davidson regularly participates in all of these and students have been successful in all.
The American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFestTM is a nationally coordinated celebration of data in which teams of two to five students spend a weekend extracting insight from a rich and complex data set. The competition promotes collaboration and provides a great opportunity for students to gain experience in data analysis and problem solving. All students are invited to participate, regardless of their major. Prizes for best in show, best visualization, and best use of external data are awarded. Learn more and register for the DataFest competition.
Check the board in the Mathematics Hall, located outside the mathematics faculty offices in Chambers, for the current challenges. These problems rotate every few weeks, as solutions and new problems are posted. The faculty regularly post a the D.H. Hill Problem for the Davidson community and offer a modest prize to the solver. Depending on student interest and leadership, problems are posted from national organizations such as the MAA and/or ASCM. See profoessor Davis if you have questions or are interested in being a student leader.
Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Competition is a regional problem solving contest administered locally on a mid-fall Saturday. See professor Mossinghoff to participate.
Putnam Mathematical Competition is a national problem solving contest administered locally on the first Saturday in December. See professor Mossinghoff to participate.
Mid-Atlantic Programming Contest is part of the ACM international contest, this regional competition consists of teams of three students programming in C, C++ or Java to solve several posed problems in a five hour period on a Saturday in November. See professors Mossinghoff or Yerger for information.
Mathematical Contest in Modeling is an international competition in applied mathematics for teams of students over a weekend in February. Administered locally by the MAT 210 Mathematical Modeling instructor.
Math Jeopardy is a live competition between teams of four students from each of 32 colleges at the annual MAA Southeastern Section meeting around March. See the department chair.
IGEM, International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, is held at MIT is the culmination of undergraduate research by interdisciplinary teams of students. See professor Heyer for information.