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UW team and individuals among top 2016 Putnam performers

Submitted by Rose Choi on April 11, 2017 - 5:58pm
Mathematical Association of America

Every December, undergraduates across North America devote the first Saturday to working on 12 difficult problems in the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. The top five three-student teams and the top five individuals are singled out for special awards, with additional teams and students receiving honors as well. For the 2016 competition, the UW team was one of five finishing just behind the top five schools, thereby receiving the designation of Honorable Mention. The top five were Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, Harvard, MIT, and Stanford (in that order) and the second five were Caltech, Harvey Mudd, UCLA, UW, and Waterloo (unranked). Among students earning Honorable Mention by placing just outside the top 25 were two UW undergraduates: Will Dana and Jasper Hugunin. They and other UW participants were prepared for the competition by faculty members Ioana Dumitriu, Julia Pevtsova, and Jonah Ostroff.