SCUDEM Student Competition Using Differential Equations Modeling

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Student Competition Using
Differential Equations Modeling

SIMIODE is excited to announce a new program for high school and undergraduate students: Student Competition Using Differential Equation Modeling—SCUDEM. This competition is for three member teams of students at the undergraduate or lower level. SCUDEM takes place over a week-long period that begins on a Monday at each team’s individual home campus and culminates on Competition Saturday at a regional host site in the United States and beyond.

Teams will work at their home institution for a week developing approaches and solutions to a modeling scenario and preparing an Executive Summary and 10 minute Presentation. Scenarios are designed so that every team may experience success in modeling, enhance their model building skills, and increase their confidence in modeling with differential equations.

On Competition Saturday, teams will travel with their faculty coach to a regional host site. There, student teams will work on a small expansion of the modeling scenario (for example, effects of new assumptions, variables or changes in parameters) for inclusion in their final submissions while faculty will participate in faculty development experiences to help them incorporate more differential equations modeling in their coursework.

At noon, teams will turn in the final version of their Executive Summary which will be judged by coaches present. In the afternoon, each team will present their 10 minute Presentation, scored by an audience of coaches, faculty, and participating students. The competition culminates with an awards ceremony rounding out the day by 4:30 PM to allow time to travel home.

There is a $200 registration fee for team participation and faculty development workshop for faculty coach. If there is room for an additional team with coach the registration for the second team will be $100. Additional faculty, who are not coaching a team, may join workshop and judging activities at no cost. All can join SIMIODE and gain its benefits FREE.

Inaugural SCUDEM 2017 in Newburgh, New York

We hosted an inaugural SCUDEM, located at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh NY USA, on 14 October 2017 for schools within a two hour drive of Newburgh NY. For registered team members and coaches, problems were posted on Monday, 9 October 2017, followed by team work at home institution, with Competition Saturday on 14 October 2017.

Registration for the competition will began 15 August 2017. Coaches may register without listing team members. However, team names was due on 25 September 2017. Find out more about the inaugural SCUDEM.

SCUDEM 2018 at Various Locations

SCUDEM 2018 will be begin 16 April 2018 culminating with Competition Saturday on 21 April 2018. We shall be posting site locations as the number grows. Contact Brian Winkel, Director of SIMIODE, if you are interested in having a team compete or hosting SCUDEM at your school. We will be opening registration for this broader competition on 1 February 2018.


SIMIODE, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Cornwall, New York in the United States, was founded by DR Brian Winkel, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, United States Military Academy, West Point NY USA in Spring 2013.