A Stony Brook team of young math mavens placed 13th out of 577 participating institutions in the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition held on December 6, 2014. Sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, the Putnam Competition is considered the most prestigious university-level math competition in the world.
Team members were Weibo Fu, Minh P. Nguyen and Dat Nguyen. Their coach was Ljudmila Kamenova, an instructor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Mathematics.
The competition is grueling, Kamenova said, consisting of two 3-hour parts with six problems each, separated by a lunch break.
“The problems in this competition are extremely difficult. If the students make even a small mistake, they get almost no credit,” Kamenova said.
Freshman Minh P. Nguyen got the highest score from Stony Brook University, and placed in the top 50 out of 4,320 contestants.