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UW Oshkosh Mathematical Problem Solving Contest

The 3rd annual University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Mathematical Problem Solving Contest, sponsored by the UWO Mathematics Department and the Chancellor's Office, will be held on campus on Tuesday April 23, 2019.




The UW Oshkosh Mathematical Problem Solving Contest is designed for motivated students in grades 7-10 who show an affinity for mathematics and mathematical sciences. Our goal in establishing this event is to help spark and foster interest in young people to pursue further study and careers in mathematics and other STEM fields, and to share what the faculty and programs at UW Oshkosh have to offer.

The 3rd annual contest will be held on Tuesday April 23, 2019.

*Please NOTE the Change in Date. Previously a date of Thursday April 25 was announced, but do to facility availability, we had to reschedule to Tuesday April 23.*


Important Dates for the 2019 contest:

  • February 1: Online registration will begin.
  • Friday March 8.  Registration deadline for submitting your school's registration form and payment online.
  • Tuesday April 9: Student Participation lists and permission slips are due.
  • Tuesday April 23:  Contest date.


Preliminary Schedule Overview:

Tuesday April 23, 2019


8:00 – 8:30 am          Arrival and check-in

8:45 – 9:30  am         Individual Problem Solving Contest

10:00 10:45 am      Group Problem Solving Contest

11:00 1:30 pm         Lunch, Tours and Activities

1:40  2:15 pm          Awards Ceremony


Contest Overview

Each student is invited to compete in a 45-minute Individual Problem-solving contest, as well as on a team of up to 4 students for the Team Problem-solving contest. The problems are written to test mathematical problem-solving skills, and will be aligned with the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice. We hope that your students will find the test items to be engaging as well as challenging.

Students will compete in two divisions, one for grades 7-8 and one for grades 9-10. For the Team contest, teams should be made up of students within the same division.

Trophies and medals will be given to the individuals and teams with the top scores within each division, and trophies will be awarded to the top performing schools. Also, scholarships to attend the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will be offered to the students with the top three overall high scores in the individual contest.


Post-contest Activities

After the problem-solving contests in the morning, we will offer a wide variety of programs and activities for your students to participate in on campus, including a math game show, and demonstrations and hands-on activities in Mathematics and a variety of STEM fields.


Lunch Options

Students may (1) bring their own lunch, or (2) may purchase tickets in advance for Blackhawk Commons (all you can eat hot entrees, salad bar, hamburgers, and sandwiches, etc.) (3) may purchase lunch a la carte at the Reeve Union.


Registration Information


The registration fee is $7 per student. Students and advisers can also order advance lunch tickets for our cafeteria for $6.50 per lunch ticket.

New this year is that each school will register and pay online. The link to the online registration form and information on how to pay will be posted when registration begins on February 1, 2019.  For more information, visit our 2019 Contest Registration Information page.


Below are the Links for the previous contest held in 2018.


The links below refer to the contest that was held in April 2017.


by Kuennen, Eric W last modified Jan 18, 2019 10:23 AM


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