Putnam Mathematical Competition, 2003

Results of previous Putnam Competitions
The 2002 Putnam Competition
The 2001 Putnam Competition
The 2000 Putnam Competition
The 1999 Putnam Competition
The 1998 Putnam Competition
The 1997 Putnam Competition
The 1996 Putnam Competition
The 1995 Putnam Competition

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual event, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, in which undergraduate students at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada are asked to solve difficult problems in mathematics.

The sixty-fourth Putnam Competition was held on Saturday, December 6, 2003. It consisted of two examinations, each comprising six problems. Examination A was given in the morning, Examination B in the afternoon. Students were given three hours for each examination and could attempt any or all of the six problems.

Twenty-five Grinnell undergraduates competed this year: Jonathan Wellons, Matthew Bond, Doug Babcock, Norman Perlmutter, Christine Oehlert, Zelealem Yilma, John Edwards, Kate Kearney, Brett McMillian, Paul Heider, Mike Claveria, Devdatti Kulkarni, Choedpong Khannabha, Kate Thomas, Kaitlyn Ryan, Erin Booth, Jennifer Karam, Omondi Kasidhi, Josh Shireman, Joseph Jankolovits, and Justin Wallace. Wellons, Bond, and Babcock made up our institutional team.


The Grinnell team ranked 15th among the 479 institutional teams -- our highest ranking ever. Jonathan Wellons, Matthew Bond, Doug Babcock, Norman Perlmutter, Christine Oehlert, and Zelealem Yilma were individually cited in the MAA summary, respectively ranking at positions 180, 278, 403.5, 403.5, 403.5, and 465.5 among the 3615 contestants.

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