Putnam Competition

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate students in the United States and Canada. It awards a scholarship and cash prizes ranging from $250 to $2,500 for the top students and $5,000 to $25,000 for the top schools, plus one of the top five individual scorers (designated as Putnam Fellows) gets graduate tuition waived at Harvard, and the top 100 individual scorers have their names mentioned in the American Mathematical Monthly's October issue. It is widely considered to be the most prestigious university-level mathematics examination in the world.

The competition was founded in 1927 by Elizabeth Lowell Putnam in memory of her husband William Lowell Putnam. The exam has been offered annually since 1938 and is administered by the Mathematical Association of America.

You can find out more information on Wikipedia and the Official Putnam Web Page


The competition will return this year to its standard in-person format. We will again have an individual competition and a team competition, with awards and prizes.

The competition will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023, proctored in-person on campus at WSC 248. We will meet at 9:45am and the contest starts at 10am. There are two 3-hour sessions: 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm.

Participants (undergraduate students) are able to register and assigned a Putnam Identification Number (PIN), which they will need in order to participate in the competition on December 2. The registration deadline for student participants is Dec 1, 2023.

Students interested can now register on the official portal:

For more information, past competition problems, and books with competition problems, visit https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/putnam-competition

 Contact: Dr. Hristo Sendov (hssendov@stats.uwo.ca)