For more information, contact:
Ron Wasserstein, Executive Director, The American Statistical Association

Create a YouTube Video for Mathematics Awareness Month Contest

Show your creativity on the topic of “Math and Voting” to compete for $500 prize

ALEXANDRIA, VA (PRWEB) JANUARY 24, 2008 -- The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) has announced a contest to find the video that best conveys the Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) 2008 message and the theme, which is “Mathematics and Voting.”

The topic of submitted videos should be “What Math and Voting Mean to Me,” and the producer of the winning entry will receive a $500 prize. The contest was devised to add a new dimension to the activities of Mathematics Awareness Month, which is held each year in April. For those interested in participating in the contest, more information about MAM and the 2008 theme can be found at

Contest Specifics

The JPBM encourages participants to use music, humor, and any other elements they like in creating the video to express what they feel about the topic of math and voting. Each video may be up to three minutes in length. Judges will select the winning entry based on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity
  2. How well the message is conveyed
  3. Entertainment value
  4. Quality
  5. Relevance to the “Math and Voting” theme

All videos must be submitted via YouTube at by April 30, and viewers may vote once a day until the contest ends on May 15. The contest winner will be announced June 1 on and on

About Math Awareness Month and JPBM

Mathematics Awareness Month, held each year in April, was created to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. It began in 1986, when President Reagan issued a proclamation establishing National Mathematics Awareness Week. Activities for Mathematics Awareness Month generally are organized on local, state and regional levels by college and university departments, institutional public information offices, student groups, and related associations and interest groups.

The JPBM is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).


Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics to recognize the importance of mathematics through written materials and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.
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