Student Competitions

Mathematical competitions at UMN

Fall 2016 practices: Fridays, 12:30pm-3:30pm in Vincent Hall 301

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William Lowell Putnam Competition

The Putnam competition takes place on the first Saturday in December of each year. This year, it will take place on December 3.

The Putnam competition consists of a morning session and an afternoon session, each half having six problems and three hours to solve them. Students work individually. The competition is nationwide.

MAA/NCS Team Competition

The North Central section of the Mathematical Association of America holds a team competition that takes place each year on a Saturday in mid-November. This year, it will take place on November 12.

The competition itself is three hours for ten problems. Students are organized into teams of three or two students, and work collaboratively. The competition consists of other teams from the Midwest and Canada.

Other Competitions

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Winona State University hosts the Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC).


Students need to register in order to compete. Please contact Jack Conn with any questions regarding the Putnam competition.

Practice sessions especially for the Fall 2019 Putnam Competition take place Thursdays in the Problem Solving Club which meets Thursdays 3:00-4:30 p.m. in 570 Vincent Hall; students can come and go as is convenient.