UWO Mathematical Problem Solving Contest


 Next Year’s Math Contest Date: Thursday April 17, 2025.  



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.

Event Schedule:  Thursday April 17, 2025

8:00 – 8:20 am         Arrival and Check-in

8:35 – 9:35 am         Individual Problem Solving Contest

9:45 – 10:40 am       Group Problem Solving Contest

11:00 –1:20 pm        Lunch and Activities

1:35 – 2:10 pm         Awards Ceremony

2:10– 2:20 pm          Departure from Campus


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.

See: 2024 Math Contest Rules and Information


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. Registered schools will receive an information packet via email during the week of March 15 that includes contest site information, schedule of activities, and information about signing up for optional limited-capacity sessions. 

See: 2024 Schedule of Activities


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.), or (3) may purchase lunch a la carte at the Reeve Union. 


Contest Registration

Registration will begin January 31, 2025.


2025 Contest Important Dates

Thursday January 30:  Online School Registration Opens.

Friday March 14:   Online School Registration Closes.  Preliminary Schedule of Activities will be published by this date.

Thursday March 20:  Registration confirmations will be emailed out, with assigned contest locations (including bus drop-off and pickup sites) and assigned lunch sessions.

Thursday April 3:  Student Registration Spreadsheet and Field Trip Form due. Sign-up for limited capacity sessions begins.

Thursday April 17: Contest Event Date


 Links from the April 30, 2024 Contest:


Links from the April 2023 Contest:

Our fifth annual UWO Mathematical Problem Solving Contest was held on campus on Tuesday April 25, 2023. 


Results and Problems from Previous Contests

(Note: We have decided not to post answers or solutions to previous contests. However, if you have any questions about one of these problems, email Eric and we’d be happy to discuss it with you.







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