University of Vermont

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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Register for the 74th Annual Putnam Competition

The 2013 Putnam exam will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The exam will be given in two three-hour sessions beginning at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively, at the Mathematics & Statitistics Department Conference Room, 16 Colchester Avenue. Lunch will be provided. The morning and afternoon sessions each consist of six (challenging) problems, most of which can be answered with calculus and a little linear algebra, together with a healthy dose of ingenuity. Advanced course work is not required.

The Putnam committee will hold one or two optional training sessions to review some potentially useful problem-solving skills. These sessions are low-key, fun and informal, where students take the lead in discussing practice problems. Solutions to past exams will be available for interested students.

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual contest for undergraduate students established in 1938.  Substantial cash prizes are awarded to the top five teams and to the top five individuals. In 1997, the Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize was established to honor the top woman competitor. While the competition for the prizes is very strong, all students should enjoy and benefit from the experience of taking part in the most prestigious mathematical contest in the country.

For more information or to register to participate, please contact Prof. Richard Foote (email richard.foote@uvm.edu) no later than October 6. Please note that only regularly enrolled undergraduate students are eligible to participate.