SUSTech Students Win Big in USA Mathematical Modeling Contest

      COMAP (Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications) has just released the 2017 MCM/ICM contest final results. 36 SUSTech undergraduate students were rewarded for their works, 4 were awarded the top international prize, 20 achieved second prize, and 12 came in at third prize.


The contest kicked off at 6 a.m. Beijing time on January 20th until January 24th and was coordinated simultaneously online in China, Germany, the United States, Great Britain, Singapore and many other participating countries, with a total of 16 928 students competing from some of the world's top universities such as the University of Columbia, Stanford University, Cambridge University and Pekin University.

SUSTech students have already been competing in some of the top domestic and international contests since 2013 and consistently achieve excellent results, and those students almost always go on to pursue their academic career in the best universities in China and abroad.

Associate Professor Li Jingzhi of the Department of Mathematics helped create the SUSTech Mathematical Modeling Association in 2012, with more than 200 students participating this year. The group holds weekly discussion sessions on mathematical modeling, and frequently invites famous mathematical modeling specialists from China and abroad to give lectures and teach short courses.

Background information:

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling is a world-renowned international mathematical modeling event and the most influential mathematical modeling contest in the world. The competition was first organised in 1985 by the American Association of Mathematics and its Application (COMAP) and various other research institutions.

In groups of 3 undergraduate students, participants have 4 days to choose a problem from the list supplied and use mathematical models to solve it, verify it and then present the results in a paper.

This kind of activity offers the participating students the perfect experience combining mathematics and life, to practice their ability to analyse and solve problems and also to work as a team.

Edited by: Jeremy Welburn