UWO Mathematical Problem Solving Contest

Next Contest Event Date: Tuesday April 25, 2023

Our fifth annual UWO Mathematical Problem Solving Contest will be held on campus on Tuesday April 25, 2023.  Visit our Contest Registration page for detailed information on how to register your school.

The UW Oshkosh Mathematical Problem Solving Contest is designed for motivated students in grades 7-10 who show an affinity for mathematics and mathematical sciences. Our goal in establishing this event is to help spark and foster interest in young people to pursue further study and careers in mathematics and other STEM fields, and to share what the faculty and programs at UW Oshkosh have to offer.

Event Schedule:  Tuesday April 25, 2023

8:00 – 8:20 am         Arrival and Check-in

8:35 – 9:35 am         Individual Problem Solving Contest

9:45 – 10:40 am       Group Problem Solving Contest

11:00 –1:20 pm        Lunch and Activities

1:35 – 2:10 pm         Awards Ceremony

2:10– 2:20 pm          Departure from Campus


Important Links for This Year’s Contest




Contest Overview

Each student is invited to compete in a 45-minute Individual Problem-solving contest, as well as on a team of up to 4 students for the Team Problem-solving contest. The problems are written to test mathematical problem-solving skills, and will be aligned with the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice. We hope that your students will find the test items to be engaging as well as challenging.

Students will compete in two divisions, one for grades 7-8 and one for grades 9-10. For the Team contest, teams should be made up of students within the same division.

Trophies and medals will be given to the individuals and teams with the top scores within each division, and trophies will be awarded to the top performing schools. Also, scholarships to attend the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will be offered to the students with the top three overall high scores in the individual contest.


Post-contest Activities

After the problem-solving contests in the morning, we will offer a wide variety of programs and activities for your students to participate in on campus, including a math game show, and demonstrations and hands-on activities in Mathematics and a variety of STEM fields. Registered schools will receive an information packet via email during the week of March 18 that includes contest site information, schedule of activities, and information about signing up for optional limited-capacity sessions.

Lunch Options

Students may (1) bring their own lunch, or (2) may purchase tickets in advance for Blackhawk Commons (all you can eat hot entrees, salad bar, hamburgers, and sandwiches, etc.), or (3) may purchase lunch a la carte at the Reeve Union. 

On-campus Lodging

If you are traveling to Oshkosh from far away, consider staying on campus the night before the contest. Gruenhagen Conference Center serves as the on campus guest house for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus. Visit https://uwosh.edu/gcc/home/lodging/ for more information.


Contest Registration

Registration is still open. While the Early Registration Deadline has passed, we still have some limited capacity for addtional registrations. We will fill these on a first-come first-served basis. Please send an email enquiry to kuennene@uwosh.edu  to confirm that space is still available before registering. Visit our Contest Registration page for detailed information on how to register your school.



2023 Contest Important Dates

March 15:  School Registration Fees due.  Schedule of Activities Published.

April 12:  Student Registration Spreadsheet and Permission Slips due. Sign-up for limited capacity sessions begins.

April 25: Contest Event Date


Important Links for This Year’s Contest



Results and Problems from Previous Contests






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