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The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

Congratulations to the 2014 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition team from Colorado State University. The team ranked 62 out of 577 participating universities from the United States and Canada. In 2012, the CSU team ranked 122 out of 557, being unranked in 2011 and 2013. The department of mathematics team was under the advisement of Professor James Wilson.

Colorado State University Putnam Competition team prepared for the competition with the following undergraduate students at CSU:

Nabeel Moin
Nate Zbacnik
Gavin Stewart
Katherine Sieviec
Nate Gillard
Sean Walters
Zhongruo Albert Wang

In our effort, as a department, to recruit and keep more math majors, Professor Wilson encourages faculty, staff and alumni in congratulating this year's Putnam participants.

A special congratulation goes out to the Putnam Team 2014, which included:

Nabeel Moin
Nate Zbacnik
Gavin Stewart

Many thanks also to the many undergrads who participated in studying for the Putnam even if they did not ultimately take the exam. Their individual participation is invaluable to the team's success.


Jennifer Mueller

Left to right: Gavin Stewart, Nabeel Moin, Nate Zbacnik, and James Wilson, adviser.

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, is commonly known as the Putnam Competition, is an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate college students enrolled at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada (regardless of the students' nationalities). Students compete for scholarships and cash prizes ranging from $250 to $2,500 for the top students and $5,000 to $25,000 for the top schools. The five top individuals, receive the distinction of Putnam Fellows, while one of these finalists receives a fellowship to Harvard with tuition being waived. The top 100 individual scorers have their names mentioned in the American Mathematical Monthly's October issue (alphabetically ordered within rank). It is widely considered to be the most prestigious university-level mathematics examination in the world, and its difficulty is such that the median score is often zero or one (out of 120) despite being attempted by students specializing in mathematics.

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

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