Student Competitions

Mathematical competitions at UMN

Practice sessions for Spring 2021 will be conducted via Zoom meetings:

Thursdays, Noon-1:00 p.m. February 4-April 29, 2021.

Math majors, please check your email for Spring 2021 Problem Solving Group messages!

Email if you need more information.

William Lowell Putnam Competition

The Putnam competition usually takes place on the first Saturday in December of each year. However, "due to the coronavirus crisis, most students in the US and Canada are unable to return to campuses this fall. Therefore, the 81st Putnam Competition, originally scheduled for Fall 2020, will be postponed until February 20, 2021." Please go to the Official Putnam website to see alternate plans if most students are unable to return to their campuses.

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. Students need to register in order to compete.

MAA/NCS Team Competition

The North Central section of the Mathematical Association ofAmerica holds a team competition that takes place each year on aSaturday in mid-November. This competition has been renamed the Jerry Heuer Team Competition."The twenty-fourth annual [2020] Heuer NCS Team contest is scheduled for ( dateTBD) from 9 am to noon." Please go to the MAA/NCS team competition webpage for updates.

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). "MinneMUDAC Spring 2021: MinneAnalytics Madness" is this spring's event title. Information and registration is available from the MUDAC 2021 website.  


MCM/ICM the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, both local and international competitions participation, are coordinated by the Student Chapter of SIAM at UMN.

Please email during academic year 2020-2021 with questions, if not answered by the links above.