About Us

The Iowa City Math Circle is a program to bring together motivated students from elementary to high school to discuss and explore math and science outside of the classroom.

Summer Math Circle

A series of meetings over the summer to prepare for math competitions.

Summer Open Coding Session

Meetings over the summer introducing coding and helping middle schoolers with their projects.

Math Materials

Four years worth of study materials for math competitions, all available free.

Iowa City Math Circle

The Iowa City Math Circle is a program of weekly gatherings over the summer
for students who want to broaden their math, science and coding skills
and prepare for competitions.

Currently, we offer:

An AMC 10 class for students hoping to qualify for the AIME.

Coding sessions for beginners, introducing them to Python and giving projects to work on.

A beginner’s math club for students starting math competitions like the AMC 8 and MATHCOUNTS.

Biology sessions to introduce middle and high schoolers to biology competitions like USABO.

Meet Our Team

All of our instructors love math. Combined, our staff have over three decades of experience with math competitions.

Catherine Xu


Catherine Xu will be a sophomore at West High this fall. She is a 2x Mathcounts Nationals Qualifier, 2x JMO Qualifier, and has qualified for AIME 3x. When not doing math, she enjoys running or solving puzzles.

Richard Yang


Richard will be a junior at West High this fall. Qualifying for Mathcounts Nationals twice as well as taking the AIME four times, Richard enjoys running, games and model rocketry.

Amit Bhatt


Alex Yao


Ananth Shyamal

Co-founder, Content Developer & Instructor 2018-2021

Ananth Shyamal will be attending MIT this fall. Some of his math competition highlights include making MathCounts Nationals twice and qualifying for the AIME the last six years. In his free time, Ananth likes to play the violin and basketball.

Divya Shyamal

Co-founder, Content Developer & Instructor 2018-2021

Divya Shyamal will be attending MIT this fall and plans to major in computer science. She is a two-time MathCounts Nationals qualifier, five-time AIME qualifier, has qualified for USAJMO, earned a silver medal in USAMTS, received an Honorable Mention in the MIT Math Prize For Girls Competition, and won a bronze medal in the ensuing olympiad for the top 40 girls in the nation. In addition to math, Divya enjoys playing the violin and coding.

Kevin Yang

Content Developer

Kevin Yang is a four time AIME-qualifier, a 2019 USAJMO qualifier, and a two time MathCounts National qualifier. Kevin is from Cedar Falls, and enjoys golf and robotics besides math.

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Recent posts by the Iowa City Math Circle

Thank you for a great first ICMT!

Congratulations to everyone that participated! The problems and solutions are now all available on our website. We will email all competitors certificates of participation shortly. Book award winners will receive their printed copies of the Read more…