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Department of Mathematics


General Information

The 32nd High School Mathematics Contest at the University of South Carolina is scheduled for Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. All South Carolina high schools are cordially invited to participate. 

The UofSC Annual High School Math Contest

Since 1986, the Department of Mathematics of the University of South Carolina has been inviting all interested high schools in South Carolina to our exciting events. Our goal is to stimulate interest in mathematics among high school students and to recognize those who exhibit exceptional talent.  The main event is a 90-minute multiple-choice exam with 30 questions—the Morning Exam. The top 16 scorers of this test receive a medal, and participate in a Top-16 Tournament. The top two at this tournament receive a plaque. For team awards, schools are separated into three divisions.  The division assigned to a school is based on the results from the previous three contests.  Any school without presence in any of the last three contests gets placed by default in the third division. Schools participate as a team in our Team Round: a 60-minute open-answer exam with 15-questions. The score in this event is added to the average of the top-3 participants in the Morning Exam. 

Scholarships

The South Carolina Honors college is offering to pay $1000 per year for up to 4 years to one senior ranking in the top 10 who is entering the South Carolina Honors College in Fall’19.  Qualifying students should indicate their interest in being considered for this award by contacting us at mcontest@math.sc.edu 

Individual Awards

The top scorer of the Morning Exam receives a medal, a plaque, and $400 cash prize. The participant obtaining the second place in the Morning Exam received a medal, a plaque, and $200 cash prize. The participant in third placed obtains a medal, and $100 cash prize. Participants in places fourth to sixth receive a medal and $50 cash prize

Team Awards

For team awards, schools are separated into three divisions.  The top three schools from each division will receive trophies.

Certificates

Certificates for participation will be handed out at 1 pm in Gambrell 247. If you prefer to have the certificates mailed, indicate so to one of the members of our Welcome committee, at the Registration Desk.

Statistics

Different statistics about the results of all of our different tournaments will be posted online.  If you require any additional computation, please let us know.