"I am sure I can speak for everyone involved when I say that this was the best math competition we have ever been a part of. Many thanks to all of you for that wonderful happening."
More than 150 students and teachers had the chance to hear the Spring 2013 Arnold Ross Lecture by Erik Demaine (MIT), watch Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, and tour the exhibits at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York. See videos, photos, and descriptions of the lecture and game, which were held on floor -1 of the museum. Eric Schneider, closest to Erik Demaine in the photo, was the big winner.
Calvin Deng (left), a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, won the 2013 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego. It was a very exciting contest, which Calvin won on the last question. Shyam Narayanan, a sophomore at Blue Valley West High School (KS) and last year's winner, finished second. Calvin's victory earned him US$5000 and the same amount for the math department at his school. Shyam won $3000 for himself and $3000 for his school's math department.
Meet the 10 contestants who qualified for the 2013 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.
The contest took place January 10. The 10 contestants were selected based on their scores on a qualifying test. Here are the answers for the most recent qualifying test.
Find out more about the national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.
Coming in 2014! Who Wants to Be a Mathematician will be at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. Find out more.
In the AMS game Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, high school students compete for cash and prizes by answering multiple choice mathematics questions. The cash prize in each game is donated by the AMS. Other prize donors are: Texas Instruments, Maplesoft Inc., and John Wiley & Sons.
What are former contestants up to nowadays? Read about what some former contestants are doing.
Read about the 2012 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, which took place January 6 in Boston at the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meetings. See the key for the qualifying test, which was used to select the 10 contestants and profiles of the 10 contestants.
Read about the 2011 national contest of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician and the previous national contest held at the 2010 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco.
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 ).
Archive: Read about past performances of the game.
Videos: Watching the game, and playing along, is a great activity for a math club or for individuals who want to match wits with the contestants.
Sample: If you'd like a PowerPoint file with sample questions, email the Public Awareness Office (paoffice at ams dot org) with the subject line: "wwtbam sample round."