A team consisting of MSUM students Shouvik Bhattacharya, double major in mathematics and physics; Murshid Saqlain, physics major and mathematics minor; and Pragalv Karki, physics major and mathematics minor received Honorable Mention in the 2012 Mathematical Contest in Modeling organized by COMAP.

The contest engaged 3,697 teams from 16 countries: Canada, China, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, Malaysia, Palestine, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and US.

Our students worked out the solution for sending an optimal number of trips for river rafting, that ensures no contact with other groups of boats and team members will have the best opportunity to enjoy the wilderness. Their solution made use of graph theory and combinatorics. Dr. Damiano Fulghesu supervised the team’s registration and the submission of their solutions.