This page is for current students at Harvard or MIT who are interested in helping get involved in organizing the tournament! Our tournament is run entirely by student volunteers and your help is very much appreciated.

Mailing list for Harvard/MIT volunteers

The mailing list for HMMT volunteers is hmmt-list, managed by MIT mailman. This is where all announcements and information for volunteers is sent throughout the year. (This is not the email list for contestants and coaches.)

If you'd like to join this list, you can contact the officers stating what email address you want to add. (You can also add yourself directly using the MIT mailman web interface, if you happen to be familiar with how to use it.)

Events for volunteers

During the school year, general members of the HMMT volunteer community can look out for the following events. The dates and times are announced on the mailing list above, so please subscribe if you want to know when to come!

  • Problem-writing sessions
  • Test-solving sessions — where you can work on drafts of the HMMT exams prepared by the problem czars.
  • Occasional social gatherings
  • Week-of worksessions where we scramble to finish any last tasks needed for the tournament, like collating the Guts round and assembling the registration folders.
  • Of course, the tournament itself! Many day-of volunteers are needed for tasks like grading, running classrooms, distributing lunch and T-shirts, etc.

Free food is provided at nearly all events as a token of thanks to our volunteers. Any student at Harvard or MIT is welcome to come to these; you do not need to "sign up" or "register" in advance.

Staff and officer roles

Individuals who are seeking a higher level of involvement might consider applying as a staff member or officer.

Applications for staff take place in mid-September every year. They have specific tasks assigned to them for each tournament; examples of staff roles include problem editors (who do copy-editing of the exams), brochure coordinators (designing the brochures handed out on contest day), and chief proctors (who oversee the team round and guts round).

Officer roles are an entire year-long commitment often involving work to be done over the summer. Applications for officer roles are typically done in spring of each year, with the appointment lasting until the conclusion of the February tournament the subsequent year. You can see our list of current officers.


Email the officers