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Who wants to be a mathematician


Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is a game in which high school students compete for cash and prizes by answering multiple choice mathematics questions. The cash prize in each game is donated by the AMS. Other prize donors are: Maplesoft Inc.--our Technology Sponsor--Art of Problem Solving--our Online Community Sponsor--Texas Instruments, and John Wiley & Sons.


There are two versions of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. Both involve high school students answering multiple choice math questions for cash and prizes.

National: In the national version, students from nine regions in the U.S. and the host city for the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) compete for a $10,000 first prize at the JMM in January. The 10 students qualify for the national game by taking two rounds of tests in the fall, most doing so online courtesy of our technology sponsor Maplesoft. Every school that participates in qualifying receives a gift certificate from Art of Problem Solving. Those who score 8 and above (out of 10) on the round one test, move on to round two. The top scorers in each of the regions (often determined by tie-breakers) compete in the semifinals at the JMM (five contestants per semifinal). The semifinal winners go on to the finals, also at the JMM. Each cash amount won by the contestants is matched by the AMS and awarded to the math department of his or her school (or for homeschooled students, to their homeschool association). So the first-place winner receives $5,000 as does his or her math department. The AMS pays for (reasonable) travel, food, and lodging for each contestant and one accompanying adult.