Highlights from the 2023 Putnam Competition

February 28, 2024
The 2023 Putnam Competition participants from Simon Fraser University (courtesy of Jonathan Jedwab)

Congratulations to the 13 SFU students who took part in six exhausting hours of the 2023 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition last December. 

Almost 4000 students from over 450 institutions in the US and Canada participated in this competition. 

The SFU team placed 2nd among all teams in the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The team placing was determined by the sum of the top three individual scores from SFU.

SFU’s top three scorers were Oscar Lautsch, and an equal tie between Jonathan Aloni, Minsoo Choo, Yupeng Zhao. A special congratulations to Oscar Lautsch, who achieved a placing in the Top 500. 

“I’m really proud of all our Putnam participants," says Jonathan Jedwab, who trained the SFU students for the Putnam Competition. "They put huge effort into improving their problem-solving skills when they take MATH 480W (The Art and Craft of Problem Solving) and they learn how to express their solutions precisely and persuasively. These results are the outcome of all their hard work."

Further information on the 2023 Putnam Competition results is available here. Solutions to the 2023 Putnam Competition's problems are posted here