Carolina students in the 2013 Putnam Competition

The results from the latest annual William Lowell Putnam Competition, held this past December include strong performances from a number of Carolina undergraduates.

Four of our students ranked in the top 10% of this year’s 4113 contestants. Michael Greenberg scored 40 points (out of a maximum of 120 in what is famously and always a difficult test), ranking him 136th. Joining him on our official school team, Eugene (Xiaoyin) Lu scored 30 (ranked 266th) and Marshall Lochbaum scored 29 (ranked 333rd). Also performing exceptionally, first-year David Spencer scored 31 (ranked 208.5th).

Also scoring on the exam were Tyler Blanton, Justin Price, and Otis Skipper. As usual, over half of the entrants scored 0, so anyone with a positive score is to be congratulated!

Overall, our Carolina team was ranked 13.5th, one of our strongest showings. Importantly, none of these students are seniors, so we look forward to another great performance next year.

Congratulations to all of these students for a job well done. Thank you to Justin Sawon for serving as the faculty mentor to the team.