UWO Mathematical Problem Solving Contest

Next Year’s Math Contest Date: Tuesday April 30, 2024.  Registration will begin on or about February 1, 2024.



    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.


    Our fifth annual UWO Mathematical Problem Solving Contest was held on campus on Tuesday April 25, 2023. 

    2023 Contest Results


    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


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    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

    We have reached our capacity and are no longer accepting new registrations for the 2023 contest. If you have already registered your school, visit out Contest Registration page for detailed information on how to complete the registration process,


    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


    Results and Problems from Previous Contests

    (Note: We have decided not to post answers or solutions to previous contests. However, if you have any questions about one of these problems, email Eric and we’d be happy to discuss it with you.








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