About Us

The Iowa City Math Circle is a program to bring together motivated junior high and high school students to discuss and explore mathematical ideas outside of the classroom.

Online Summer Math Circle

A series of online meetings in the summer with an emphasis on math competition preparation.

Iowa City Math Tournament

An online math tournament for Iowa City-area students held in Summer 2020.

Iowa City Math Circle Online Community

An online community of math students from all across Iowa.

Online Summer Math Circle

The Online Summer Math Circle is a weekly, online gathering of students in the summer for passionate math students who aim to improve their math competition skills and to broaden their knowledge of topics in mathematics.

Our curriculum targets students who are going into 8th grade or lower, but everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. To get the most out of the curriculum, participants should have a mastery of Algebra I concepts and be familiar with basic geometry concepts.

See Online Summer Math Circle for more details including the schedule of the 2021 Online Summer Math Circle and how to register.

Meet our Staff

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

Bill Chen


Bill Chen will be a senior at West High this fall. Some of his math competition highlights include making Mathcounts Nationals once and qualifying for the AIME for the last 3 years. In his free time, Bill likes to play video games and swim.

Ananth Shyamal

Co-founder, Primary Content Developer, Lead Instructor

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, Primary Content Developer, Lead Instructor

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.

Catherine Xu


Catherine will be an 8th grader at NWJH this fall. She is a 2021 Mathcounts National qualifier and ranked in the top 56 at the national competition, along with being an AIME and MPfG qualifier. When not doing math, Catherine enjoys drawing and staring at Discord.

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.

Richard Yang


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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…