UNLV Math Competitions
The mathematical competition activities at UNLV consist of a semester-long workshop on problem solving, the Annual UNLV Mathematical Competition, and the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. The local version of the Putnam exam is open to all undergraduate students at UNLV. The competition is typically held during the fall term in October.
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition
The William Lowell Putnam
Mathematical Competition is the premier mathematical competition
for undergraduates in North America. This annual contest began in 1938 and is designed to
stimulate a healthful rivalry in mathematical studies in the colleges and universities in the
United States and Canada. It is administered by the
Mathematical Association of America
and attracts a large number of contestants from nearly 500 colleges and universities across North
America. It is usually held on the first Saturday of December and consists of two three-hour
sessions of six problems each. The problems are challenging and require considerable
ingenuity and insight, but little technical knowledge beyond calculus. In addition to
individual competition, the participating colleges are ranked based on the performance of
their three-member teams.