64th Annual Merten Hasse Mathematics Contest 

The Department of Mathematical Sciences annually hosts the Merten Hasse Math Competition for area junior high and high school students. Schools earn points for each student who places in the top eight of the division exams.

Registration

Fee: $4 (individual student), mailed to organizers or given to organizers on the day of competition

The team competition has no registration fee, but the number of teams competing must be included in registration. Each team must consist of either three or four students.

Mailing Address:

Merten Hasse Mathematics Competition
Teresa Chasing Hawk
Department of Mathematical Sciences
The University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD 57069

Event Information

Awards

Individual competition: Recognition certificates will be awarded on four levels - superior, outstanding, excellent and honorable mention. Large schools and small schools will compete separately within divisions I, II, III and IV, but will compete together in Division V, Calculus. Long-sleeve tee shirts will be given to first-place winners of each category and division. Short-sleeve tee shirts will be given to the second-place winners of each category and division.

School Competition: Each school earns points for their recognized students from the individual competition, with large and small schools competing separately. These points will give your school the opportunity to be awarded a plaque for first or second-place in the Merten Hasse Mathematics Competition.

Scholarships

Up to two tuition scholarships to the University of South Dakota may be awarded. These scholarships will be given to the two highest-ranking seniors, with one senior each from large schools and small schools. All seniors are required to fill out the scholarship form in order to be eligible for a scholarship. While we would like the scholarship winners to be mathematics majors, declaring mathematics as a major is not a requirement to receive a scholarship.

In addition to seniors being awarded these scholarships for the upcoming fall semester, the highest-ranking freshmen, sophomores and juniors may also be awarded scholarships. However, instead of these being given immediately, your information will be stored in our files. This way, you can accumulate additional scholarships in following years. When you are ready to attend the University of South Dakota as an incoming freshman, you will then receive the accumulated tuition scholarships.

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School Sizes

Final classification for borderline cases will be given at registration.

High Schools

  • Large schools: Total enrollment in grades 10, 11 and 12 of more than 200 students.
  • Small schools: Total enrollment in grades 10, 11 and 12 of fewer than 200 students

Junior High/Middle Schools

  • Large schools: Total enrollment of more than 80 students in 9th grade
  • Small schools: Total enrollment of fewer than 80 students in 9th grade

6th-8th Grade

  • Large schools: Total enrollment of more than 80 students in 8th grade
  • Small schools: Total enrollment of fewer than 80 students in 8th grade

Exams

The competition consists of five division exams. You may participate in only one division test and will have up to one hour to complete the test. Bring two regular No. 2 pencils and a calculator.

Division I, First-Year Algebra

Open to students in grades 6-12 who are not currently enrolled in or have not previously taken a geometry or second-year algebra course.

Division II, Geometry

Open to students in grades 6-12 who are not currently enrolled in or have not previously taken a pre-calculus or senior math course.

Division III, Second-Year Algebra

Open to students in grades 6-12 who are not currently enrolled in or have not previously taken a pre-calculus or senior math course.

Division IV, Pre-calculus

Open to students in grades 6-12 who are not currently enrolled in or have not previously taken a calculus course.

Division V, Calculus

Open to any small or large school students in grades 6-12 who are currently enrolled in or have previously taken a calculus course.