Each year, the first Saturday of December, the Math Department takes part in the William Lowel Putnam Mathematics Competition.
This is an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate students of the United States and Canada, 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 was founded in 1927. The exam has been offered annually since 1938 and is administered by the Mathematical Association of America.
The preparation sessions this year are organized by Alfonso
Gracia-Saz and Bernardo Galvao-Sousa.
We plan to meet for preparation once a week or every two weeks, and work on problems from past competitions. Many of the problems are very interesting and require only basic undergraduate mathematics, but the questions are quite challenging! In fact, even solving one or two questions on the competition is impressive, and a nice addition to your CV.