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.
The Mathematics Department runs weekly practice sessions to prepare students for the competition. It is an occasion for any students interested in problem solving to meet and to work on problems not seen in more standard mathematics courses. It is also a good way to learn beautiful mathematical topics outside the regular curriculum. Note that you can attend the training sessions without writing the exam in December.
Every Friday, from 16:00 to 18:00 in MC 107.