Results of the 2021 UI Fall Math Contests

After more than a year of only offering unofficial online contests with no prizes awarded, we returned to an in-person contest format with the UI Freshman Contest and the UI Mock Putnam Exam, held back-to-back on October 30, 2021.

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. Ruzhang Yang, the UI's top scorer on the 2019 Putnam Exam, placed first, followed by Adithya Jain in second place, and Pavle Vuksanovic in third place.

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 Alex Jin, followed by Praneet Rathi in second place. Taiki Aiba, Adrian Calinescu, and Anh Nam Phung received Honorable Mentions for placing third.

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