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. Updated information about the 2023 contest will appear here in January, and registration for the 2023 event will begin on or about Feb 1, 2023. 

Links for the 2022 Contest

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


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.


Contest Registration

 The registration fee for the contest will be $8 per student. You will also be able to order advance lunch tickets for our cafeteria for an additional $8 for each student.

Registration for the 2023 event will begin on or about February 1, 2023.

Due to the popularity of our contest and our limited facilities, we will be limiting the number of students that can register from each schoolEach school may enter up to 12 students per grade or 10% of your school‘s enrollment per grade, whichever is higher. For example, a school that has 250 students in grade eight can register up to 25 eighth graders.  A school that has 80 students in grade eight can register up to 12 eighth graders. We will offer a whole class exception to this cap if you’d like to bring one entire math class, in which case you should submit a copy of this class’s roster with your registration in Step 2 below.

Registration for the 2023 event will begin on or about February 1, 2023, with the following approximate deadlines. There are 3 steps to registering your school for the contest:

Step 1. Register Your School and Pay the Registration Fee Online (approx Feb 1 – March 15)

Step 2. Submit your Student Registration Spreadsheet and Permission Slips (by April 12).

Step 3. Sign up for Limited Capacity Sessions (Optional, starting April 12).


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.

You are invited to call our Guest Reservations Center at 920-424-1106 if you need lodging on the night of April 20, 2022. The lodging rate is $40 per room, with 2 guests permitted per room. Visit https://uwosh.edu/gcc/home/lodging/ for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus!


Links for the 2022 Contest


 Links from the 2019 Contest


Links from the 2018 Contest


Links from the 2017 Contest




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