Competitions

Rochester Olympiad

Every February the University of Rochester organizes a mathematics contest for undergraduate students called the University of Rochester Math Olympiad (URMO). Students from a variety of universities in the US and Canada (including UTM, University of Rochester, Cornell, SUNY – Buffalo) take part and each participating college or university administers the contest on its own campus. The contest consists of one three-hour long exam, typically consisting of four questions. There are three prizes awarded each year: First prize is $250, second prize is $200, and third prize is $150. Click here for more information about the contest. 

Each year the MCS Department runs training sessions for students interested in competing in this contest. These sessions help students learn a variety of strategies for problem solving, and also provide an opportunity to learn mathematics beyond the curriculum. In addition, it offers the chance to work on challenging, interesting problems in an informal setting, and to provide students with the opportunity to meet peers with similar interests - helping to build an extra-curricular community among our students. Most problems require only basic undergraduate mathematics to solve (and sometimes even less than that). On the other hand, the type of question asked is usually different from those normally seen in courses, and can be quite tricky. Being able to solve such questions is impressive, and can be a nice addition to your CV.

For more information about the training sessions, or to join the training session mailing list contact Parker Glynn-Adey (parker.glynn.adey@utoronto.ca).

Putnam Competition

The Putnam Competition is an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate students of the United States and Canada, awarding scholarships and cash prizes ranging from $250 to $2,500 for the top students and $5,000 to $25,000 for the top schools. It is being held every year, in December. The competition was founded in 1927 by Elizabeth Lowell Putnam in memory of her husband William Lowell Putnam, who, while alive was an advocate of intercollegiate intellectual competition.

The first UTM team was formed in 2008, and since then, a small group of interested students are writing the Putnam every year.

 

Computer Science Programming Competition

 

Computer Science Security Competition