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Information and Details

The Awards Reception for the David Essner Mathematics Competition XXXVIII, held in honor of the top student performances, will take place at 7pm, Thursday November 15, 2018 at The Launch Pad (formerly Wesley Center & CAS Gallery) in the Wesley Foundation Building at the University of Miami, 1210 Stanford Drive. The top five students will receive plaques and cash awards, and all invited students will receive a certificate and math book award. 


Each winner with two guests and their supervisor (or substitute) with one guest are invited to attend.  Winning students and their supervisors should RSVP by November 12 to or to 

Parking is available on the street or in the Pavia Garage on the block behind the Wesley Foundation Building.

Important Dates

October 5, 2018: Deadline for list of Participating Students
October 20, 2018: Essner Competition
November 15, 2018: Awards Ceremony

The Competition

The Competition is a 3 hour written exam consisting of a handful of problems whose solutions require creative mathematical thought. Solutions are evaluated on clarity of presentation and logical arguments as well as correctness of the final answer. A correct answer without coherent justification may receive a low evaluation.

The exam does not require calculus and may be solved using ideas that an honors student with experience in high school honors algebra and pre-calculus should have encountered. Refer to the Final Exams in the Past Exams link above for examples. The use of calculators or other such assistance tools is not permitted.


The competition is open to all secondary schools, public and private, in Miami-Dade County. Each participating school must select a Supervisor (such as a mathematics teacher) who determines the participating students from their school, and acts as a liason between these participating students and the Competition Administrators.

The Essner Competition Administrators

Dr. Paul McDougle, Dr. Subramanian Ramakrishnan, Dr. Kenneth Baker, and Dr. Morgan Brown

Contact Information

The David Essner Mathematics Competition 
Department of Mathematics, University of Miami 
1365 Memorial Drive, Ungar 515 
Coral Gables, FL 33146