Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest

General Information

The Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest is sponsored each fall by the Mathematics Department at Virginia Tech. More than 200 colleges and universities throughout VA, DC, GA, IL, MD, NJ, NY, OH, NC, PA, SC, TN, WV and other states are invited to participate each year. Even if you do not receive an invitation, you are still welcome to take part; you will need to fill out and sign the registration form, as indicated in the Invitation Letter

Now approaching its 42nd year, the contest began in 1979 and has grown to the point where over 100 schools with over 700 contestants participate in a typical year. Contestants at each participating school take the two and one-half hour exam on their own campus under the supervision of one of their own faculty members. Individuals compete for $950 in regional prizes for which any contestant is eligible, and $350 in local prizes for which only Virginia Tech students are eligible.

Initially conceived as a regional preliminary contest to the annual national William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition, the VTRMC still serves that function at a number of participating schools. Contest results are made available in time to modify your Putnam team composition, if desired.

Currently, the contest is directed by Prof. Peter Linnell. The founding director was Prof. John Layman (now emeritus, and unfortunately now deceased), who directed the contest from 1979 to 1991, and then Prof. Jong Kim took over from 1992 to 1999.

Read more about VTRMC in Math Horizons.

Sometimes announcements will be made in the Sci.Math newsgroup

The contact person for the VTRMC is Prof. Peter Linnell.

LATE BREAKING NEWS Last updated Sun Sep 6 23:30:18 EDT 2020
Sunday, September 6, 2020
VTRMC is being postponed, maybe the 42nd Contest will take place next Spring (2021).

Invitation html, pdf
Institutional Registration html, pdf
Individual registration on exam day html, pdf
Instructions on exam day html, pdf
Past Exams html, pdf (thanks to Alec Mihailovs and Harold Reiter for providing copies of some of the past exams)
Solutions 1987-2019 html, pdf We plan to have solutions for all years; be patient!
Results and Prizes
Virginia Tech Students: registration and further information
Putnam Information for Virginia Tech Students which takes place on February 20, 2021.

Frequently asked questions