University of Toronto team places 5th in Putnam Competition

February 26, 2024 by Department of Mathematics

Results from the 2023 Putnam Math Competition were released last week. The Putnam is the premier undergraduate mathematics competition in North America, and (according to Wikipedia) “is widely considered to be the most prestigious university-level mathematics competition in the world”. This year, 3,857 students at 471 institutions participated in the Putnam. The average score was approximately 13 out of a possible 120, and the median score was 10. Our team (Ethan Bottomley-Mason, Michael Li, and Zhiyuan Li) placed  5th overall, making the U of T the best-performing public university, as well as the top Canadian university.  Our highest scorer, Michael Li, ranked 14th, and Ethan Bottomley-Mason and Zhiyuan Li ranked 125th and 154th, respectively. Another U of T student scored in the top 200, 2 more in the top 300, 3 more in the top 400, and 2 more in the top 500. Many congratulations to all of them!!
Also, thanks and congratulations are in order to the faculty and postdocs who volunteered to help by leading one or more of the sessions, namely Stefanos Aretakis (2 sessions), Tristan Collins, Duncan Dauvergne, Jacopo de Simoi, Malors Espinosa Lara,  Bernardo Galvao-Sousa (1 session plus logistic help in the exam), Jamal Kawach (1 session plus logistic help in the exam), Myrto Mavraki, Emmy Murphy, Kasra Rafi, Joe Repka, Arul Shankar, Hunter Spink (2 sessions), Giulio Tiozzo, Jacov Tsimerman, Balint Virag, to the (as of now unknown list of) faculty and volunteers who will help in the March recruitment session, and to the local coach, Ignacio Uriarte-Tuero. 
The announcement of results and problems are provided for your enjoyment.