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Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest

General Information

The Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest is sponsored each fall by the Mathematics Department at Virginia Tech. More than 200 colleges and universities throughout VA, DC, GA, IL, MD, NJ, NY, OH, NC, PA, SC, TN, WV and other states are invited to participate each year. Even if you do not receive an invitation, you are still welcome to take part!

This year's contest is on Saturday, October 22nd. You will need to fill out and sign the Institutional Registration form

Now approaching its 42nd year, the contest began in 1979 and has grown to the point where over 100 schools with over 700 contestants participate in a typical year. Contestants at each participating school take the two and one-half hour exam on their own campus under the supervision of one of their own faculty members. Individuals compete for

  • $950 in regional prizes for which any contestant is eligible, and 
  • $350 in local prizes for which only Virginia Tech students are eligible.

Initially conceived as a regional preliminary contest to the annual national William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition, the VTRMC still serves that function at a number of participating schools. Contest results are made available in time to modify your Putnam team composition, if desired.

Sorry no, even though the first degree may have little or no Mathematical content.

Yes, provided the student has no degree and is an undergraduate at a universtiy.

9a.m. local (Pacific) time.

We will try to accommodate such students. Approval for a change of time must be obtained from the contest director.

It takes place at your school.

  1. Arrange in advance for a suitable examination room and make available to the contestants an ample supply of 8.5'' × 11'' plain white paper.
  2. For each student, choose a word consisting of four alpha-numeric characters, the first two characters being the numeric code that I will give you for your institution.
    For example if you have three students and your institution code is 23, then you could use the words 2345, 23Ab, 23X5. Use this word to fill in the registration number on the individual registration form (a different! registration number for each student; also please use only alpha-numeric characters for the registration number).
    Also fill out the second password that I will give you (this is for the student's benefit). The registration number and password are case sensitive (this means that in theory there is a limit of (10 + 52)2 = 3844 students who can take the exam at your institution).
  3. Have the contestants fill out the Individual Registration Forms at about 8:45 a.m. and ask them to read carefully the instructions listed there.
  4. See that the contestants use no calculators, reference tables, etc. Only pencils (or pens) and plain paper are permitted.
  5. Start the contest at 9:00a.m. Allow exactly 2.5 hours working time and then take up the papers promptly.
  6. Package the individual registration forms and all work submitted for grading (but keep the problems sheet) as soon as possible and mail First Class (or Fedex/UPS 2 day) to:

Dr. Clayton Lungstrum, Chair 
Virginia Tech Regional Math Contest 
Department of Mathematics, 460 McBryde 
Virginia Tech 
Blacksburg, VA 24061-1026

We will not accept any packet of papers which is postmarked later than November 1, 2022. Thanks for your cooperation.

Even if you do not receive an invitation, you are still welcome to take part; you will need to fill out and sign the Institutional Registration form.