Undergraduate Mathematics Competitions

Competition Practice Sessions

 Math majors, please check your email November 2021 for a message about F21 Problem Solving sessions!

Email ugrad@math.umn.edu if you need more information.


William Lowell Putnam competition

From the official Putnam website regarding the 82nd Putnam Competition: "The competition will return this year to its standard format after a year curtailed by the pandemic. We will again have an individual competition and a team competition, with awards and prizes... The competition will take place on Saturday, December 4, proctored in-person on campuses across the US and Canada... By registering, participants are assigned a Putnam Identification Number (PIN), which they will need in order to participate in the competition on December 4... Participants can start registering now by clicking here, provided that the local supervisor from their institution has already registered. Please note that the supervisor approval may take up to 5 business days."

The Putnam competition consists of a morning session and an afternoon session. Students work individually. The competition is nationwide. Students need to register in order to compete. Please see the official Putnam website for additional competition information, regulations, and problem archive from the 81st Putnam competiton.

MAA/NCS team competition

The North Central section of the Mathematical Association of America holds a team competition that takes place each year (usually on a Saturday in mid-November). This competition has been renamed the Jerry Heuer Team Competition."The twenty-fourth annual Heuer NCS Team contest is scheduled for (date TBD) from 9 am to noon.  The next Team competition will take place in 2022." Please go to the MAA/NCS team competition webpage for updates.

The competition itself is three hours for ten problems. Students are organized into teams of three or two students, and work collaboratively. The competition consists of other teams from the Midwest and Canada.

Other Competitions

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Winona State University hosts the Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC).


The Student Chapter of SIAM at UMN  coordinates participation in both local and international competitions.


Additional Information


Please email ugrad@math.umn.edu with your questions, if they are not addressed by the links above.