SMS Essay Competition 2021


The SMS Essay Competition began in 2007. It has a different theme every year. The objective of the competition is to expose students to various topics that are related to mathematics. Such topics could be related to the history, applications or other aspects of mathematics. We also hope to encourage articulation of mathematics through the exposition on these subjects.

Programme:Singapore Mathematical Society Essay Competition 2021
Participants:All secondary school, international school and JC students
Registration Fees:$10 per essay entry
Enquiry:Mdm. Chan Lai CheeDr. Tan Liang Soon, Dr. Wong Wei Pin
Online Registration: 11th March 2021 – 9th July 2021.
Payment And Online Submission Of Essays: 28th June 2021 – 9th July 2021

Theme of the Essay

“Mathematics and Pandemics”

  1. The Singapore Mathematical Society will carry on with the Series in the Application of Mathematics in order to encourage students to explore and discover different facets of Mathematics in our everyday life. We have chosen “Mathematics and Pandemics” to be the theme of the competition this year.
  2. The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the importance of mathematics in fighting pandemics. Throughout history, a growing corpus of mathematical models has always been used to inform and guide pandemic responses, but never more so than in recent years. There’s never been a better time than now to motivate students to learn about the mathematics applied in disaster management, public healthcare and biomedical science.
  3. We hope that through this competition, students will discover the different types of mathematical models for its corresponding pandemic response purpose. This includes deterministic models, empirical models, and simulation models. They will understand how mathematics is applied through the modelling process in constructing effective model for informing health policy and increasing the efficiency in screening and tracing. Some examples of these mathematical tools are Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Probability, Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, Graph Theory, Regression, Multivariate Calculus, Gradient Algorithms, Optimization, Markov Chain, Transition Matrices, etc., which clearly offers diverse topics for the students to explore.