The Simon Marais Mathematics Competition is a mathematics competition for undergraduate university students. It began in 2017 and is modelled on the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.

The annual competition is usually held in October. See the competition website for more details about the comp. 

2023 Competition

The 2023 competition will be held on Saturday 14 October. See the flyer for some important information and the competition website for all details about the comp.

Students must register for the competition before 5:00pm Friday 1 September 2023 by completing and submitting this online form (enter password: unswsmmc).

The School of Mathematics and Statistics offers internal prizes for the best-performing UNSW students in the following categories:

  • $1000 each to the two highest-scoring individual entrants of different genders.
  • \$1000 each (\$500 for each member) to the two highest-scoring pair entrants that are not all of the same gender. (For example: if the top three UNSW pair entrants are ordered female/female, female/female, female/male, then these prizes would be awarded to the first and third teams.)

Some past papers for the Simon Marais and William Lowell Putnam competitions are available:

If you have any questions, please email David Harvey (

CPMSoc (The UNSW Competitive Programming and Mathematics Society) and MathSoc (UNSW Mathematics Society) often run mock contests in Term 3 before the competition.