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Undergraduates excel in Putnam mathematical competition

Submitted by Rose Choi on April 1, 2009 - 5:00am
2008 Putnam competition winners with coaches
From left to right: Ioana Dumitriu (coach), Michael Rutherford, Igor Tolkov, William Johnson, Nate Bottman, Julia Pevtsova (coach), and Ben Heyes. Photo by Kathy Sauber.

UW undergraduate students' performance in last Autumn's William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition are the best in recent memory, with students competing in both team and individual competitions. Out of 405 participating teams from the United States and Canada, the UW's team, which consisted of Nate Bottman, William Johnson, and Igor Tolkov, scored 15th. Eight UW students participated in the individual competition, with the top scores three going to William Johnson (who placed 6th among 3,627 participants), Nate Bottman, and Keyun Tong. Assistant Professors Ioana Dumitriu and Julia Pevtsova coached the teams.