Results of the 2018 UI Fall Math Contests

A combined 64 students participated in the first contest event of the academic year, the UI Freshman Math Contest, and the UI Mock Putnam Exam, held back-to-back on October 13, 2018.

The UI Freshman Math Contest is an entry level contest that provides freshmen an opportunity to show their problem solving skills in direct competition against their peers. This year's contest was won by Jaxon Xia, followed by Albert Cao and Letian Zheng who tied for Second Prize. Jason and Albert are freshmen in Computer Science, while Letian is a freshman in Mathematics.

The UI Mock Putnam Exam is a long-running local version of the Putnam Exam, a nationwide math contest for undergraduates that has been dubbed the "world's toughest math test". The exam consists of seven challenging math problems, similar in nature to problems on Putnam contests, but a bit easier. First Prize went to Ziyi Chen, a junior in Mathematics and the winner of last year's Mock Putnam Contest. Second Prize went to Jason Xia, while Sam Guo and Alan Hu, sophomores in Computer Science, tied for Third Prize.

The contests are part of the UI Math Contest Program, organized by Professors A.J. Hildebrand and Timur Oikhberg.

Contest problems and solutions are available at the links below.

UI Math Contests Website