MIT students take 2nd place in annual Putnam Mathematical Competition

MIT students grabbed numerous specific and staff awards into the 2018 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical competitors, earning 17 out from the top 27 scores. 

Yuan Yao and Shengtong Zhang were called Putnam Fellows, a distinction fond of the most effective five specific contestants in the competitors, and Danielle Wang obtained the Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize, provided to the utmost effective female contestant. It had been her second win in the category.

The combined results of student team members Junyao Peng, Ashwin Sah, and Yunkun Zhou grabbed 2nd devote the group competitors, just behind first place winner Harvard University. MIT students overall took 11 of this very first 15 spots in the demanding six-hour math competition. Counting honorable mentions, 45 of top 101 students had been from MIT. 

The exam is comprised of 12 dilemmas, really worth 10 points each, that pupils focus on over two three-hour sessions on Dec. 1, 2018. Contest outcomes were announced Feb. 25. The best exam rating ended up being 114 off a potential 120 things. But for example of so how difficult this exam is, the median score ended up being only 2 points.

The awards in addition come with money honors. The team earned earned the division of Mathematics $20,000 for putting 2nd, with each group member in addition receiving $800. Putnam Fellows get $2,500, while the Elizabeth Lowell Putnam reward winner gets $1,000.

“I am very proud of our students’ performance on the Putnam Competition,” stated MIT’s Putnam mentor and mathematics teacher Yufei Zhao. “The amount of large scorers from MIT reveals the unparalleled power of our undergraduate math neighborhood.”

Department of Mathematics Head Michel Goemans included: “Once once again, the overall performance of your MIT undergrads within Putnam competition was phenomenal. We’re so fortunate at MIT to possess such a huge number of mathematically brilliant students.”

Many Putnam rivals have expertise in mathematics Olympiad-type competitions, and MIT students can sign up for the fall 18.A34 (Mathematical Problem Solving: Putnam Seminar). The class is taught by Zhao ’10, PhD ’15, a three-time Putnam Fellow whom took equivalent course under professors Richard Stanley and Hartley Rogers. Zhao stocks test-taking techniques, and students practice with past many years’ Putnam examinations. 

For the three non-MIT Putnam Fellows, all from Harvard this year, two likewise have powerful MIT connections as 2014 alums associated with division of Mathematics’ PRIMES program: Shyam Narayanan (PRIMES-USA 2014) and David Stoner (RSwe 2014). Stoner additionally studies combinatorics under Zhao.

The 79th Putnam competitors was administered because of the Mathematical Association of The united states. It saw a complete of 164 MIT pupils competing among 4,623 test-takers from 568 U.S. and Canadian institutions. Last year, MIT’s staff finished very first, and took five of six Putnam Fellows places. In general a year ago, MIT pupils took 17 of the top 25 places, and 38 per cent for the top 100 position individual students were through the Institute.