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Moody's Mega Math Challenge kicks off 10th anniversary; opens registration

The multi-state high school math modeling contest will award $125,000 in scholarships this spring

Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge, a hands-on learning experience and high school math modeling competition in its 10th year, opens team registration today. Teams from across the country will present real-world solutions for a chance to win a portion of $125,000 in scholarships this spring.

The competition, which challenges high schoolers to solve an applied problem through high-level mathematical models---with top teams required to present their papers to a panel of esteemed judges---has awarded nearly $1 million in scholarship money since its launch. This year's Challenge problem will be unknown until Challenge weekend on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2015.

"In its first year, the M3 Challenge was only available to New York City area students. A decade later, we've expanded to include teams from 45 states and Washington, D.C.," said M3 Challenge Project Director Michelle Montgomery. "As we embark on our 10th anniversary, we're invigorated by the contest's impact. We continue to stay in touch with thousands of past Challenge competitors, many of whom are pursuing high-level careers in STEM fields."

Past Challenge problems have raised complex questions about school lunch affordability, national plastic recycling solutions, and ways to improve the United States census count. This year's Challenge problem promises to surprise and intrigue the thousands of students who participate.

Interested students and coaches, including first time competitors and M3 veterans, have until Feb. 20, 2015 to form their teams and register at http://www.m3challenge.siam.org.


About the Sponsor

The Moody's Foundation, a charitable organization established by Moody's Corporation, is committed to supporting education, in particular the study of mathematics, finance and economics. The Foundation also funds specific initiatives in the areas of global economic development, microfinance, civic, health and human services as well as arts and cultural programs. The Foundation supports programs located in select metropolitan areas in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world.

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $3.0 billion in 2013, employs approximately 8,400 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 31 countries. Further information is available at http://www.moodys.com.

About the Organizer

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an international society of over 14,000 individual members, including applied and computational mathematicians and computer scientists, as well as other scientists and engineers. Members from 85 countries are researchers, educators, students, and practitioners in industry, government, laboratories, and academia. The Society, which also includes nearly 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 at http://www.siam.org.