The Mathematics Department is sponsoring three teams of undergraduate students to participate in the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

Mathematics and Economics double major Ashleigh Craig, Geology and Computer Science double major Daniel O'Hara, and Mathematics majorTeresa Scarnati will form one team, Mathematics and Physics double major Ross Newcome, Mathematics major Sean Smith, and Computer Science major Michael Taylor form a second team, and Finance major exchange students Yifei Hu, Zhen Yang, and Huidong Zhang will form a third team. Dr. John Chrispell and Dr. Ed Donley are serving as the advisers for all three teams, but they is not allowed to help the teams once the contest begins.

In the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), teams are given 96 hours to develop mathematical models to solve a real world problem posed by COMAP. The teams must also evaluate their model and write a research paper describing their results. The contest focuses on mathematics, computation, and communication. Previous years' problems included developing heat distribution models for brownie pans, estimating the total weight of leaves on a tree, creating a geographical profile to help catch a serial killer, and modeling hunting strategies of velociraptors based on fossil data.

For more information about COMAP or the ICM, please see http://www.comap.com/undergraduate/contests/