SUSU Students Once Again Participate Successfully at the Putnam Mathematical Competition


The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the main mathematical competition for students from the USA and Canada. The founder and organizer is the Mathematical Association of America. By tradition (beginning in 1938!) the competition is held annually on the first Saturday of December and brings together around 2500 students from the USA and Canada. The competition is held across two three-hour sessions, where 6 problems are presented to be solved.

Beginning in 2008, a number of European countries have been holding “mirrors” of this competition. Students solve the same problems by the same rules, but the work is not checked by an American jury but rather an independent European jury.

Last December the Putnam Mathematical Competition was held for the 77th time, and in the European mirror around 250 students from Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Finland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, and Turkmenistan took part. The competition included students from Moscow, St Petersburg, Samara, Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Pavlodar, Obninsk, and Chelyabinsk.

The international jury checked the work carefully and for a long time, and determined the criteria for awarding diplomas to the winners and runners-up..

This year, all of the students representing SUSU at the competition earned awards:

  • Ravil Hairullin (ET-122) – 1st degree diploma;
  • Mikhail Evgenyev (ET-212) – 2nd degree diploma;
  • Marina Vasilenko (ET-312) – 2nd degree diploma.

The coordinator for holding the competition in Chelyabinsk was associate professor of applied mathematics and programming Aleksander Evnin.

Aleksander Evnin
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