The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual competition for undergraduate students at colleges and universities in the US and Canada. The competition has been called “the world’s toughest math test” by Time magazine, and consists of 12 difficult mathematics problems, which need to be solved over a six-hour period. TCNJ’s 3-student team of Alana Huszar, Miguel O’Malley, and Joseph Ruffo did very well in the 2014 Putnam Competition, ranking in 121st place among 431 teams from institutions in the US and Canada. A total of 577 institutions sent students to the competition. Four other students from TCNJ also competed individually: Katie Rose, Anshu Patel, Syndi Barish, and Kevin Bazer. All of our students earned at least 1 point, which is quite an accomplishment.
The 2014 top 5 teams, in rank order were MIT, Harvard, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Waterloo, Carnegie-Mellon.
Congratulations to all of our students!