Contact Malcolm Adams at adams@math.uga.edu if you are interested in participating in the Putnam Exam at UGA.

 

The William Lowell Putnam Competition

The William Lowell Putnam Competition is an annual student math competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. More than 3500 students from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada participate in this contest each year. The Putnam competition is held simultaneously at participating universities, usually on the first Saturday of December.

The Putnam competition consists of a morning session and an afternoon session of three hours each. In each session, six problems are to be solved. The problems are graded on a 0 - 10 point scale, for a maximal score of 120 points. The problems are challenging and require considerable ingenuity and insight, but little technical knowledge beyond high school mathematics. It is extremely rare that a contestant solves all 12 problems. For example, in the 2007 Putnam competition, the highest score was 98 points, and a score of 10 (the equivalent of a single problem solved correctly) would have placed a contestant among the top third of all 3753 participants!

The Putnam competition is open to all full time undergraduate students. In addition to the individual competition, there is also a team competition among participating colleges. The team rank of a college is determined by the scores of three participants from that college who have to be named in advance. The team members will, of course, still be ranked as individual contestants. The 25 highest scoring individuals and the five highest scoring teams receive monetary awards.

 

 

HISTORY:  

Here is a tabulation of some data of Putnam participation at UGA since 1991

Year Team Rank High Scorer at UGA Score # Participants
1991 -- Paul Jones/Eddie Fuller
11
5
1992 133 Paul Jones
13
10
1993 118 Paul Jones
27
8
1994 106 Stephen Griffin
28.4
7
1995 102 Adrian Daigle
22
9
1996 42 Stephen Griffin
21
10
1997 54 Shawn Walker
20
6
1998 37 Charles Mathis
60
10
1999 88 Paul Pollack
30
15
2000 20 Paul Pollack
40
13
2001 57 Paul Pollack
69
7
2002 39 Boris Alexeev
59
9
2003 -- Penny Ridgdill
11
10
2004 -- Adam King
28
12
2005 101 Paul Morrill
27
11
2006 43 Tyler Kelly
21
17
2007 62 Phillip Mote
24
17
2008 106 Tyler Kelly 21 9
2009 -- Zachary Freeland 20 11
2010 -- Jacob Rooney 22 8
2011 -- Tori Akin 10 13
2012 -- Malik Obeidin 30 12
2013 136 Doug Morgan 19 13
2014 86 Sarah Tammen 28 9
2015 117 Sarah Tammen 10 10
2016 -- Ryan Pattillo 11 7

 

 

Other Links

Dave Rusin's Putnam Web Site