It is great that the AMS is able to conduct this competition which values and encourages mathematical talent. While sports are usually celebrated, it is wonderful that students interested in mathematics can also be encouraged. I sincerely hope that many more students gain the opportunity to participate in this competition.
Who Wants to Be a Mathematician would not be possible without the continued support of our co-sponsors, Maplesoft, Art of Problem Solving, Texas Instruments, and John Wiley & Sons, who donate the following prizes:
Maplesoft™ is our Technology Sponsor. The company hosts online qualification tests for the national Who Wants to be a Mathematician contest with its testing and assessment system, Maple T.A. Thanks to Maplesoft, the test has moved to digital tests from the pen-and-paper format. In addition, Maplesoft donates the latest version of its software, currently Maple 2016, to the second-place winner in Who Wants to Be a Mathematician and co-sponsors a contestant from Canada. Maplesoft's Heather Zunic says, "Maplesoft™ is a proud sponsor of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. As a leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics, it is our pleasure to support high-school students who are enthusiastic about these fields." In the video below, Heather's colleague, Aron Pasieka, talks to contestants and their parents at the 2017 national championship in Atlanta.
Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) is the Online Community Sponsor of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, and provides gift certificates to all participating schools. Visit the WWTBAM discussion forum on AoPS. Since 2003, AoPS has developed a wide range of educational materials for outstanding K-12 math students. Its online community at aops.com has over 250,000 members and hundreds of thousands of visitors each month. AoPS's textbooks have been used by tens of thousands of students, including many winners of major math national contests, and its online school serves thousands of students each year with courses in middle school and high school math, contest preparation, and computer science. AoPS's Beast Academy offers a complete, rigorous math curriculum for grades 2-5, and in 2016, AoPS Academy opened its doors, bringing the depth and rigor of the AoPS curriculum to the classroom. Below, AoPS's David Patrick congratulates the 2016 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician contestants.
The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) co-sponsors a contestant from Canada in the annual game at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. The institute represents mathematicians from Alberta, British Columbia, Washington State, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The institute's mandate is to promote research in and applications of the mathematical sciences, to facilitate the training of highly qualified personnel, to enrich public awareness of and education in the mathematical sciences, and to create mathematical partnerships with similar organizations in other countries (with a particular focus on the Pacific Rim).
Texas Instruments donates a TI-Nspire graphing calculator, the TI-Nspire CX, to each winner of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.
Each third-place finisher in Who Wants to Be a Mathematician receives a copy of Calculus with Early Transcendentals, written by Anton, Bivens, and Davis and donated by John Wiley & Sons.