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Monthly Math Contest

During each month of the academic year, a mathematical problem is posted. The Smith student(s) with the largest number of correct solutions over the course of the year wins an all-expense paid trip to MathFest. They also take part in a national contest held during the conference. Anyone can submit a solution, but only Smith students are eligible for the prize. See the Problem Page for the monthly question and submission requirements.

National Competitions

Talk to faculty in the department to find out who is coaching students for the following competitions:

Putnam Competition (sponsored by the MAA)

The Putnam competition involves one day solving 12 hard math problems, requiring little more than calculus. Solve one and you're better than average. The competition occurs in early December, but Putnam practice sessions will be held on campus beforehand.

Mathematical Contest in Modeling (COMAP)

This modeling contest occurs over three days, where you and your team use mathematical modeling to present your solutions to real–world problems. Occurs in February.

Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition (USPROC)

This undergraduate competition in statistics involves students working on a statistical project involving real data. Occurs between January and May.


The department determines recipients for the following awards:

Suzan Rose Benedict Prize (to an outstanding second-year student)

Ann Kirsten Pokora Prize (to a senior or seniors who excel in mathematics)

Mu Sigma Rho (national Statistics honor society)