Undergraduate Mathematics Competitions

Competition Practice Sessions

 Math majors, please check your email during Fall Semester 2022 for a message about F22 Problem Solving sessions!

Email ugrad@math.umn.edu in Fall 2022 if you have questions or need more information at that time.


William Lowell Putnam competition

From the official Putnam website regarding the 83rd 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 3, 2022, 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 3... Participant registration information will be provided in Fall 2022, after 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 competition.

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.