The William Lowell Putnam Competition

Considered by many to be the most prestigious university-level mathematics examination in the world, the Putnam Competition matches undergraduate college students from the United States and Canada against one another, awarding scholarships and cash prizes ranging from $\$250$ to $\$2,500$ for the top students and $\$5,000$ to $\$25,000$ for the top schools.

The competition takes place on the first Saturday in December, and consists of two three-hour sittings separated by a lunch break. The test is supervised by faculty members at the participating schools (so students don't have to drive anywhere). Each student attempts to solve twelve problems, whose solutions typically involve only basic knowledge of college mathematics but require extensive creative thinking.

Students interested in competing should contact Paul Oser, the Math Center Director, at