Simon Marais Mathematics Competition 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 12pm-7:30pm

The Simon Marais Competition commemorates Dr Simon Marais a South African-born physicist who maintained a life long passion for mathematics and mathematical problem solving. The competition aims to:
  • Encourage creative mathematical problem-solving among undergraduate students
  • Identify talented students in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Forge links between academics in the region
  • Promote healthy competition among students and universities
Eligibility: Undergraduate students at pre-registered universities located between New Zealand Standard Time and Indian Standard Time. Honours students may also enter.

Entry: Students can enter individually or in pairs, with prizes for the top 10 individuals and the top 10 pairs. The best universities will be determined based on the scores of their 3 best individuals and 2 best pairs, such that at most 4 of the students involved are of the same gender. All participating universities also receive a university ranking, which is based on the scores of their top performing individual students and pairs.

Format: Two three-hour exams on Saturday 10 October 2020, at times depending on the time-zone, to be held at universities.

Problems: Challenging problems using core undergraduate mathematics. Possibly one open problem in afternoon exam. Sample problems and previous exam questions can be found on the website.

Prizes: AU$100,000 in total prize money, as well as corporate internships (see website for conditions).

To enter, please complete the entry form here. Entries close 5pm, 24/09/2020.

View the organisers statement on the competition and Covid-19 here.

The University Organisers will continue to assess the safety and practicality of running the competition as the situation evolves in New Zealand. Please make sure you regularly check your emails once you are registered for the competition.

Please do not hesitate to email the School of Mathematics and Statistics if you have any questions.