Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Optional campus tour at 12:30 p.m.)
St. Ignatius Science Center, Rockhurst University

Registration deadline is Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

Register for Mathapalooza online.

Apply to be a Mathapalooza Fellow

For the first time, high school students have the opportunity to apply to be a Mathapalooza Fellow. One fellow will be chosen from the applicants, and the winner will receive a $250 cash award and their name inscribed on a Mathapalooza Fellow plaque in the Rockhurst math department. To apply, complete this application form, email your solution to this problem (PDF) to, and then be sure to participate in Mathapalooza 2015.

Fellow applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.

About Mathapalooza

Teams of high school (grades 9-12) and college students (first and second year) are invited to participate. There will be three different sessions (each lasting 35 minutes) in which teams of students will work on problems in mathematical areas they do not typically have an opportunity to explore. In addition, each team will be entered in to a raffle for fun math-related participation prizes.

The event is sponsored by Rockhurst University, Cerner, JE Dunn and PrepKC.

 Event Goals
  • To engage student participants in learning and applying new and interesting mathematics that they would not normally encounter in their classes.
  • To broaden students' understanding of mathematics and the different types of problems mathematics can help us solve.
  • To provide an opportunity for students to interact with our mathematics majors.
  • To expose students to some general topics they might see, and experiences they may have if they continued to study math in college.

High school teachers are invited to attend with their teams. If a teacher cannot accompany a team, each high school should send an adult chaperone for the opening and closing ceremonies.  

If capacity for the event is reached, we will ask each school to limit their participation to one or two teams as appropriate.

Career-jumping Session

Thanks to our partnership with PrepKC, Mathapalooza participants will also attend a career-jumping session (a sort of speed dating for careers) to learn about the exciting career possibilities that exist for math majors. Groups of four or five students will visit with professionals who work in math-related areas to talk to them about their careers.

Each group will spend approximately five minutes with each professional, rotating when a bell rings. Participants will also have the opportunity to talk to students in Rockhurst’s upper division math classes to learn more about studying math and math-related areas at the college level. We will have tables of these students interspersed with the professional tables during the career jumping event.

Career-jumping session groups should be made of up two to four students.


Contact Mairead Greene, Ph.D., department of mathematics and physics, at