Olympiad Event Details & Guidelines

(*Formerly The Colorado Mathematical Olympiad)

The Soifer Mathematical Olympiad is a TWO FRIDAY event. The competition is held the fourth Friday of every April, with the award ceremony held the following Friday.

Prize winners must be present to win.

The events are held at, and co-sponsored by The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)

2018 CMO Dates and Times:

Friday, April 27, 2018:

Check-in/Registration –
8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., in Berger Hall

Competition –
begins promptly at 9:00 a.m., and ends at 1:00 p.m., in the Gallogly Event Center

Friday, May 4, 2018:

Awards Ceremony – 2:00 p.m. in Berger Hall*

*Prize winners must be present to win.


If you need further information on the Olympiad contact:
Valerie Quarles, CMO Coordinator, vquarles@uccs.edu, (719) 255-3007

The Soifer Mathematical Olympiad is open to all students from elementary through high school.

Online Registration opens the second week of January

1.     Competition times:

On-site Registration and Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.

Competition begins PROMPTLY at 9:00 a.m.  If you or your group are late, you will be allowed to participate, but no extended deadlines will be given.

Competition ends at 1:00 p.m. 

Check-Out (after student completes test) is required.

2.     Awards Ceremony agenda:

Awards ceremony will take place the Friday following the competition date each year.

Award start time is 2:00pm. There will be:

Solutions Review
Guest Speakers
Charge to Olympians
Award Presentations
Reception  hosted by Alexander Soifer

*Scholarship recipients must be present to accept their award or the prize is forfeit.

3.     Competition Information:

  • The SMO is an individual competition.
  • The SMO is open to all middle and high school students
  • The SMO is an essay-type competition consisting of (5) problems. Please “Like” us – Go to our Facebook page for practice problems here: https://www.facebook.com/SoiferMathOlympiad
  • Students may bring: food, calculators, compasses and/or straight edge rulers
  • UCCS will provide: graphing paper, pencils and scratch paper

Schools, guardians, and parents are to provide their students with a designated meeting location and time for participants leaving before 1 p.m. Students are otherwise to remain in Berger Hall until departing.

Please note: Schools may provide transportation and resources, however they may not enter as a competitor or team. The SMO is an individual competition and all students must be registered individually.