AMC @ USM

For several years, the University of Southern Mississippi has hosted high schools for the MAA's annual American Mathematics Competition. Since the beginning of our association with this national event, we have added several activities of interest:

  • We start with the competition itself (of course). The AMC is a multiple choice test where students have to solve problems of increasing difficulty, which rely only on high school mathematics. You can find previous years' questions and solutions here.
  • 2015 T-shirt design:<br />no jerksAfter the test, students enjoy lunch while listening to a Science Café talk. You can find a list of previous years' talks below.
  • Finally, schools may opt for tours of the university campus. Facilities that have welcomed students including the university's innovation and commercialization park, known as the Garden; the School of Polymer Science; and the Department of Chemistry.
  • Every year's event also includes a T-shirt design contest.
Over 300 students registered for the 2015 meeting.

2014 T-shirt design:<br />I saw the sign

We generally mail invitation letters to area schools in early fall. If you are interested in participating, but we somehow failed to contact you, please contact John Perry. Homeschoolers welcome!

Note: You need not visit USM to participate in the American Mathematics Competition! We provide this event as a science-related field trip, but if circumstances preclude your participation in our event, you can register with the MAA directly.

Contest winners

We offer prizes to the top three students in each test, the top student from each school, and the school with the winning T-shirt design.

YearTest1st2nd3rdT-shirt
2015 12Coleman Sisson (Oak Grove)Nicholas Sciortino (Oak Grove)Samer Buti (Oak Grove)NE Jones
10Emily Zhang (Madison)Michael Zhang (Madison)Allen Huang (Oak Grove)
2014 12Xianglong Ni (Oak Grove)Tanjiao Guo (Oak Grove)Brandon Butler (Hancock)NE Jones
10Allen Huang (Oak Grove)Matthew Gallardo (Sacred Heart) Jackson Dale (Stringer)

Previous speakers

Table includes links to speakers' webpages & abstrascts from the original Science Café presentation at the USM Library.

 YearSpeaker Title 
2015Dr. Scott Milroy (Marine Sciences) Life on Mars
2014Dr. David Echevarria (Psychology)Musical Minds