The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is probably the most prestigious undergraduate mathematics competition in North America. We started competing when I arrived in 2002. We have done very well for a school of our size. By 2005, the contest had become a very important and fun event. Two plaques are displayed in the main hallway of the mathematics department, on which the names of our best performers are permanently enshrined. (Click on either photo to get a larger picture). The 2009 contest was a banner year for us, as we placed 143rd overall as an institution!
Update on the 2010 competition: Congratulations to our top performer Steven Walz and our second place contestant Chihhung Jen. Well done!
Meetings this semester are on Fridays at 1pm in U280.
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