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San Diego Honors Math Contest

The Honors Mathematics Contest is a San Diego tradition dating back to 1948. It is co-sponsored the UC San Diego Division of Physical Sciences and the UC San Diego Department of Mathematics.

The purpose of the contest is to provide recognition and encouragement to mathematically-talented high school students. Each year it attracts hundreds of students from more than 20 high schools throughout the county (and beyond) to participate in a two-part mathematics competition held on the UC San Diego campus in late April.

Students compete for both team and individual awards that are presented at a banquet dinner held at the Faculty Club ten days after the competition. The contest continues a tradition that promotes good relations between UC San Diego and local high schools, teachers, and students.

The contest is administered in two 90-minute parts. Part I consists of 25 multiple choice problems. Part II consists of 4 long-answer problems.

The 2017 Honors Math Contest will be held on Saturday, April 22. Part I begins promptly at 8:30am, in Peterson Hall on the UC San Diego campus. Registration opens at 7:45am, and close at 8:20am. You must first register your team online.


Contest Rules


All contest participants and coaches are invited to the Awards Banquet, which will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 starting at 6:00p, at the UC San Diego Faculty Club. Please let the organizers know how many people from your team are planning to attend the banquet, by contacting Prof. Todd Kemp at tkemp@math.ucsd.edu, by Friday, April 28 at 4pm.

Previous Contests

The 2016 Honors Math Contest was held on Saturday, April 18, 2016. Here is the contest, along with solutions.

Part Problems Solutions
Part I HMC.2016.Part1.pdf HMC.2016.Part1.Solution.pdf
Part II HMC.2016.Part2.pdf HMC.2016.Part2.Solution.pdf


For any further information, please contact Prof. Todd Kemp at tkemp@math.ucsd.edu.