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William Lowell Putnam Undergraduate Mathematics Competition

This page is for Rutgers University Undergraduates who are interested in learning more about the Putnam Exam.

Details
about the next exam

General Information about the Putnam Exam
The
William Lowell Putnam Undergraduate Mathematics Competition
is an annual presitigious mathematics contest that is open
to all full-time undergraduates in the U.S. and Canada. It offers
prizes for individuals and teams. The competition consists
of a challenging 6 hour examination that is usually held the first
Saturday of December. (Note: if you can't make this time because
of religious observance, it may be possible to arrange an alternative time.)
The questions are chosen to test ingenuity and insight rather than knowledge of
advanced material.

Undergraduates from Rutgers University have participated in the
exam for many years.
Here are
results of Rutgers students past exams
.

Additional information including past exams
can be found
here and
here .
If you look at old exams, keep in mind that
the exam is intended to be very difficult. Only about 1/2 of the
students taking the exam get even one problem
correct out of the twelve problems in the exam!

There is no cost for participating, and no penalty for participating
and doing poorly.

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Registration for the exam

If you want to take the exam, you need to register between September 1
and October 1.
Send email to saks@math.rutgers.edu with the
header ``Putnam registration'' and include the following
information:

Your name
Student number
Expected graduation year
Are you a full time undergraduate?
Do you already have a college degree?
How many times have you taken the Putnam exam before?
Do you require an alternative time because of religious observance?
Students interested in learning some of the problem solving
techniques needed for the exam may wish to enroll in (or attend
without credit)
the
Seminar in Mathematical Problem Solving.
this fall.
If you have any questions, contact the
faculty sponsor for the exam
Professor Michael Saks