Cumberland Valley
Math Modeling Challenge
Shippensburg University
September 23-24, 2017
Contest Organizer:
Ben Galluzzo
(717) 477-1468
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is the CVMMC?
The Cumberland Valley Math Modeling Challenge (CVMMC) is a regional modeling contest for undergraduate students.  In 2008, the University of Iowa hosted the first such regional contest, (called the Midwest Mathematical Modeling Competition, or MMMC), which involved 13 teams from 5 different schools.  This year, in addition to the Shippensburg site, regional MMCs will also be held at a number of other institutions across the country.
How is the CVMMC different from the other modeling contests?
Feedback and interaction. The CVMMC is designed to provide students with multiple forms of immediate feedback on their solutions. Additionally as an on-site contest, student participants have the opportunity to interact with peers from other institutions as well as observe different solution approaches presented by other teams.  In brief, the CVMMC differs from other contests in the following ways:

1.      All student teams work on their solutions at a regional host site.

2.      Teams have only 24 hours to prepare a solution to one of the given problems.

3.      Each team prepares a brief oral presentation of their model and a one-page summary of their results.

4.      An advisory panel reviews and provides feedback for summaries; students peer-review the oral presentations.

Do I know enough math to answer the questions?
Yes. Teams of students from first-year through fourth-year with varying mathematical backgrounds have all successfully developed solutions. Please take a look at a few question sets and solutions from past contests as a gauge of question difficulty.
Question sets: MMMC08CVMMC09CVMMC10, CVMMC11, CVMMC12
Past CVMMC solutions (thanks teams!)
2008: Executive Summary 1,  2
2009: Executive Summary 1  Presentation 1
2010: Executive Summary 1, 2  Presentation 123
Who may participate and what exactly constitutes a team?
A CVMMC team consists of three undergraduate students.
Is there a registration fee?
Generous financial support from Shippensburg University, the Shippensburg University Math Department and the Shippensburg University SIAM chapter are all helping to defray the majority of the costs associated with running the CVMMC. However, we still have some (food related) expenses to cover. The CVMMC will ask each participant to pay a $25 registration fee ($75 / team).
Is there a limit on how many teams can a school enter?
Yes.  Due to space limitations we will (initially) impose a two team per school cap. More teams may be allowed to participate but this will not be determined until we have a better understanding of overall interest in the contest. Please respond with the number of teams you would like to bring (this number may be greater than 2) by September 14, 2017.
What will be provided?

Each team will be provided with

  • An independent workspace (a classroom)
  • One computer with internet access and Microsoft Office software.
  • Lots of food and drink.
Will sleeping arrangements be made for the student teams?
No. This is a 24-hour contest, students may bring items to make their room more comfortable but it is their decision how/if they choose to sleep.
What else should teams bring?
  • A computer (or computers) loaded with preferred modeling software and preferred word processing software
  • Reference materials (helpful textbooks, notes from past classes, etc.)
  • Lots of energy!
Is there a CVMMC flier?
Yes. You can find the CVMMC '17 flier here.
How do I register?
Take a look at the registration page. If you have any questions, please ask.
When and where do we find the problems?
The problems will be presented to all participants simultaneously at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 23rd.
Who are the judges?
Team advisors (primarily math faculty) will judge the abstracts.
Students will judge the presentations.
How long are the presentations expected to be?
10 minutes.
How long are the summaries expected to be?
No more than two pages of writing using single-spaced 12 point font - please note that this includes graphics. Teams are allowed to submit additional pages to list references as needed.
NOTE: This list is not complete, as questions are asked they will be added to this list.