SHSU Mathematics Students Shine in COMAP Contest

mcm teamThree undergraduate mathematics students from Sam Houston State University scored high in the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP)’s Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), which challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems. 

Austin Ramsden, Kerrie Prieto, and Andrew Anderson (left to right, at right) represented SHSU in the contest. Kerrie was competing for the second year in a row, while the other two were first-time competitors. The team was mentored by Assistant Professor Edward Swim of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. 

The SHSU team – one of more than 6,700 teams around the world participating in the competition - was ranked in the Meritorious Winner category for MCM Problem B (teams could choose from three different modeling problems. Problem B involves discrete modeling). Only 656 such teams earned the Meritorious Winner designation, of which only 40 came from the U.S. 

The team’s ranking placed them in the top nine percent of all papers submitted worldwide for their problem. Their performance earned them rankings comparable to those of teams from other prestigious American universities, including Colgate, Duke, the University of Maryland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Virginia Tech.

COMAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving mathematics education for students of all ages. As the organization states on its website: “COMAP develops curriculum materials and teacher development programs that are multidisciplinary, academically rigorous, and fun for teachers to teach and students to learn. COMAP's educational philosophy is centered around mathematical modeling: using mathematical tools to explore real-world problems.”

The College of Sciences and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is proud of Andrew’s, Kerrie’s, and Austin’s performance in the MCM contest, and encourages them and other SHSU students to participate in future academic competitions as they pursue their degrees.