The 2016 Putnam Exam
The Putnam Exam is a national mathematics exam, taken by college and university students in the United States and Canada each December. Only the very best students from each school participate, and it is an honor to be chosen to compete in the Putnam. Six problems are presented in the morning three-hour session and six in the afternoon session, each scored on the basis of ten points. The questions are difficult; in many years, the median score by individuals is 0 out of 120 points. In 2016, the median individual score was 1 point. Three-person teams are chosen by the Putnam advisor at each university, but other students may take part on an individual basis. This year, six students from the University of Alabama participated in the Putnam Exam; the students involved were Connor Malin, Calvin Bryant, Qiangang Fu, John Deeble, Peyton Morris, and Jeremy Cummings, supervised by Professor Moore. The team members scored a total of 13 points on the Exam, and the top three scorers from the University totaled 32 points. We are very proud of all our contestants, and we want to wish them well again next year!