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Work as team. Solve problems. Celebrate mathematics.

The Pi Day Mathematics Competition is an opportunity for secondary students in Qatar’s independent and private schools to explore the fun side of mathematics. The first CMU-Q Pi Day Mathematics Competition took place in 2016, hosting 250 students from more than 50 schools.

  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
  • Application decision (via e-mail): February 18, 2018 
  • Preliminary Round: February 24, 2018 
  • Final Round: March 17, 2018

Applications must be submitted in English.


About Pi Day

The ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter is an irrational number denoted by the Greek letter π and commonly approximated as 3.14. Every year, the day March 14 (written as 3/14 in the month/date format) is celebrated in several countries as Pi Day. The main objective of these celebrations is to highlight the importance of π and have some fun doing mathematics. Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar will host a Pi Day celebration by organizing a mathematics competition for high school students. The goal of this competition is to enhance awareness of and interest in mathematics in the high school communities in Qatar.

The Competition

Teams of 4 students each will compete against each other in two rounds of mathematical problem solving. The preliminary round will take place on February 24, 2018. The top four teams will then advance to the final round, which will be held on March 17, 2018. The venue for both events will be the Carnegie Mellon University Qatar campus in Education City.


Any high school student in the State of Qatar is eligible to participate. See rules and regulations for more details. The application deadline is February 15, 2018.

Rules and Regulations

Please read the CMU-Q Pi Day mathematics competition rules and regulations before entering the competition.

Important Dates (Tentative):

  • Registration Deadline: February 15, 2018
  • Application decision (via e-mail): February 18, 2018
  • Preliminary Round: February 24, 2018
  • Results of the Preliminary Round (via e-mail to Finalists): March 1, 2018
  • Final Round: March 17, 2018.




Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all participants in the preliminary round. Moreover prestigious awards will be given to the finalists.


Questions about Pi Day?

Please contact Professor Hasan Demirkoparan (hasand@qatar.cmu.edu) or Prof. Zelealem Yilma (zyilma@qatar.cmu.edu).


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