Hampden-Sydney’s first foray into the prestigious COMAP Mathematical Competition in Modeling was an unqualified success. All three teams did an outstanding job in the contest, and will receive certificates from COMAP recognizing their work. Team Beta did especially well, with team members Cameron Auker, Nathan Parr, and Doug Vermilya earning a coveted “Meritorious” award for their paper “A Simple Approach to Geographical Modeling: The Circle-Decay Overlay Model“. The Meritorious designation places Team Beta in the top 20% of all 2,254 teams that participated in the contest, alongside teams from schools such as Harvard, Duke, MIT, Cornell, and the U.S. Military Academy. As a result of this designation, Team Beta has been invited to give a talk on their solution at the next meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) next weekend at Virginia State University. In addition, H-SC’s Team Alpha – Matthew Carrington, Miguel Mogollon, and Tian Shihao – earned an “Honorable Mention” for their paper “Give Me a Bat, and I’ll Give You the Sweet Spot“, putting them in the top 44% of all teams.
These are truly outstanding results. With little more than a month of preparation, our teams more than held their own against schools like Davidson College, Colby College, Shippensburg University, not to mention some big-name schools like MIT and UC Berkeley. All the men who participated deserve credit for laying the foundation for what I hope will be a long and successful tradition at H-SC! If you see them, be sure to congratulate them on a job well-done!