The Brandeis team did very well at the Putnam Mathematics Competition this year. The Brandeis team ranked 39 out of 456 institutions! This is a great result, especially given that small institutions are naturally at a disadvantage in such rankings.

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is hosted by the Mathematics Association of American (MAA). It is an annual competition that began in 1938 for undergraduate college students from the US and Canada. The event consists of two 3-hour sessions where students work individually to solve six mathematical problems. It is famous for the intricate mathematical puzzles it proposes, whose solutions require imagination and inventiveness.

Eight Brandeis students participated in the weekly competitions at Brandeis, with Ben Kamen, Issac Berger and Phong Pham going on to compose the Brandeis Team at the national competition. Student Ben Kamen received an honorable mention since he scored 58th out of 3415 participants. The other Brandeis students also did very well.

Congratulations to the Brandeis team and all participants, and a great thank you to the Putnam coaches Kiyoshi Igusa, Professor of Mathematics and PhD student Tudor Popescu!