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Mathematics Competition

Mathematics major Ryan Oostland collaborates with his professor on research.

Mathematics major Ryan Oostland ’20 collaborated with Dr. Stephen Harnish, professor of mathematics, on a research project through the XSEDE EMPOWER Program.
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High School Mathematics competition

saturday, nov. 5, 2022 (tentative)
  • Unfortunately, because of COVID social-distancing requirements, there will be no competition in 2021.

The mathematics department has held an annual Mathematics Competition — with cash prizes, scholarship eligibility and bragging rights on the line — for high school students since 2002. The contest is open to any high school student.

In 2019, the contest brought 62 high school students (and about 20 parents and teachers) to Bluffton's campus—from distances ranging from just a few blocks to over 100 miles.

Scholarship offers from each competition will be extended by the following January.

Cash prizes
  • $40 each to top two scores overall
  • $20 and $15 to first and second seniors
  • $20 and $15 to first and second juniors
  • $20 to the top sophomore
  • $20 to the top first-year student
  • $15 to the second place sophomore or first year
  • $10 each to all other students in the top 15 

Note: Award amounts are not added together. If, for example, a senior has the top score overall, then she or he will receive $40, and the second place senior will receive $15 (unless he or she had the second-place score overall).

In addition to the cash prizes, $500 and $1,000 Bluffton University scholarships (renewable for four years) will be offered to seniors with high contest scores. Scholarship offers from each competition will be extended by the following January. 

Additional scholarships and grants, including the Natural & Applied Sciences Scholarship are described at www.bluffton.edu/admissions/financialaid/scholarships/.


9 a.m. Registration and refreshments
Stutzman Lecture Hall (main floor of Centennial Hall)
9:30 a.m. 


9:40 a.m.              Admissions presentations

10 a.m.

Competition (students)
Discussion (teachers and parents)
11 a.m. Break

11:10 a.m. Mathematics presentation 
Stutzman Lecture Hall 

Noon Lunch - cash prizes awarded

After lunch   (Optional) Campus tours provided for students, parents and teachers

Contact Darryl Nester (nesterd@bluffton.edu or 419-358-3483) in advance to schedule a campus tour.




Note that there is no charge for this event; everything (including lunch) is free.

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Registration deadline to be determined. To register or request more information, contact Darryl Nester via e-mail or telephone (419-358-3483), or fill out the online registration form below.

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