SCUDEM III 2018 Host Invite

SCUDEM III 2018 Host Invite

We invite you to become a local site school host for SCUDEM III 2018 to be held on Saturday, 27 October 2018.

SIMIODE, Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations, announces this exciting program for undergraduate or lower students and faculty: SIMIODE Challenge Using Differential Equation Modeling (SCUDEM).

We seek regional host sites and local coordinators for the SCUDEM III 2018 challenge to be held on Saturday, 27 October 2018,  8:30 AM–4:30 PM, at locations around the United States and beyond. While students are working on an additional issue for their modeling projects at the local site, faculty engage in a meaningful Faculty Development program on using modeling in their courses.

All teams have a $100 US Registration Fee.  Host sites receive a stipend of half the registration fees, including all their own teams' fees, when the challenge is held at that local site.  In the event of consolidation of sites the original host site full fee will be applied to the consolidating host site. However, in the event the local site decides to "stay at home"  and do SCUDEM III 2018 locally then half their registration fee will be returned to them. Due to the rich mix of interested faculty and students larger gatherings are encouraged over smaller or singleton events.

Local sites are expected to provide meeting, presentation, workshop spaces and guest internet connectivity, and modest refreshments of coffee, tea, just, and goodies upon morning arrival. However, all participants are expected to pay for their own lunch in the instituition's dining facilities.

We provide information about the challenge and responsibilities involved in serving as a regional host site. This is in our SCUDEM III 2018 Local Site Host Coordinator Guide Book. We sincerely hope you consider hosting SCUDEM III 2018 on your campus for this enriching and rewarding experience and help us further our goal of bringing differential equations modeling experiences to campuses across the country.


The student challenge, SCUDEM III 2018, begins with registration which opens on 1 August 2018 and the challenge takes place over a week-long period that begins at each team’s individual home campus and culminates on Saturday, 27 October 2018, at a regional host site. Beginning on Friday, 19 October 2018, student teams access three modeling scenarios involving differential equations, posted at our SIMIODE website. These teams work at their home institution, developing approaches and solutions to their chosen modeling scenario.

The scenarios are designed so that every team may experience success in modeling, building their skills and confidence in differential equations.  We post all SCUDEM problems from previous competitions as well as all student submissions online at

Each team prepares an Executive Summary and Presentation to bring to the regional host site on Challenge Saturday, 27 October 2018. There, student teams work on a small modification of the modeling scenario they have selected (for example, effects of new assumptions, variables or changes in parameters) for inclusion in their final submissions. Students are NOT to redo their model, rather they are to indicate how their model might reflect this new issue and what response they believe mighit occur due to this issue.

As a regional host site, you host teams of three students each (undergraduate level or lower) as well as faculty coaches and other faculty attendees on your campus on Challenge Saturday, 27 October 2018, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

In the morning and afternoon (one hour each) faculty participate in Faculty Development experiences to help them incorporate more modeling in their courses.  SIMIODE provides complete, ready-to-go, and scripted materials which can be modified for a successful Faculty Development workshop.

At registration students submit ten paper copies of their two page Executive Summary for faculty judging in the morning. Student teams address an additional issue to their problem as they refine and practice their Presentation, adding additional details, but NOT redoing their model.

Upon completion of faculty judging of Executive Summaries and student completion of the additional issue in their model all gather and engage in a real-time modeling scenario. This is followed by a discussion of using modeling in teaching and learning differential equations and an overview of SIMIODE's rich resources to support this approach. 

At noon, students turn in the final electronic version of their Presentation to be judged by coaches, students, and faculty present, later in the afternoon. Immediately after lunch faculty resume their Faculty Development program in which deeper issues surrounding the use of modeling in differential equations courses are discussed while students participate in a fun MathBowl contest.

During the afternoon session beginning at 2:00 PM, each team, in one of several tracks of four teams, give a 10 minute Presentation, which benefits from audience feedback and is scored by coaches, faculty, and participating students.

The challenge culminates with an awards ceremony rounding out the day by 4:30 PM to allow time to travel home. Awards for the modeling problem are at the Outstanding, Meritorious, and Successful levels and all teams receive one of these awards. Individual awards for first, second, and third place in the student MathBowl are also given out.


Local site coordinators are responsible for arranging the logistics of the challenge on their campus, including reserving spaces, lunch at food service, guest Wi-Fi access, and assistants for registration and duties of the day. The host campus is expected to provide

  • Adequate small, private work areas for three person teams (classrooms or conference rooms);
  • Common meeting room for opening and closing ceremonies for 50 team members and coaches and for morning Faculty Devlepment session with students in modeling activity;
  • Additional common meeting rooms for 25-30 attendees for several tracks of Presentations;
  • Meeting room or classroom for 12-25 faculty coaches and other faculty attendees for afternoon Faculty Development Program;
  • Lunch facilities (campus dining facility) for participants to purchase lunch on their own; and
  • Guest Wi-Fi access for teams and coaches.

We have prepared a detailed SCUDEM III 2018 Local Site Host Coordinator Guide Book in which we attempt to address all issues and concerns for local site host coordinators.


  • Collect registration forms and fees online from the schools ($100 per school for all schools) beginning at least 12 weeks prior to the event.
  • Return to local site host coordinator one half the registration fees from participating teams at the site.
  • Promote and advertise the event broadly in conjunction with local contact efforts;
  • Coordinate and work with host sites to invite colleges and universities in the region;
  • Provide all materials for the challenge - problems, forms, workshop materials, MathBowl.
  • Offer complete, ready-to-go, and scripted materials which can be modified if desired for a successful Faculty Development workshop.
  • Invite selected, quality team efforts for publication as Modeling Scenarios at SIMIODE.


We have created a Local Site Host Coordinator Guide Book to give an overview and a complete description of activities and responsibilities for serving as a Local Site Host Coordinator. It is based on effective and efficient activities for success and lessons learned from SCUDEM I 2017 and SCUDEM II 2018.


We sincerely hope you will take part in this exciting initiative that brings students and colleagues to your campus and allows you to showcase your mathematics programs. We have found that a number of high schools and community colleges are offering differential equations courses and support student engagement in such competions. Hosting institutions are encouraged to invite non-participating students and faculty to attend the day's events: Faculty Development Workshop as appropriate, team presentations, the MathBowl, and the award ceremony.

If you are interested or have further questions, please contact ud directly at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 1 August 2018. We will be designating host sites regionally on a first come, first served basis. Interest is high among those who hear about SCUDEM, especially among those colleagues who have participated in SCUDEM, so do not wait too long.

We have successfully offered SCUDEM I 2017 in October 2017 and SCUDEM II 2018 in April 2018 and have placed complete results including statements of all challenge problems, supplemental issues for these problems, student response materials, MathBowl materials, and Faculty Development Workshop materials at the site SCUDEM II 2018 Competiton Results

Also included are impressive and convincing videos about SCUDEM and student experiences from one host sites Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh NY for SCUDEM I 2017 and Springfield College, Springfield MA for SCUDEM II 2018.

SCUDEM is sponsored by SIMIODE, Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. You can learn more about SCUDEM at and about SIMIODE at where we offer a community in which students and colleagues can learn/teach, communicate, collaborate, peer review publish, and explore topics in differential equations modeling. SIMIODE resources are entirely FREE.

We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any quesitons do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you.

Brian Winkel, Director SIMIODE
Emeritus Professor Mathematics, United States Military Academy, West Point NY USA
Founding Editor of PRIMUS—Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies