- Linfield College
Department of Mathematics

Mathematical Contests

COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM)

MCM is a contest where teams of undergraduates use mathematical modeling to present solutions to real world problems. This contest takes place in the winter, and students planning to participate should enroll in the 1 credit  spring semester course -  MATH 280: Math Modeling Experience. Every year, teams of students from Linfield have participated in this competition, and a number of our teams have received awards for this competition.


Kryptos is a cryptanalysis (breaking codes and ciphers) contest for undergraduates held in the middle of April every year. For this contest, students work in small groups over a single weekend to unscramble a series of secret messages posted online by the Kryptos hosts.  Teams are ranked at the end of the weekend based on how many challenges they solve and how quickly they do so. Students interested in participating in Kryptos should contact Professor Millichap.

Putnam Exam

The William Lowell Putnam Competition is a challenging mathematics competition for undergraduate students held every year. Information on this exam, along with registration dates and deadlines can be found here. Linfield students interested in participating in this exam should contact Professor Bricher, our Putnam organizer.