Triangle Competition in Mathematical Modeling (TriCoMM)

Friday, November 10 at 5pm to Sunday, November 12 at 5pm

Triangle Competition in Math Modeling (TRiCoMM)

Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and the SIAM student chapter at Duke University.

Want to win prizes? Solve real problems using math? Gain experience for an international contest? Develop research experience?

Teams of 2-3 undergraduates answer questions such as:

  • Design a network of charging stations for electric cars.
  • How do we address fish migration given changing ocean temperatures?

Join us at one of the TriCoMM information sessions to learn more.

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What is it?

TriCoMM is a competition where a team of three undergraduate students creates, analyzes, and writes a report on a mathematical model for an open-ended real-world problem for part of a weekend. Faculty, postdocs and graduate students in applied mathematics will then judge the reports on merits such as practicality of the model and clarity of the report. 

This local competition is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and will provide valuable experience for teams interested in potentially participating in the international Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) or Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM). More than 20,000 teams from all over the world participated in the contest in early 2023, and teams have successfully represented Duke in the past. More information about last year’s contest can be found on the contest website.

For both the local and the international contests, no travel is required and you can use any resources. You are only allowed to collaborate with members of your team. Sign up for the local contest here. Click here to view the rubric that will be used by the TriCoMM judges.