Friday, March 1, 2017

To confirm your participation, please complete this form and submit it via e-mail by Friday, March 1, 2017 to Dr. Jun Liu (

Based on our rules, below competitions are due by March 22, 2017.

  • Mathematics Essay Contest
  • Dr. William White Award (one letter + personal statement)
  • Bridge Design and Construction (to confirm teams)


Competitions and Rules

2017 Final Program schedule is here.

Our invitation letter has been sent out on Dec 13, 2016.

Our second reminder email has been sent out on Feb 22, 2017.

Here is our latest Competitions and Rules.

Key change: Each nominated student is required to submit a personal statement to be considered for Dr. William White Award.

The complete program schedule will be posted in late March, 2017.

Below is the list of planned events with short preview:

  • Mathematics Written Examination Competition.

    It will cover the topics in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and introductory calculus.

  • Mathematics Exhibits Competition.

    A tri-fold presentation board that promotes appreciation and understanding of the role of mathematics in society.

  • Mathematics Essay Contest.

    Write an essay that reflects the contestant’s own research and thinking of the event theme.

  • Mathematics Bowl Competition.

    Each team will compete in solving math questions in ACT and SAT format (within 1 min/each question).

  • Bridge Design and Construction Competition.

    Each team will compete in constructing a bridge with BALSA wood to achieve the highest efficiency factor (load weight/bridge weight).

  • Math Trail Competition.

    Each team will go to 10 different, designated locations in the Just Science Hall Building and work together to answer mathematics/problem solving exercises posted at those locations.

  • Water Bottle Rocket Design.

    Each team will design a Water Bottle Rocket on the day of the competition using supplied materials by the event.

  • Fun with Calculators Competition.

    Students will use scientific calculators to do mathematical computations.

  • Dr. William White Award.

    In honor of Dr. William WhiteEach, each school may nominate 1 student as a candidate to compete for this award. Each nominated student is required to submit a personal statement (1-2 pages) on his/her life and study experience related to STEM.

  • LISA-QED: Visualization Demo.

    Students will get some hand-on experience in exploring big data applications with the OptiPortal visualization demo.

  • Campus Tour.

    A staff member from the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment will give a recruitment presentation and facilitate a campus tour for students.

  • Teachers’ Seminar.

    An invited speaker will give an one-hour presentation on recent developments in science and technology for all participating teachers.



The Annual Jackson State University Mathematics and Engineering Fair has been held and organized by the Department of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences for the past almost 40 years.

The first Mathematics & Engineering Fair was held in 1977 while Dr. Roosevelt Gentry was the Chair of the Mathematics Department and Dr. John A. Peoples was the President of JSU. The School of Engineering joined the Mathematics Fair in 2002. The Fair became Mathematics & Engineering Fair in 2006. The following persons have directed the Mathematics & Engineering Fair (the years are approximated):

  • Dr. Thumchai, 1977-1979
  • Mr. Marcel Pilate, 1980-1994
  • Department secretary, 1995-2008
  • Dr. David Bramlett, 2008-2013
  • Dr. Lecretia Buckley, 2014-2016
  • Dr. Jun Liu, 2017

The Fair comprises individual and team programs that are designed to facilitate student engagement in learning experiences in which they can demonstrate their mathematical skills, scientific thinking, and learn about application areas of mathematics. In the past 36th fair, approximately 200 students and 25 teachers from 10 different high schools fully participated the scheduled activities, including Mathematics Written Examination, Mathematics Essay, Mathematics Bowl, Bridge Design and Construction, Math Trail, Water Bottle Rocket Design, Fun with Calculators, and Visualization Lab Exploration.

Below are the past participating schools and students statistics:


Call for your support

Confirmed Sponsors of 2017(37th) Fair:

  • Signature Sponsor Nissan, N.A.
  • Pearson Higher Education
  • Wolfram Research, Inc.
  • Jackson State University Bookstore

We are actively soliciting generous sponsorships and donations.

The Fair includes unique opportunities for those high-school students to interact with JSU current students and faculties in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. We believe that these interactions will inspire and motivate young students to consider their studies and career in the STEM disciplines. Consequently, students who have demonstrated an interest in mathematical and engineering fields will directly benefit from participating in this Fair.

Over the past years, this Fair has been sponsored by:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Award DMS: 1330801 under the EXTREEMS-QED Activities
  • JSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • JSU Department of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences
  • McGraw Hill Education
  • Pearson Higher Education
  • EnVision Eye Care & Optical Boutique
  • Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Jackson State University Bookstore