Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

It is great that the AMS is able to conduct this competition which values and encourages mathematical talent. While sports are usually celebrated, it is wonderful that students interested in mathematics can also be encouraged. I sincerely hope that many more students gain the opportunity to participate in this competition.


Who Wants to Be a Mathematician to be held at the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival

USASEF logo Washington Monument
(Photo from the 2010 festival.)
  • Who: High school students from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia are eligible to participate. The top prize is $3000.
  • What: America's math game at America's Science and Engineering Festival
  • When: April 28, 5:00-6:00 (p.m.)
  • Where: The Carver Stage in the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC
  • How (did the contestants qualify): Teachers from the above states and DC administered qualifying tests to their students and returned to the AMS Public Awareness Office for correction. Contestants were selected based on their scores on the test.
  • Why: To reward some of the area's best math students and give festival attendees a chance to see them in action!

In addition to conducting Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2012 festival, the AMS will also host a booth featuring a hands-on activity involving mathematics.

See highlights of the hands-on activity "Gyrangle" at the AMS booth at the 2010 festival and from the most recent Who Wants to Be a Mathematician in Washington.

2011 finalists

(Photo by E. David Luria.)

Find out about the national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.