Competition format

Each team selects one of the eight research questions to work on, there are different questions for each age group category. Once they have finished their research, they must present their findings.

They may do this by either:

  1. Writing a formal report, or
  2. Creating a visual display

All work must be the sole product of the registering team.

Students have until 16 July 2021 to complete their research and submit their completed project. The twelve winning teams will be contacted in the week commencing 30 August.

The twelve finalists (four from each age grouping) will be invited to participate in the 2021 Research Competition Finals Presentation which will be run as an online webinar in October (date still to be determined). Each team will have a 10-minute slot in which to present a brief synopsis of their project and to answer some questions from the judging panel and other academics. Students competing in teams can elect to have multiple speakers or just choose one speaker. At the end of the presentation time, the top research project will be selected for each age group.

Prize structure

There are twelve prizes. The top research project in each age category receives $1500 and the three runners up in each age category receive $600. All teams who successfully submit a completed research project will receive a certificate for either participation, merit, highly commended, distinction or as a finalist.


The criteria for judging will vary depending on the age category and the complexity of the research project. However, whenever explicit mathematics is involved, mathematical accuracy is vitally important, as is the correct use of mathematical language.

In addition to these, the judging criteria include elements for originality, creativity, communication and presentation.

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