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84th William Lowell Putnam Press Release



84th William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Successfully Engages Undergraduate Minds on December 2nd.


February 23, 2024 - The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, renowned as the pinnacle of mathematical prowess among undergraduate students in the United States and Canada, successfully concluded its 84th annual event on Saturday, December 2nd. This prestigious competition brought together some of the brightest minds from colleges and universities across the continent.



Established in 1938, the Putnam Competition started as a friendly rivalry between mathematics departments at various academic institutions. Over the years, it has evolved into the foremost university-level mathematics examination globally, attracting participants eager to test their problem-solving skills against the most challenging mathematical conundrums.

The competition format remained rigorous yet thrilling, with participants engaging in two intense 3-hour sessions - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each session presented contestants with six intricate mathematical problems requiring ingenuity, creativity, and a deep understanding of mathematical principles to solve.

One of the distinguishing features of the Putnam Competition is its unique blend of individual and team dynamics. While participants tackled problems independently, the competition fostered a collaborative spirit among institutions. Prizes were awarded to individuals with the highest scores and to the mathematics departments of the top-performing institutions.

The excitement of the 84th Putnam Competition extended beyond the event itself, with notable highlights including the recognition of outstanding achievements:

Five individuals attained the prestigious title of Putnam Fellows, the highest-ranking participants in the competition. Each Putnam Fellow was awarded $2,500 in recognition of their exceptional performance. The Putnam Fellows for the 84th competition were Ankit Bisain, Papon Lapate, Luke Robitaille, Kevin Cong, and Andrew Gu.

Additionally, ten individuals closely following behind the Putnam Fellows were acknowledged for their outstanding performance, each receiving a $250 award.

The Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize, a distinguished honor accompanied by a $1,000 prize, was bestowed upon an exceptional participant, Isabella Zhu.

Further, recognition was given to the winning teams, representing five distinguished institutions. Each team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Duke University, Stanford University, and the University of Toronto earned substantial awards and recognition for their outstanding performances. These teams showcased exemplary collaboration and problem-solving skills, embodying the spirit of excellence that the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition seeks to cultivate.

We are pleased to extend our congratulations to all participants. This event celebrated academic excellence and fostered a vibrant mathematical community that continues to push the boundaries of innovation and discovery. For more detailed information, please read the Announcement Of Winners Fall 2023, which provides a comprehensive list of the winning teams, Putnam Fellows, participants earning honorable mentions, teams earning honorable mentions, and the Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize winner.

Additionally, we would like to extend our gratitude to the Putnam Problems Committee, contributors of additional problems for the competition, and the competition leadership for their dedication and hard work in ensuring the event's success. Their commitment to fostering mathematical talent and intellectual growth is instrumental in maintaining the high standards of the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.

For more information about the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, including registration details and competition guidelines, please visit



About the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition:

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the premier mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in the United States and Canada. Held annually since 1938, the competition challenges participants to solve complex mathematical problems, fostering intellectual growth and academic excellence within the mathematical community.