Math Contest in Modeling

The Mathematics/Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (MCM/ ICM) will be held from 19 to 23 January 2017. Over 12000 teams of three from around the world competing in 2015.

New meeting 5:40 Friday Janurary 13 in 119 Math Physics.

Please contact Trung Can < and David Kraines <> if you want to form a team or if you would like more information.

This competition is an opportunity for you to tackle a real world problem using Mathematical ideas. See COMAP MCM/ICM and Duke’s record.

The problems of this contest are always open-ended and resemble applied research problems. Hence, they could be really messy and challenging, but also inspiring when you are able to come up with great ideas to solve them. From my own experience, most students have great fun with the contest and learn a lot of Mathematics while struggling with this difficult task.

This year, in order to provide more information and practice materials for the contest, we will have some workshop meetings, starting with the Info session this Friday, December 2, at 5:30 pm in Physics 119.

Other meetings will take place at the start of the Spring term.


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Duke University Math Union

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News and Information

The Math Contest in Modeling  will be held from Thursday-Monday January 19-23, 2017.

For more information on the competition and on forming a team, contact Trung Can <> and David Kraines <>.


The math department and DUMU sponsor a number of popular  Public Lectures aimed at a general audience. Undergraduates with an interest in Mathematics are encouraged to attend.

Lectures by Duke alumni from the mathematics department will be scheduled for spring 2017.

Duke Math Meet

Thanks to coordinators Justin Luo and David Geng for organizing the very successful 2016 Duke Math Meet on November 12.  Tony Qiao and Trung Can coordinated efforts by Problem Solving Seminar students and others to create original problems for the nearly 300 high school students from about 25 high school students throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. Student volunteers helped register teams, lead them to various test sites, serve breakfast and lunch, proctor exams, and other tasks.


Several dozen Duke undergraduates participated in the 2016 Virginia Tech and Putnam math competitions.  Results of the Putnam competition will be announced in late March.

 Saturday October  22, 2016    9-11:30       Virginia Tech Regional

Saturday November 12, 2016    9 – 5          Duke Math Meet

Saturday December 3, 2016      10-6           Putnam Math Competition

Thursday-Monday January 19-23, 2017      Math Contest in Modeling


Math 281S   Problem Solving Seminar

This half-credit seminar is intended for students who enjoy solving interesting math problems. We’ll be discussing how to solve math competition questions. We’ll focus on the intuition behind solutions as well as various tools we can use. Students are asked to work on challenging math problems one evening a week and to write up careful solutions with complete and rigorous proofs to several of them. Students are expected to compete in the Virginia Tech and Putnam math competitions as well as help write questions for the Duke Math Meet.

Research Opportunities


Data+ is a nine-week summer research experience open to Duke undergraduates of all majors who are interested in exploring data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges.


DOMath provides support for small groups of undergraduates for an eight week summer research program

PRUV Fellow Program

PRUV provides financial support for math majors’ research with faculty mentor’s  leading to Graduation with Distinction.

Independent Study

There are opportunities to do research with faculty members for course credit during the year. Independent Study projects can also be used to earn Graduation with Distinction.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The National Science Foundation sponsors many summer undergraduate research programs at a variety of schools around the country.

DUMU officers

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See Duke Math News for past news.

Information about DUMU History including its founding, past presidents and speakers.