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Jessica Stephenson

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Like math? Ready for a challenge? Register now to compete for $80,000 in scholarship prizes
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Jessica Stephenson

Project Public Awareness

Moody's Mega Math Challenge/SIAM

Phone: (215) 382-9800 x383


Wednesday, February 05, 2009

Like math? Ready for a challenge? Register now to compete for $80,000 in
scholarship prizes

Deadline to register for Moody's Mega Math Challenge is March 2

Philadelphia, PA- Less than a month remains to register teams for the
fourth-annual Moody's Mega Math Challenge, an Internet-based applied
math competition for high school students. Teams must register online by
Monday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m. to be eligible to win scholarship prizes
totaling $80,000. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams by The Moody's
Foundation in early May.

Teacher-coaches must register their teams online at and each high school may enter up
to two teams of three to five 11th or 12th grade students per team.
There are no participation or entry fees.

Students choose which day they wish to work during Challenge weekend,
March 7 or 8 and have 14 hours to solve an open-ended, realistic,
applied math-modeling problem focused on real-world issues. Teams are
able to download the problem at 7:00 a.m. on their selected Challenge
day and must upload their paper by 9:00 p.m. that same evening. They
will have no knowledge of the problem until they download it from the M3
Challenge website. It is recommended that all teams prepare in advance
using any resources available. There are several sample problems
available for practice on the Challenge website at

This year, more students than ever before are eligible to participate as
the Challenge has expanded to include all high school juniors and
seniors in New England and Mid-Atlantic states, from Maine through
Washington, D.C. Find out if your school is eligible at

Teacher-coaches are responsible for selecting and registering their
team(s), communicating the contest rules and guidelines to their
team(s), receiving all contest communications including and especially
the team ID # and password, and preparing their team for the Challenge
(optional, but recommended). Teacher-coaches are not required to be
physically with or near their team on Challenge day and are prohibited
from helping their team during the Challenge itself.

Moody's Mega Math Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful
problem-solving tool, as a viable and exciting profession, and as a
vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society. The
Challenge is funded by The Moody's Foundation and organized by the
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

More information on Moody's Mega Math Challenge 2009 can be found at


About the Sponsor
The Moody's Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to
supporting a variety of nonprofit education, health and human services,
civic, and arts and culture programs. Established by Moody's Corporation
in 2001, the Foundation's primary area of giving is secondary and higher
education with a focus on mathematics, economics and finance. Further
information is available at

Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO), an essential component of the global
capital markets, provides credit ratings, research, tools and analysis
that contribute to stable, transparent and integrated financial markets.
Moody's Corporation is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service
and Moody's Analytics, encompassing Moody's non-ratings businesses. With
revenues of $2.3 billion in 2007, Moody's employs approximately 3,600
people worldwide and maintains a presence in 27 countries. Further
information is available at

About the Organizer
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered
in Philadelphia, PA, is an international society of over 12,000
individual members. These include applied and computational
mathematicians and computer scientists, as well as other scientists and
engineers. Members are researchers, educators, students, and
practitioners from 85 countries in industry, government, laboratories,
and academia. The Society, which also includes almost 500 academic and
corporate institutional members, serves and advances the disciplines of
applied mathematics and computational science by publishing a variety of
books and prestigious peer-reviewed research journals, by conducting
conferences, and by hosting activity groups in various areas of
mathematics. SIAM provides many opportunities for students including
regional sections and student chapters. Further information is available

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