Saturday, 13 October 2018

Simon Marais Mathematics Competition 2018

Simon Marais Mathematics Competition is a competition for undergraduates in the Asia-Pacific region; it is inspired by the ​William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.

Who was Simon Marais?​
Dr Simon Marais was a South African-born physicist who became a prominent contrarian asset manager in South Africa and later Australia. He maintained a life-long passionate interest in mathematics and mathematical problem solving after completing a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University in 1991. Dr Marais passed away on 26 February 2015, after battling metastatic cancer that had been discovered five months earlier. ​

Competition Date: 13 October 2018 (Saturday)

The prizes are attractive, with cash about AUD100,000 in total, and additional corporate prizes & internship opportunities available to some entrants.

Individual prizes:
First: A$5,000
Second: A$3,500
Third: A$1,500
Fourth to Tenth: A$1,000 each

Pairs prizes:
First: A$10,000
Second: A$7,000
Third: A$3,000
Fourth to Tenth: A$2,000 each

University prizes:
First: A$20,000
Second: A$15,000
Third: A$10,000

​Australia-wide prizes:
Best individual entry: A$1,500
Best pairs entry: A$3,000

Last year, 530+ students from 33 Universities participated in the inaugural Simon Marais Mathematics Competition. Quite a number of top prizes were won by undergraduate students from NUS and NTU. The winners are found here, and the problems and solutions here.

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