Mathematical Olympiad Program

Mathematical Olympiad Program

The Mathematical Olympiad Program or MOP is an intensive summer program held at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The main purpose of MOP, held since 1974, is to select and train the six members of the U.S. team for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Students qualify for the program by taking the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO). The top twelve American scorers from all grades form the "black" group; these students are eligible for selection to the IMO team, which is determined by combining USAMO results with results of a similar exam called the team selection test. The approximately eighteen next highest American scorers among the remaining non-graduating students form the "blue" group. In 2004, the program was expanded to include approximately thirty of the highest-scoring American freshmen each year, the "red" group. The colorful designations of these groups were adapted from Karate.

Canadians are allowed to write the USAMO but not to participate in MOP. Occasionally, when Canadians are amongst the USAMO winners, top scoring honorable mentions are added to the black group. These additional students are also eligible for the IMO team. In 2005, such a student did qualify for the team and went on to win a gold medal at the IMO.


Cutoff Scores

Year Black Blue Red/USAJMO
2002[1] 35
2003[2] 28
2004[3] 24
2005[4] 29
2006[5] 25 18 9
2007[6] 23 17 9
2008[7] 28 20 10
2009[8] 27 18 8
2010[9] 29 23 18/35
2011 35* 28 21/28

However, it should be noted that the cutoff scores for groups are not entirely rigid; some students are moved between groups at the beginning of the program. However, they do dictate who is invited to the program.

  • In 2011, all students, including seniors, receiving a score of 34 were invited.


The first few MOPs were held at Rutgers University. After that, and until 1995, the program was alternately hosted by the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in even-numbered years and by the United States Military Academy at West Point in odd-numbered years. The 1995 MOP was held at IMSA in Aurora, Illinois, where then-MOP director Titu Andreescu was a member of the math faculty. Most of the MOPs from 1996 on forward have been held in Lincoln, Nebraska where the AMC headquarters is located. An exception was made in the summer of 2001, as the United States would be hosting the IMO that year in Washington, D.C., and nearby Georgetown was selected as the location for MOP.

Year-round MOP

For years, the idea of extending the training program for the U.S. IMO team was discussed. During the 2004-2005 school year, U.S. IMO team coach Zuming Feng directed the Winter Olympiad Training Program, utilizing the Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) site for discussion purposes. The program was short-lived, lasting only that year. MOP participants are now able to participate for free in Art of Problem Solving's WOOT program for year-round olympiad training.


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