The William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition is an extremely challenging annual competition for undergraduate students. It's a six-hour math exam with only 12 questions, each having a value of 10 points. The median score is often one or two points out of 120!
Typically, four thousand students from about 500 schools in the U.S. and Canada participate in the Putnam Exam. The Bucknell Putnam Team has had great success in recent years, placing 10th in 2004.
9 students took the Putnam; the team was Joe Ruby, Ryan Ward, and Steve Duff.
2009 Putnam Contestants; Mike Lengel, Joe Ruby, Ryan Ward were team members.
23 Bucknell students took the Putnam in 2008 and 14 Bucknell students scored points, breaking the school record. The team, made up of Joe Ruby, Nam Tran and Sohei Yasuda, was ranked eightieth.
11 Bucknell students scored points in 2007, a school record. The team, made up of Ze Jiang, Nam Tran and Sohei Yasuda, was ranked fifty-third.
2007 Putnam Contestants
The 2006 team was made up of Hoang Minh Le, Minh Pham, and Allan Yashinski.
2006 Putnam Contestants
The Bucknell Putnam team in 2005 ranked twenty-first in the nation. The team was made up of Hoang Minh Le, Toan Phan, and Allan Yashinski.
2005 Putnam Contestants
In 2004 Bucknell's Putnam Team scored the highest ever in school history. The team ranked tenth in the competition. The team members were Hoang Minh Le, Toan Phan, and Rob Rhoades.
2004 Putnam Contestants
2004 Putnam Team (Rob Rhoades, Toan Phan, and Hoang Minh Le)
In 2003, the Bucknell Team ranked twenty-ninth in the competition. The team members were Kevin Wilson, Rob Rhoades, and Toan Phan.
2003 Putnam Contestants
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