Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest

Author: Judy Hygema

Notre Dame Mathematics Honors students, Yuxin Lin and Ting Gong, placed in the top 20 in this year's VT Math contest.

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.

Now approaching its 40th 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 $800 in regional prizes for which any contestant is eligible, and $300 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.

Currently, the contest is directed by Prof. Peter Linnell. The founding director was Prof. John Layman (now emeritus, and unfortunately now deceased), who directed the contest from 1979 to 1991, and then Prof. Jong Kim took over from 1992 to 1999.

Read more about VTRMC in Math Horizons.