Competition format

Each team selects one from a set of research question to work on, there are different questions for each age 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.

A shortlist of finalists will be invited to participate in the 2022 Research Competition Finals Presentation which will be held at the University of Melbourne Parkville Campus. Travel subsidies may be made available for teams that need to travel from remote, regional, interstate or international locations. Arrangements will also be made for live stream presentations for teams unable to travel.

Each team will have a 15-minute slot in which to present a brief synopsis of their project and to answer questions from the judging panel and other academics. Further details about the Finals will be provided to finalists closer to date.

Prizes and Certificates

The top research project in each age category and all finalist teams will receive a cash prize. All teams who successfully submit a completed research project will receive a certificate for participation, merit, high commendation, 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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