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  • Team camaraderie — students who participate in SCUDEM and COMAP's MCM/ICM say modeling in teams was the best undergraduate experience they have had
  • Meet students from other schools — share your SCUDEM experience with others passionate about applying mathematics
  • Experience for graduate school or resume — develop work similar to higher level research or an industrial project
  • Gain insight to different applications of differential equations — these aren't your textbook problems

General Comments

SCUDEM VI 2021 Challenge Period begins on 23 October 2021 and ends on 14 November 2021.

Beginning one minute after midnight EDT, Saturday 23 October 2021, teams can access three Challenge Problems or modeling scenarios involving differential equations in – physics/engineering, chemistry/life sciences, or social sciences/humanities. Teams select one problem and develop modeling approaches and solutions with an understanding of limitations to their model. The scenarios are designed so that every team can succeed in modeling, thus building skills and confidence in using differential equations.

We expect teams to coordinate and work together virtually and/or in person, especially since many teams have members in different geographical areas. After everyone has introduced themselves, the first thing to do is to decide which of the three Challenge Problems on which the team will focus.

After the challenge begins, you may not receive help from living beings, including your coach. So, we encourage you to meet with your coach and get their advice about modeling, presentation skills, or other aspects of the challenge prior to 23 October 2021.

Each team prepares a 10-minute video presentation on their work and uploads their team video in Unlisted mode to YouTube by 11:59 pm EST on Sunday 14 November 2021. One team member should use the Google Submission Form to officially send the YouTube URL to SCUDEM officials to complete your team's SCUDEM submission. The Submission form link will be provided here and also on the Overview page.

Judging begins on 20 November 2021. Judges will provide scores and constructive feedback on submissions with final decisions expected by 5 December 2021. When judging is complete, all participants may remove the Unlisted designation on their videos. If your team receives an Outstanding Award we will place your video on the SIMIODE YouTube playlist for public viewing. Participation by students implies agreement to that principle.

All teams and coaches must abide by the Official Rules for SCUDEM VI 2021.

Student Support Materials

While these materials are from SCUDEM 2020, they continue to be relevant to SCUDEM 2021.

  • Modeling Guide for Student and Coach — a student perspective on modeling process, especially as it relates to SCUDEM.
  • Useful Resources — good video or voice over PowerPoint information, OverLeaf (collaborative LaTeX), technical mathematics software.
  • Team Meeting Platforms — ideas for team meeting platforms. We recommend visiting websites for specifics before committing to one platform

Helpful Comments from SCUDEM Problem Author

We have posted complete problem statements and student submissions as Challenge Results from all the previous SCUDEM events, along with Commentary and Overview on the Problems from the problem author, Dr. Kelly Black, Department of Mathematics, University of Georgia, Athens GA USA.

These are very worthwhile reads, highlighting good practices in modeling and communicating results. These materials can be found under Challenge Results for each year at the Past SCUDEM Events wiki.

Created by Leigh Noble Last Modified Mon August 23, 2021 12:10 am by Leigh Noble


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