COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Alden Bradford and Michael Newsham.


The 75th Annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

WSU Students Alden Bradford and Michael Newsham Compete

The annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is a six hour exam given in two three-hour time periods and consists of twelve extremely difficult mathematical questions worth 10 points each. The exam attracts the best and brightest mathematics majors from across the nation. This year the exam was undertaken by 3,577 undergraduates from over 500 universities and colleges across North America.

On December 6, 2014, two WSU mathematics majors, Alden Bradford and Michael Newsham, competed in the event. Alden Bradford's score was enough to place him in the top 25 percent of scores and Michael Newsham scored in the upper half of all scores. The students worked to prepare for the competition by meeting weekly with mathematics professor Matt Hudelson.