Undergraduate mathematics competitions

A group of Carolina undergraduates participated in the Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest on October 27th. In total, 663 students participated from 112 schools in 27 different states. Ten students from UNC participated. The contest results were very encouraging, with sophomores Marshall Lochbaum and Yash Agrawal leading the UNC participants, each finishing in the top 60 in the contest, and many other promising results from UNC students.

A similar group of students is currently in their last preparations for the annual Putnam Competition, held each year on the first Saturday in December. Last year’s Carolina team finished 14th in the Putnam, with William Schlieper ’12 earning an individual Honorable Mention in the competition. We have high hopes for this year as well, and wish the best of luck to all participating students.

Special recognition goes to Profs. Justin Sawon and Joseph Cima for mentoring this year’s math competition problem solving seminar, and to Prof. Richard Rimanyi for leading these efforts last year. Thank you also to graduate student Rebecca Glover, who proctored the VT contest exam here this year.