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November 24, 1999
LOCAL STUDENT TO COMPETE IN
WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM MATHEMATICAL COMPETITION
Brandan Yares of Brooklyn Park is one of nine students from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) who will compete in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition on Saturday, December 4, 1999. Yares is a junior, computer engineering major at Tech. The Putnam is perhaps the most prestigious mathematical competition for undergraduate students in the United States and Canada. Last year over 2500 students from over 400 schools took the Putnam.
The exam consists of 12 problems worth 10 points each for a total of 120 points. Typically about 1/ 3 of the students who take the exam get a score of 0. Receiving a score of 20 is usually sufficient to make the list of the top 500 students that is sent to graduate schools across the country. The exam is constructed to test originality as well as technical competence. Questions will be included that cut across the bounds of various disciplines, and self- contained questions that do not fit into any of the usual categories.
“ I think the fact that our students are willing to compete shows that our Mathematics program is strong and that our students are eager to challenge themselves,” said Dr. Ed Corwin, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science.
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition began in 1938 and is designed to stimulate a healthful rivalry in mathematics among colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Mr. William Lowell Putnam had a profound conviction in the value of organized team competition among undergraduate students. After Putnam’s death, his widow created a trust fund which supported the first Putnam competition, and it has continued ever since.
The other students competing from the School of Mines and their hometowns include Nathanael Reid, Kennewick, WA; Preston Schneider, Rapid City; Brenda Manley, Hawesville, KY; Kathleen Peterson, Rapid City; Jamil Higgins, Rapid City; Richard Stevens, Rapid City; Ryan Mayer, Rapid City; and Jason Israelson, Sturgis.
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