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Who Wants To Be A Mathematician

The National Who Wants to Be a Mathematician


David Vogan and Vivek Miglani

Vivek Miglani won the 2014 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. Vivek is pictured above accepting the trophy from AMS President David Vogan. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker.)

The contestants for the 2015 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician have been chosen and are being notified so that they can confirm their participation. Once all have confirmed, we'll post their names.

Those students will travel to the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings in January to compete for the $10,000 first prize ($5,000 for the individual and $5,000 for his or her math department) on Jan. 12 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio. Here's the Round 2 test with answers.

More than 200 students nationwide took part in the second round of qualifying for the 2015 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. Students who scored eight or better in the first round moved on to the second round. 

The game is for high school students but middle school students are welcome to try to qualify. The youngest qualifier we've had for the national game was a freshman.

The 10 semifinalists for the 2014 national contest, which took place on January 16 in Baltimore at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings, are:

  • Patrick Guo, Westwood High School, TX
  • Sammy Luo, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
  • Clark Lyons, High Technology High School, NJ
  • Vivek Miglani, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, FL
  • Emily Mu, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
  • Shyam Narayanan, Blue Valley West High School, KS
  • Tahsin Saffat, Westview High School, OR
  • Kevin Sun, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
  • Jesse Zhang, Fairview High School, CO and
  • Dennis Zhao, Montgomery Blair High School, MD

See photos and more information about the contestants.

More than 2000 students participated in qualifying for the 2014 contest. Most students took the qualifying tests online thanks to our technology sponsor Maplesoft and its online testing system Maple T.A. See the Round Two test with answers and the Round One test with answers.

Topics covered in the game and in the qualifying rounds include algebra, trigonometry, geometry, history of mathematics, probability--everything but calculus.

Read about previous national contests: 2013 (champ Calvin Deng pictured below), 2012, 2011 and 2010 and see previous qualifying tests (2010, 2011, 2012) and keys (2010, 2011, and 2012, and 2013).

Calvin with his "check" From the 2010 contest in San Francisco

Above photo from 2010 contest by E. David Luria.


In addition to the cash prizes in the national contest, there are also prizes donated by: our technology sponsor Maplesoft, Texas Instruments, John Wiley & Sons, and the AMS. The game is a program of the AMS Public Awareness Office and was developed by Mike Breen (AMS Public Awareness Officer) and Bill Butterworth (DePaul University ).