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Putnam Mathematical Competition at ISU

What is the Putnam Competition?

The Putnam Exam (officially known as the William Lowell Putnam Math Competition) is a very challenging, six-hour mathematics exam administered by the Mathematical Association of America. It is given on the first Saturday in December, and is composed of two 3-hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, each with six questions. Each question is worth 10 points (for a total of 120).

Scholarships and cash prizes ranging from $250 to $2,500 for the top students and $5,000 to $25,000 for the top schools are given by the Putnam committee.

Am I eligible?

If you are an undergraduate student and enjoy solving math problems, then YES, you are eligible to take part in this exam.

How can I participate?

Each year the Putnam exam will be held on the first Saturday in the month of December. If you wish to participate, you must register by completing this form. There will be two sessions on the day of the exam. Sesssion A from 9:00 am - 12 noon and Session B from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Free lunch will be provided between the two sessions (courtesy of the ISU Mathematics Department) for those who take this exam.

For more information visit the Putman Exam website!