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The National Who Wants to Be a Mathematician
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.)
Qualifying for the 2015 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician will begin in September (2014). Teachers (and parents who homeschool their children) who'd like to request a qualifying test should email the AMS Public Awareness Office, paoffice at ams dot org, with the subject line "National WWTBAM." In the body of the message, include your name, school, contact information, and courses taught this year. In early September we'll send you more information about how your students can qualify.
There are two rounds of tests, administered via Maplesoft's Maple TA. The first round will take place Sept 6-20. Those who score eight or above on the round one test advance to round two (in October). We take the top scorer in each of 10 regions of the country in the round two test. Those students will travel to the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio in January to compete for the $10,000 first prize ($5,000 for the individual and $5,000 for his or her math department).
The game is for high school students but middle school students can 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:
More than 2000 students participatedin 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.
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 ).
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