Putnam Competition

Putnam 2016
2016 Putnam Day at SFU

Are you an SFU undergraduate who relishes a challenge? The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is held on the first Saturday of December each year. In 2015, over 4200 undergraduates from more than 550 institutions in Canada and the USA entered the competition. Wikipedia has a good overview of the Competition.

The Putnam isn't easy. Typically more than half the entrants in any year score 0, 1 or 2 points — out of a possible 120! Yet the questions don't assume anything beyond standard undergraduate mathematics. Success in answering questions requires persistence, originality, and crystal-clear expression of ideas.


Ten SFU students participated in the 2016 Putnam Competition. Training for the 2017 Putnam will begin in the Summer.