The University of Maryland Annual High School Mathematics Competition

Every autumn, the University of Maryland organizes a High School Mathematics Competition, open to high school students enrolled in Maryland or the District of Columbia. The Competition provides students stimulation, feedback and the opportunity for achievement. The top three scorers each year are awarded a scholarship for full tuition and expenses at the University of Maryland. There are also cash prizes and Edgar Krahn Scholar opportunities, which vary from year to year.

The competition consists of two examinations. Generally, about 2000 students take the Part I examination. Students who score well on the Part I exam are invited to participate in Part II of the Competition (a considerably more challenging exam). The exams require a sound knowledge of high school mathematics up to, but not including, calculus. Both parts require mathematical insight and ingenuity.

The 41st Annual (2019) University of Maryland High School Mathematics Competition

The format:
Part I - 25 multiple choice questions, 75 min;
Part II - 5 problems, 2 hours.

Part I of the Competition is open to all students enrolled in high schools in Maryland and the District of Columbia. High scores on Part I will qualify to participate in Part II of the Competition. The three participants earning the highest combined socres on both parts will win $500, $400, and $300 respectively. Among those completing both parts of the competition, the highest scorer in each county and in Baltimore City and in the District of Columbia will be awarded a prize of $100. The top three overall scorers will be offered a scholarship for full tuition and expenses if and when they enroll at the University of Maryland (for non-seniors, this might be a few years from now). (Note: To receive a scholarship, a student must be a US citizen, national, or permanent resident.) In addition to a sound knowledge of high school mathematics (up to, but not including, calculus), both parts will require a fair amount of mathematical insight and ingenuity.

The dates for 2019:
Part I, Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 pm;
Part II, Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

The competition is usually given at the student's school. For special situations (for example, home-schooled students), contact Dr. Ebrahimian - .  There is no registration fee for the competition. It's free.

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Registration Information:

Registration starts in late August. Registration Deadline: October 13, 2019
Students who would like to register should contact their high school teachers. Teachers who will administer the exam should click here for information on how to register.

History of the Competition

The Competition began in 1979 under the leadership of Brit Kirwan, then chair of the Mathematics Department. The first Competition was organized by Professor Gertrude Ehrlich. Over the years, the Competition has been graced by many fine students. For recent years, we have more detailed records:

Lists of Winners in

1998 1999 2000
2001 2002 2003
2004 2005 2006
2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012
2013 2014 2015
2016 2017 2018

Some previous Competition exams, with solutions
Contestants can also follow links to other competitions and opportunities.

If you have questions or requests, please contact the chair of the competition committee, Dr. Roohollah Ebrahimian. e-mail: . tel.: (301)405-5154 fax: (301)314-0827