Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is back!

Win $10,000 and a trip to Colorado.

Our 2018/19 winner Olivia Guo, along with fellow finalists Paul Scarr, Zaka Ahmed, and Jordan Baillie, pictured with Matt Parker and Simon Singh.
Our 2018/19 winner Olivia Guo, along with fellow finalists Paul Scarr, Zaka Ahmed, and Jordan Baillie, pictured with Matt Parker and Simon Singh.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is an annual international mathematics contest aimed at secondary school students, particularly sixth formers. It is organised by the American Mathematical Society in America and Good Thinking here in the UK. Last year, our UK winner, Olivia Guo beat more than 1,400 students from over 100 schools to take the UK title, and flew to Baltimore to take part in the Grand Final against the very best young mathematicians in North America. Although Olivia did not win the whole competition, she did well enough to earn a prize of $1,000.

The 2019/20 competition will be starting in September, with one UK contestant once again being flown to the US to compete in the Grand Final in Colorado.

We will be announcing more details of the competition in the next few weeks, so please email us at paoffice@ams.org to be added to our mailing list and to receive entry details as soon as they become available.

  • Round 1 will take place online between September 9th and 26th.
  • Round 2 will take place online between October 4th and 11th, and is open to high scoring students from Round 1.
  • 2 or more students with the highest score in Round 2 will earn the right to compete in the Round 3 play-off for a place in the Grand Final in America.
  • Round 3 will take the form of a solo test taken against the clock. It will be run at each student’s school by a member of staff from Good Thinking.
  • The winner and a guardian will be flown to the United States and provided with two nights of accommodation in Colorado.
  • There is a prize of $5,000 for the winner of the American Grand Final & $5,000 for their school.
  • There is no entry fee for schools or students who take part in  Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.
  • Rounds 1 and 2 of the contest take just 15 minutes, and are very quick and easy for teachers to administer.
  • Rounds 1 and 2 will be open to students of any age studying in the UK or at British schools overseas.
  • Although Rounds 1 and 2 are open to students of any age, only students born between September 1st, 2001 and August 31st, 2003 will be eligible to qualify for Round 3. Students in tertiary education are excluded.
  • Round 3 competitors must have lived continuously and studied continuously in the UK since January 1st, 2014.
  • Please email us at paoffice@ams.org to be added to our mailing list and to receive entry details as soon as they become available.