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OFFICIAL RULES

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE GRAND PRIZE

REGISTRATION

DUES AND FEES

FACULTY MENTOR'S DUTIES

CHALLENGE PROBLEM FORMAT

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES STATEMENT

DISASTER CIRCUMSTANCE

SCORING AND RESULTS

INDIVIDUAL/TEAM STUDENT(S) PRIZES

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY

Two-year colleges may enter either an individual student or a team of two students. 

Two-year colleges may enter one or more individual/team
student(s)
.  Each student is eligible to compete if s/he has not earned a two-year degree (or higher) or if s/he has not achieved junior standing (or higher) at a four-year institution.  Part-time students are eligible.  The SRL Coordinator or AMATYC President shall approve eligibility.

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE GRAND PRIZE

In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements each individual/team student(s) must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) of college course work by the end of the Challenge Problem period, including courses in progress at the time of the Challenge Problem period which are completed successfully.

Students enrolled in a four-year institution or in high school at the time of the competition are NOT eligible for the grand prize, nor are previous recipients of the grand prize.  Official transcripts and a letter signed by the student(s) and local Faculty Mentor certifying eligibility will be required in order to award the grand prize.

 

REGISTRATION

To register, Faculty Mentors should visit the AMATYC website at www.amatyc.org. All registrations will be handled electronically. Once all fields are completed and transmitted successfully, your registration will be confirmed by an acknowledgement email from the AMATYC Office. If you register and do not receive an acknowledgement confirmation, you will need to contact the AMATYC Office to be sure your form was transmitted correctly. Registration begins January 1st. Registrations are due by March 15th for that competition year.

 

DUES AND FEES

The annual dues are $35 per college and must be received by AMATYC no later than March 15th.  This money is used for prizes and for printing/mailing expenses.  All registration will be handled electronically.  Registration begins January 1st. 

Institutional members as of March 15th who have first time SRL individual/team student(s), or institutions that have had a lapse in participation of four years or more may have a complimentary SRL registration.

 

FACULTY MENTOR'S DUTIES

The Faculty Mentor will be responsible for the eligibility of each individual/team student(s).  The Faculty Mentor at each college is responsible for the proper administration of the SRL policy.

The Challenge Problem will arrive by email to the Faculty Mentor named the day prior to the contest.  The Faculty Mentor shall provide the Challenge Problem to the individual/team(s) during the first day of the Challenge Problem period.

The individual/team student(s) will have an assigned Challenge Problem period to complete their Thesis Defense and must submit their SRL five components not to exceed 15 pages (single spaced, 1" borders, 11 point, Arial font) electronically to the SRL Coordinator srl@amatyc.org, and their Faculty Mentor by the last day of the assigned Challenge Problem period midnight their time zone (partial Thesis Defense will be accepted). 

The level of the competition is Precalculus mathematics or higher. Individual/team student(s) will not be able to compete in the competition without access to digital technology.

The Faculty Mentor will be asked to submit a small SRL Evaluation and recommend a Challenge Problem "TOPIC" each year for future SRL consideration by April 15th.

 

CHALLENGE PROBLEM FORMAT

1. Challenge Problem

The Challenge Problem component is an open-ended STEM problem and is at the center of the SRL.  The Challenge Problems will be selected to allow multiple approaches and to take advantage of the full range of student creativity.  Each Challenge Problem will have a scope that admits numerous links with two-year college mathematics.  Sources of the Challenge Problems include fields in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and education, but are not limited to them.

2. Problem Research

The Problem Research component will use the Internet as its main investigative avenue for gathering digital information.  Investigative forms from other sources i.e. individual information are encouraged to solve the Challenge Problem.  Each Challenge will be designed to involve the individual/team student(s) in an Internet search to understand the Challenge Problem, collect data on the Challenge Problem, and determine its mathematical characteristics.  All forms of Problem Research are needed to support the following elements: scientific inquiry, experiential learning, and understanding the Challenge Problem, proposing hypotheses, testing hypotheses, and stating the results.

3. Job/Career Research

The Job/Career Research component is the workforce investigative avenue for gathering background information about STEM occupations.  During the Problem Research about the Challenge Problem, individual/team student(s) will encounter creative and brilliant work that has been done by many people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics occupations.  Individual/team student(s) will be required to research two STEM individuals who are tied to the field or theme of the Challenge Problem and develop a Case Study showing how these STEM individuals used mathematics in their work on the Challenge Problem.  Each Case Study will use Inquiry-based learning and include the following Job/Career information about the individual occupation: Identify Job/Career, Job Academic Background, Job Environment, Job Average Yearly Pay, Job/Career Outlook, and Similar Jobs/Careers.

4. Mathematics Tools

The Mathematics Tools component is the main vehicle that will be used throughout the process of modeling a Challenge Problem.  Individual/team student(s) will be required to select the Mathematics Tools that best fit the Challenge Problem and use them to understand the problem, create a mathematical model that approximates the data collected, and design a potential solution that can be defended in the individual/team student(s) Thesis Defense.

5. Thesis Defense

Each Challenge Problem is designed to give the individual/team student(s) an opportunity to organize what they have learned and express their results in the form of a Thesis Defense.  The Thesis Defense is an organized, coherent synthesis of information based on the Challenge Problem, Problem Research, Job/Career Research, and Mathematics Tools.  The Thesis Defense will use experiential learning and include data collected with reference citations, a mathematical model with a discussion of the mathematical tools used and the rationale for the chosen model, implications and predictions, the design of a possible solution to the Challenge Problem, and recommendations for further research.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Academic Integrity is a serious matter within the SRL Challenge.  Infractions include, but not limited to, copying the work of individual(s) or oral interviews without proper recognition in the Thesis Defense Reference Citation Section and Thesis Defense is written by anyone other than the individual/team student(s).  An individual/team student(s) may seek counsel from the team's Faculty Mentor regarding SRL Policy, but not seek information about the Challenge Problem solution.  If it is found that an individual/team student(s) has violated the Academic Integrity of the SRL Challenge, their Thesis Defense will not be reviewed and those student(s) will not be allowed to participate in future SRL Challenges.

 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES STATEMENT

The administration of the SRL challenge shall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Any accommodation will be in accordance with the procedures used on the campus where the challenge is administered.

 

DISASTER CIRCUMSTANCE

Because the SRL Challenge Problem doesn't require campus activity, campus disaster circumstances will normally not interfere with the solution of the Challenge Problem.  If a disaster circumstance does occur and the individual/team student(s) is unable to complete the Challenge Problem due to the disaster then AMATYC SRL will refund their registration fee with proof of circumstances.

 

SCORING AND RESULTS

The SRL Thesis Defense Coordinator will verify and summarize the overall results.  The results of the year's competition are final once printed and distributed.

 

INDIVIDUAL/TEAM STUDENT(S) PRIZES

The grand prize for the qualified individual student is $750 and for the qualified team is $1,500 to be shared equally and to be used to continue his or her education at an accredited four-year institution.  In the case of a tie for the grand prize, the scholarship will be evenly divided.  Additional prizes, plaques, and certificates will be awarded depending on the number of participating individual/team student(s).  All prizes, plaques, and certificates are sponsored by AMATYC.

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