Math Contests at Illinois
UI Undergraduate Math Contest
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, 1 pm  4 pm,
314 Altgeld Hall
Registration
The UI Undergraduate Math Contest is the longestrunning and most prestigious
local math contest. It is open to all undergraduate students at the UI and
local high school students. Prizes of up to $300 await the top scorers.
To register, use the above link
(
http://go.illinois.edu/mathcontestregistration).
For problems from past years,
see the
UI Math Contest Problem Archive.
Quick Links
About the UI Math Contest Program
The UI Math Contest Program is one of the most extensive and most visible
in the country. It has been considerably expanded in recent years with
additional contest opportunities and an enhanced training program, and
participation in our events is at record levels. Our students have
produced outstanding results in national competitions, culminating in
an
Honorable Mention for the UI Putnam Team in 2015.
Activities offered include training sessions
and practice contests in the fall; several local math contests with attractive
prize purses; and opportunities to participate in prestigious
national and international competitions, including the William
Lowell Putnam Competition., the Virginia Tech Regional
Math Contest, and the
Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).
The program is being organized by A.J. Hildebrand and Timur Oikhberg.
2018/2019 Activities and Events

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018: UI Math Contest Open House,
5 pm  6 pm, 314 Altgeld Hall.
The kickoff event for our contest program. An informational meeting about our
program of contests, training sessions, and related activities.
Pizza will be provided.
 Math contest training sessions:
Wednesdays, 5:00 pm  6:30 pm and 6:30 pm  8:00 pm, 143 Altgeld Hall.
A series of informal training sessions, beginning
September 19. The first time period is aimed mainly at beginners, the
second period is aimed at experienced contest takes and those who
cannot make the first hour. You can attend either of these sessions (or
both). No registration required.
 Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 10 am  12 pm, 314 Altgeld Hall:
UI Freshman Math Contest.
An entry level math contest, restricted to UI Freshmen.
PRIZE MONEY: Up to $300 in prize money to the top scorer.
 Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 1 pm  4 pm, 314 Altgeld Hall:
UI Mock Putnam Exam. A local contest, similar in format to the Putnam,
open to all UI Undergraduates.
PRIZE MONEY: Up to $300 in prize money to the top scorer(s).
 Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, 9 am  11:30 am, 314 Altgeld Hall:
Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest (VTRMC).
A Putnamstyle contest, held simultaneously at campuses of
participating institutions; see the above link for more information.
First offered at Illinois in 2013, this contest attracted 23 local
participants.
 Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 9 am  5 pm, 314 Altgeld Hall:
William Lowell Putnam Competition.
Known as the "world's toughest math test", the "Putnam" is a nationwide math
problems contest for undergraduates, and the most prestigious contest of its
type.

Jan. 24  28, 2019:
Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).
An international team contest in mathematical modeling at which thousands
of teams from institutions around the world participate each year.
Faculty sponsorship is available for interested and
qualified teams of UIUC undergraduates.
During the last four years three of our teams received a "Meritorious Winner"
designation (top 7%), and twelve have received an "Honorable Mention".

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 1 pm  4 pm, 314 Altgeld Hall:
UI Undergraduate Math Contest.
The main contest event in the spring semester.
PRIZE MONEY: Up to $300 in prize money to the top scorer(s).
REGISTRATION:
http://go.illinois.edu/mathcontestregistration
News and Announcements

Results of the 2018 Virginia Tech Math Contest.
Twentyone UI students participated
in the
Virginia Tech Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Contest (VTRMC),
a Putnamstyle contest held October 27, 2018.
Stephen Fan was the topranking local participant, placing 70th
overall among the 792 participants at this contest. He was followed by
Ziyi Chen and Jason Xia, who placed 74th and 105th overall.

2018 UI Fall Math Contest Results.
The first two contest events of the 2018/19 academic year, the Freshman
Math Contest and the UI Mock Putnam Exam, were both held on Oct. 13, 2018.
The top three spots on the Freshman Contest went to
Jason Xia, Albert Cao, and Letian Zheng.
The Mock Putnam Exam was won by Ziyi Chen, with
Jason Xia in second place and Samuel Guo and Alan
Hu tied for third place.
See the above link for
more information, and links to contest problems and solutions.
 Results of the 2017 Putnam
Competition.
Thirtythree UI students participated in the 2017 Putnam Contest, held
December 2, 2017. Five UI students made the "Top 500" list, placing in the
top 11%. The UI Putnam Team placed 41st among the over five
hundred participating colleges and universities. For more details click
on the above link.

Results of the 2018
U of I Undergraduate Math Contest.
The 2018 UI Undergraduate Math Contest was held February 17, 2018. The
contest was won by Jiachen Liu, a Sophomore in Computer Science.
Ziyi Chen, a Junior in Mathematics, and Zhihan Xiong, a Senior in
Physics, tied for second place. See the above link for more information
and links to contest problems and solutions.
The William Lowell Putnam Competition
The William Lowell Putnam Competition
is an annual math contest for undergraduates sponsored by the Mathematical
Association of America. It has been called the "world's toughest math test",
and is widely considered as the most prestigious contest of its kind.
More than 4000 students from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada participate in this contest each year.
The Putnam competition is held simultaneously at participating universities, usually on the first Saturday of December.
The Putnam competition consists of a morning session and an afternoon session of three hours each. In each session, six problems are
to be solved. The problems are graded on a 0  10 point scale, for a maximal score of 120 points.
The problems are challenging and require considerable ingenuity and insight, but little technical knowledge
beyond high school mathematics. It is extremely rare that a contestant solves all 12 problems. For example, in the 1996 Putnam competition, the highest score was
98 points, and a score of 10 (the equivalent of a single problem solved correctly) would have placed a contestant among the top third of all
2400 participants! The highest ranking participants from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign in recent years have earned scores in the 40  60 point range and
ranked in the top 100.
The Putnam competition is open to all regularly enrolled undergraduate students; for details on how to enter click on
the link below. In addition to the individual competition, there is also a team competition among participating colleges. The team rank of a college
is determined by the scores of three participants from that college who
have to be named in advance. The team members will, of course, still be
ranked as individual contestants. The 25 highest scoring individuals and
the five highest scoring teams receive monetary awards. While the
University of Illinois team has not made it into the money ranks in
recent history (the closest we got were an 8th place in
1975 and a 9th place in 2015), during the past ten years two of our
students (YiWei Chan in 2009 and Haidong Gong in 2015) placed in the top
25 in the individual competition and earned $250.
Local contests
Results of these contests are available at the following link:
History of local contests.
For problems and solutions see the
UI Math Contest Problem Archive.

The UI Mock Putnam Exam.
The UI Mock Putnam Exam is a local version of the Putnam Exam, held each year in early fall. It is similar in format and
content to the Putnam competition, but the problems are somewhat easier. The Mock Putnam Exam serves as a practice
test for the Putnam Exam, and a key tool in the selection of the U of I Putnam Team. Prizes of up to $300 are available to the top scorer(s).

The UI Freshman Math Contest.
A recent addition to the local math contest offerings, the UI Freshman Math
Contest is held in early fall in conjunction with the UI Mock Putnam Exam.
Somewhat easier than the Mock Putnam Exam and restricted to Freshmen, the UI
Freshman Contest provides incoming students an opportunity to show their problem
solving skills in direct competition against their peers.

The UI Undergraduate Math Contest.
Formerly known as the "Orange and Blue Contest", the UI Undergraduate Math Contest is a longrunning, locally organized problems
contest, held in the spring semester. Prizes of up to $300 await the top scorer(s).
The UI Putnam Newsletter
The UI Putnam Newsletter is an email newsletter containing announcements about
the Putnam competition and other contestrelated activities at the U of I. The mailing list for the
newsletter is maintained by Professor Hildebrand; to be put on this mailing list, send an email to ajh@illinois.edu
with your email address (i.e., NetID) at illinois.edu. Put "Putnam Mailing List" in the subject line.
Note: This is a local newsletter, with announcements of local events and activities that would be of little interest
to those not at the U of I. To keep the mailing list manageable, it is restricted to U of I students and faculty, and an illinois.edu address
is required.
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