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. 

2024 Competition

The competition is normally held in October - details for the 2024 competition will appear here as they come to hand. See the competition website for more details about the comp.

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.