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The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is a day-long exam administered to college mathematics students in the United States and Canada every year on the first Saturday in December. The Putnam is given in two three hour sessions, each consisting of six problems. The Putnam is not a test of your mathematical knowledge, but rather of your problem solving skills. All of the problems can be solved using standard undergraduate mathematics. However, the problems are extraordinarily difficult; many people taking the Putnam cannot solve any of them!

Preparation

Students interested in preparing for the Putnam should not study advanced theorems, but rather practice solving as many hard problems and

past Putnam problems as they can find, and hone their proof writing. Courses that are particularly helpful for Putnam preparation are:

Bard Results

2012

In 2012, our high scorers were:

**Yan Chu** ranked 120, **Matt Hughes** ranked 1360, and **Shuyi Wang** ranked 1360

out of 4277 participants total.

2011

In 2011, the Bard team placed 94th out of 572 participating institutions. Our high scorers were:

**Matt Hughes** ranked 316, **Yan Chu** ranked 459, and **Van Mai Nguyen Thi** ranked 885

out of 4400 participants total. Everyone at Bard who participated scored at least 1 point!

2010

In 2010, our high scorers were:

**Yan Chu** ranked 593, **Alexandros Fragkopoulos** ranked 883, and **Adam Chodoff** ranked 883

out of 4200 participants total.

2009

In 2009, **Ciprian Mandici** and **Anastassia Etropolski** both placed in the top 1000, and 18 Bard students scored at least one point. Congratulations to everyone who partcipated!

2008

In 2008, the Bard team placed 41st out of 545 participating institutions. The team consisted of:

**Ciprian Mandici** placed 335th, **Zhexiu Tu** placed 619th, and **Tomasz Przytycki** placed in the top 1000.

In total, 14 Bard students scored at least one point.