History of UI Math Contests

The UI Undergraduate Math Contest.
Held in the spring semester of each year, the UI Undergraduate Math Contest
is the longest running local math problems competition. It originated as the
"Orange and Blue Contest", a twotier competition consisting of an "Orange
Contest" for students in calculus, and a "Blue Contest" for students who have
completed the calculus sequence. In the mid 1990s, these contests were
consolidated into a single "UI Undergraduate Math Contest". Later a prize
purse was added, with prizes of up to $300 awarded to the top scorers.

The UI Fall Math Contests.
In the fall of each year, two local contests are offered, the UI Mock Putnam
Exam and the UI Freshman Math Contest.

The UI Mock Putnam Exam
is a longrunning
local version of the infamous Putnam Exam, known as the
"world's toughest math test". It serves as a practice test for the Putnam Exam,
and a key tool in the selection of the UI Putnam Team. The UI Mock Putnam
Exam originated as a series of informal practice tests that could be taken in
class or as takehome tests. In 2008, it was beefed up to a formal inclass
contest, held under conditions similar to the Putnam Exam, with substantial
monetary awards awaiting the winner(s).

The UI Freshman Math Contest,
was first offered in 2011, and is now turned into the most popular among
our local contests. Somewhat easier than the UI 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.

UI Math Contest Problems Archive.
Links to problems and solutions to local math contests over the past
twenty years. Over thirty contests, with a combined total of nearly two
hundred problems, are available,
UI Math Contest Winners
Click on the links below for additional information and writeups
about recent contests, and contest problems and solutions.
 2022 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Tianyue Cao, Ivan Chen (tie)
 2021 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: Ruzhang Yang
 Second Prize: Adithya Jain
 Third Prize: Pavle Vuksanovic
 2021 Freshman Math Contest
 First Prize: Alex Jin
 Second Prize: Praneet Rathi
 Honorable Mention: Taiki Aiba, Adrian Calinescu, Anh Nam
Phung

2021 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Pavle Vuksanovic
 Second Prize: Alexander Ristich
 2020 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Place: Pavle Vuksanovic
 Second Place: Dinglong Wang
 Third Place: Alexander Ristich
 2020 Freshman Math Contest
 First Place: Dinglong Wang
 Second Place: Aaron Cho

2020 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Kieran Kaempen
 Second Prize: Alexander Ristich, Pavle Vuksanovic (tie)
 2019 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: Ziyi Chen
 Second Prize: Erin Kim
 Third Prize: Hongyi Chen
 2019 Freshman Math Contest
 First Prize: Alexander Ristich
 Second Prize: Pavle Vuksanovic, Yipeng Yang, Ruzhang Yang (tie)

2019 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Zihan Wang
 Second Prize: Alan Hu
 Third Prize: Kyungmo Ryu
 2018 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: Ziyi Chen
 Second Prize: Jason Xia
 Third Prize: Sam Guo, Alan Hu (tie)
 2018 Freshman Math Contest
 First Prize: Jason Xia
 Second Prize: Albert Cao, Letian Zheng (tie)

2018 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Jiacheng Liu
 Second Prize: Ziyi Chen, Zhihan Xiong (tie)
 2017 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: Ziyi Chen
 Second Prize: Linda Cai
 Third Prize: Phillip Harris
 2017 Freshman Math Contest
 First Prize: Alan Hu
 Second Prize: Guangkuo Liu
 Third Prize: Kieran Kaempen, Jiaqi Qin (tie)
 2017 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Yewen Fan
 Second Prize: Junghyun Hwang
 2016 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: Phillip Harris
 Second Prize: Ki Wang
 Third Prize: Thien Le
 2016 Freshman Math Contest
 First Prize: Mark Cao
 Second Prize: Zhekun Zhang
 Third Prize: Ki Wang
 2016 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Yewen Fan
 Second Prize: Phillip Harris
 2015 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: Haidong Gong
 Second Prize: Zehan Chao
 Third Prize: Yewen Fan
 2015 Freshman Math Contest
 First Prize: Yunyi Zhang
 Second Prize: Shiliang Gao
 Third Prize: Yuchen Li

2015 Illinois Integration Bee
 Cowinners: Liming Wang, Yi Xuan
 2015 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Haidong Gong
 Second Prize: Tomas Longeri
 Third Prize: Yiming Huang, Tong Li (tie)
 2014 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: Haidong Gong
 Second Prize: Yifei Li
 Third Prize: Zhaodong Cai
 2014 Freshman Math Contest
 First Prize: Phillip Harris
 Second Prize: William Song
 Honorable Mention: Matthew Cho, Fanbo Xiang
 2014 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Haidong Gong
 Second Prize: Pufan Liu
 2013 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: Luvsandondov Lkhamsuren
 Second Prize: Yijun Cheng
 Third Prize: Haidong Gong, Moon Lee (tie)
 2013 Freshman Math Contest
 First Prize: Haidong Gong, Xinglun Li (tie)
 Second Prize: Tong Li
 2013 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Danyang Zhuo
 Second Prize: Zehan Chao
 2012 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: Brian Freidin, Danyang Zhuo (tie)
 Honorable Mention: Wenmian Hua
 2012 Freshman Math Contest
 First Prize: Chong Han
 Honorable Mention: Luvsandondov Lkhamsuren, Zubin Pahuja
 2012 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Brian Freidin
 Second Prize: Kevin Li and Ding Zhang (tie)
 2011 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: Meng Guo, Wenmian Hua (tie)
 Honorable Mention: Danyang Zhuo
 2011 Freshman Math Contest
 First Prize: Ding Zhang
 Honorable Mention: Fan Fei, Robert Weber
 2011 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Brian Freidin, Danyang Zhuo (tie)
 2010 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: YiWei Chan
 Second Prize: Justin Kopinsky
 Third Prize: Sakulbuth Ekvittayaniphon
 2010 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: YiWei Chan
 Second Prize: Justin Kopinsky
 Third Prize: Sakulbuth Ekvittayaniphon
 2009 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: YiWei Chan, Justin Kopinsky (tie)
 2009 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Justin Kopinsky
 Second Prize: YiWei Chan
 2008 Mock Putnam Exam
 First Prize: Justin Kopinsky
 2008 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Alex Zhai
 Second Prize: Wanrong Zhang
 Third Prize: Michael Nasti, Tiance Wang (tie)
 2007 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Ben Kaduk
 Second Prize: Walter Faig
 2006 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Sander Parawira
 Second Prize: David Grayson, Ian Shipman (tie)
 2005 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: David Grayson, David Klempner, Jay Rauchenstein, Zane
Shi (tie)
 2004 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Vishal Doshi, Wing Ko (tie)
 2003 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Dan Pozdol
 Second Prize: Maria Boca
 Third Prize: Maro Aghazarian
 2002 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Michael Baym
 Second Prize: Ken Scheiwe
 Third Prize: Geoffrey Levine
 Fourth Prize and Rookie Award: Simina Boca
 2001 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Thomas Aref, Michael Baym, Ken Scheiwe (tie)
 2000 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: David Dueber and Ken Scheiwe (tie)
 Third Prize: Kaushik Roy
 1999 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Brad Friedman
 Second Prize: Jim Schneider
 Third Prize: Eiji Aoki
 Fourth Prize: Sham Bhat
 1998 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Sham Bhat, Jeff Callahan, Arthur Edelstein,
Michael Roman, Sandip Roy (tie)
 1997 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Ivan Avromavich
 Second Prize: Eiji Aoki
 1996 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Patrick Keenan
 Second Prize: Ivan Avramovich
 Third Prize: Paul Colucci
 1995 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Tsz Ho Chan
 Second Prize: Ivan Avramovich
 Third Prize: Kwong Lin
 Fourth Prize: Paul Colucci
 1994 Undergraduate Math Contest
 First Prize: Patrick Keenan
 Second Prize: Michael Lee
 Third Prize: Ionel Vasilescu
 1993 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: Jason Hsu
 Blue Contest Winner: D. Srikrishna
 1992 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: Michael Rohr
 Blue Contest Winner: Kevin Foster
 1991 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: Anthony Ye
 Blue Contest Winner: David Beckman
 1990 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: Eric Persson
 Blue Contest Winner: David Beckman
 1989 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: Andrew Cary
 Blue Contest Winner: David Beckman
 1988 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner:
 Blue Contest Winner: David Secrest / David Beckman
 1987 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: Gordon Ye
 Blue Contest Winner: Mark Fritz
 1986 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner:
 Blue Contest Winner:
 1985 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner:
 Blue Contest Winner:
 1984 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner:
 Blue Contest Winner:
 1983 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner:
 Blue Contest Winner:
 1982 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: John Wiegand
 Blue Contest Winner: Chris Habisohn
 1981 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: Ping Lau
 Blue Contest Winner:Chris Eddy / J. Walsh
 1980 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: Jeffrey Fisher
 Blue Contest Winner: Jerome Walsh
 1979 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: Randall Wright
 Blue Contest Winner: Richard LaSota
 1978 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: Craig Smith
 Blue Contest Winner: Richard LaSota
 1977 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: Pat Walker
 Blue Contest Winner: Richard Skora
 1976 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner:
 Blue Contest Winner:
 1975 Undergraduate Math Contest
 Orange Contest Winner: Tyche Sleator
 Blue Contest Winner: Bruce Hajek
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