Cezar Lupu

Home » Uncategorized » Information on the Putnam seminar at University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2015

Information on the Putnam seminar at University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2015

The William Lowell Putnam competition is the most prestigious competition for undergraduate students across United States and Canada. It was founded in 1927 by Elizabeth Lowell Putnam in memory of her husband. The exam is organized annually since 1938 by the Mathematical Association of America. Nowadays, over 4500 students from more than 570 colleges and universities take part in it. The name Putnam has become synonymous with excellence in undergraduate mathematics. Students taking part in and preparing for the competition learn a lot about general mathematical skills such as solving problems and proving statements. Graduate schools and other employers can be impressed by high Putnam scores.

The competition takes place on the first Saturday of December, and consists of two exams (6 problems per exam) of three hours separated by a lunch break. The test is supervised by faculty members of each participating school. Every problem is graded on a scale of 0-10. The problems are usually listed in increasing order of difficulty, with A1 and B1 the easisest, and A6 and B6 the hardest. Top 5 scoring students on the Putnam exam are named Putnam Fellows. A student can take this exam maximum four times and the Putnam official team of the university consists of 3 members.

This year’s Putnam seminar at University of Pittsburgh is organized by George Sparling and me and will feature many other faculty and graduate students. The list with the students and faculty involved in the seminar is here. Also, you can find materials useful for your preparation. Moreover, I encourage you to attend the seminar offered by Po-Shen Loh at Carnegie Mellon University. See this link for more details.

Last year, Pitt was ranked 108th and two contestants (Stefan Ivanovici and Ming Tian) made it to the top 500. More information is here. In 2013, the team was ranked 98th in the nation and this is the best performance in the past five years. The best ever performance was achieved in 1998 when the Pitt Putnam Team was ranked 13th. More information on this glorious era is avalaible here.

The preliminary schedule for the Putnam seminar is the following:


Week 1. What is the Putnam competition?

Instructors: George Sparling & Cezar Lupu
Location and time: Thackeray 705, 5-6.30 PM
Date: September 9

Week 2. Real Analysis I

Instructor: Cezar Lupu
Location and time: Thackeray 705, 5-6.30 PM
Date: September 15

Week 3. Real Analysis II

Instructor: Cezar Lupu
Location and time: Thackeray 427, 5.15-6.45 PM
Date: September 22

Week 4. Number Theory & Abstract Algebra I

Instructor: Bogdan Ion
Location and time: Thackeray 427, 5.15-6.45 PM
Date: September 29

Week 5. Number Theory & Abstract Algebra II

Instructor: Bogdan Ion
Location and time: Thackeray 427, 5.15-6.45 PM
Date: October 6

Week 6. Real Analysis III

Instructor: Cezar Lupu
Location and time: Thackeray 427, 5.15-6.45 PM
Date: October 13

Week 7. Real Analysis IV

Instructor: Roxana Popescu
Location and time: Thackeray 427, 5.15-6.45 PM
Date: October 20

Week 8. Probability and Combinatorics I

Instructor: Gregory Constantine
Location and time: Thackeray 427, 5.15-6.45 PM
Date: October 27

Week 9. Probability and Combinatorics II

Instructor: Gregory Constantine
Location and time: Thackeray 427, 5.15-6.45 PM
Date: November 3

Week 10. Linear Algebra I

Instructor: Bogdan Ion
Location and time: Thackeray 427, 5.15-6.45 PM
Date: November 10

Week 11. Geometry and Combinatorics

Instructor: Kiumars Kaveh
Location and time: Thackeray 427, 5.15-6.45 PM
Date: November 17

Week 12.  Thanksgiving break
Date: November 24

Week 13. Linear Algebra II

Instructor: Cezar Lupu
Location and time: Thackeray 427, 5.15-6.45 PM
Date: December 1


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Advertisements

1 Comment

  1. […] training. On the other hand, I would like to thank other faculty and graduate students involved in this year’s Putnam seminar: Gregory Constantine, Bogdan Ion, Kiumars Kaveh and Irina-Roxana Popescu. Some previous […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: