William Lowell Putnam Competition
Designed for mathematics and physical science majors in colleges and universities, this examination tests originality as well as technical competence. Contestants should be familiar with the formal theories embodied in undergraduate mathematics.   This competition is held each December.

Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems. The contest attracts diverse students and faculty advisors from over 500 institutions around the world.  This competition takes place over a five-day period each February.

The Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM), an international contest for high school students and college undergraduates. ICM is an extension of the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). It is designed to develop and advance interdisciplinary problem-solving skills as well as competence in written communication.  This competition is held concurrently with the MCM.

Students of all majors, but especially mathematics, are encouraged to participate in one or more of these competitions.   Informal seminars meet weekly to prepare students for these competitions.  For more information please contact Professors Zhu-qi Lu at


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