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BrainFest – Mathematical Modeling Competition

February 16 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

The UMW Mathematics Department invites any interested high school juniors or seniors to participate and compete (for FREE) in UMW’s second annual mathematical modeling competition called BrainFest that will take place on Friday, February 16th, 10 AM – 3 PM.

For BrainFest, the contestants will work in small teams led by UMW’s own math majors to model pterosaur hunting behaviors.  A team of Montana Western’s Mathematics professors will be present to pose questions and to offer guidance throughout the process.  Lunch will also be provided free of charge.

BrainFest will provide the participants an opportunity to dive into an immersive, hands-on, problem-solving, mathematical experience – which is just a taste of what we do every block here in the math department at Montana Western.  The competition will conclude with presentations, and the competitor(s) with the most effective model(s) will receive a $500 scholarship to Montana Western.

If the students are interested in…

  • Problem solving,
  • Mathematics and/or natural sciences,
  • Asking questions and then learning how to design a project to answer those questions,
  • Working with peers, math major mentors, and/or math professors,
  • Making connections,
  • Seeing what a math class looks like on the block schedule,

… then we would highly encourage them to sign-up for BrainFest! Space is limited, so please encourage them to reserve a spot today by clicking HERE.

If you would like more information, you can contact the following:

Liz Wright @ [email protected] (BrainFest Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Developmental Mathematics)

Joseph Eason @ [email protected] (Mathematics Department Chair)

We look forward to meeting and working with you at BrainFest!

-UMW Mathematics Department


February 16, 2024
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Event Category:
UMW Math Department


Liz Wright