William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

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The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is a highly challenging proof-oriented mathematics competition for undergraduate students in North America.

Top scoring students on the Putnam exam are named Putnam Fellows.

The Competition

The Putnam Exam is a two-session undergraduate exam in which there are 3 hours in each sitting with a 2-hour lunch break between them. There are 6 problems on each session. It is usually held once a year on the first Saturday of December. Each problem is graded on a scale of 0-10. This makes a perfect score a 120. The "Putnam Fellows" are the winners of the competition, the top 5. Students from the same school can compete together on a three-person team, in which the team's score is determined by the sum of the scores of the students on that team.

Placings and Prizes

The prizes are as follows:

-Individuals

  • Putnam fellows
    • $2,500
  • The next top ten individuals
    • $1,000
  • Next Ten Individuals
    • $250

-Teams

  • First Place team
    • Team members recieve $1,000
    • School recieves $25,000
  • Second Place Team
    • Team members recieve $800
    • School recieves $20,000
  • Third Place Team
    • Team members recieve $600
    • School Recieves $15,000
  • Fourth Place Team
    • Team members recieves $400
    • School recieves $10,000
  • Fifth Place Team
    • Team members recieve $200
    • School Recieves $5,000
  • Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize- The Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize will be awarded periodically to a woman whose performance on the Competition has been deemed particularly meritorious. This prize would be in addition to any other prize she might otherwise win. Women contestants, to be eligible for this prize, must specify their gender.
    • $1,000

Past Winners

-Putnam Fellows

  • 2006:
  • 2005:
  • 2004:
    • Reid Barton
    • Vladmir Barzov
    • Ana Caraiani
    • Daniel Kane
    • Aaron Pixton
  • 2003:
    • Reid Barton
    • Ana Caraiani
    • Gabriel Carroll
    • Ralph Furmaniak
    • Daniel Kane
  • 2002:
    • Reid Barton
    • Gabriel Carroll
    • Deniss Cebikins
    • Alexander Schwartz
    • Melanie Wood
  • 2001:
    • Reid Barton
    • Gabriel Carroll
    • Kevin Lacker
    • George Lee Jr.
    • Jan Siwanowicz

-Team Winners

  • 2006:
  • 2005:
  • 2004:
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Princeton University
    • Duke University
    • University of Waterloo
    • California Institute of Technology
  • 2003:
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Harvard University
    • Duke University
    • California Institute of Technology
    • Harvey Mudd College
  • 2002:
    • Harvard University
    • Princeton University
    • Duke University
    • University of California, Berkeley
    • Stanford University
  • 2001:
    • Harvard University
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Duke University
    • University of California, Berkeley
    • Stanford University

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