Rules & Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Students must have taken or be taking at least one of the following junior or senior level mathematics courses at the time of registration for the MTF Challenge: statistics, calculus, pre-calculus, probability, mathematical modeling, or another junior or senior level mathematics course covering similar material.
  • Students must be junior or senior level students attending high school in the United States during the 2020-21 school year. *some special exceptions will be made for sophomore level students taking advanced junior or senior level mathematics classes.
  • Scholarship awards will only be paid to colleges or universities in the United States. If a student wins an award and chooses to attend college outside of the United States they will void their scholarship award.
  • Students may be in any type of schooling; formal, informal, home-schooled, etc.
  • Students must be no older than 19 years old by December 31st, 2020.
  • Teams may include from one to five students. Each student or team of students submitting to the challenge must have an adult “coach” noted on the submission.
  • Coaches can be any adult, 18+ years old.

Rules for Qualification Process

  • All teams must qualify for the main MTFC Project Phase by successfully passing a Scenario Response Topic.
  • Teams will be presented with one or more Scenarios, but are only required to submit 1 to qualify. Scenarios will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Teams that submit a scenario response early will be reviewed first and will be notified of their qualification status at that time.
  • Teams who submit one scenario early but do not pass, may submit a second (and third) scenario to attempt to pass up until the end of the qualification period.
  • The qualification requirement is to earn at least an 60% score on each level of scenario questions.

Rules for Project Submission & Evaluation

  • Project reports must be submitted electronically through the Institute of Competition Sciences’ web portal, noted on the Registration and Submission page of this website.
  • Project reports must be submitted by the Project Phase deadline noted in the program timeline.
  • Project reports must be submitted in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. Project reports must be no more than 25 pages long and must adhere to the sections and structure in the Project Guide.
  • Project evaluation is conducted by a committee of actuaries following a judging rubric.
  • All teams completing a full MTFC Project Report will receive an evaluation report detailing information from their scores and feedback.
  • Evaluation of the judging committee is final.
  • Between 10 and 20 teams will be selected by the MTFC Judging Committee as Finalists and brought to the Modeling the Future Symposium to present and compete for the final awards. The number of teams selected as finalists is dependent upon funding. Finalist teams will be notified via email on the date noted in the timeline page of this website that they have been selected to compete for the final awards. Exact dates and location for the Symposium will be noted in the timeline page of this website.
  • Finalist teams will receive financial support covering travel for up to 5 students,and 1 teacher/coach including economy class airfare and up to 4 hotel rooms for the duration of the Symposium. Symposium schedules, activities, and presentation details will be provided to finalist teams upon their announcement as finalists.

Symposium & Finalist Team Presentations

  • Finalist teams will be notified via email on the date noted in the timeline page of this website that they have been selected to compete for the final awards.
  • Finalist teams will receive financial support covering travel for up to 5 students,and 1 teacher/coach including economy class airfare and up to 4 hotel rooms for the duration of the Symposium.
  • Symposium schedules, activities, and presentation details will be provided to finalist teams upon their announcement as finalists.
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