Department Held Fourth Mathematics Prize Competition

Every year the Western Michigan University Department of Mathematics holds a Mathematics Prize Competition where undergraduate students from all of the University’s majors and disciplines are invited to compete. The goal of the one-day competition is to measure raw talent and is designed to tap into students’ creative problem solving skills.

The winners represent WMU in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, which hosts about 4,000 undergraduate participants in the United States and Canada each December.

This year the Department of Mathematics held its fourth Mathematics Prize Competition Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. A total of 14 students from various disciplines participated. The event was organized by Drs. Patrick Bennett, Andrzej Dudek and David Richter. A recognition ceremony was held Friday, Nov. 15 during the Math Club meeting and the winners were announced by Dr. Heather Petcovic, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Competition flier


2019 winners

• First place prize of $500: Hardik Oswal

• Second place prize of $300: Sagar Khadka

• Third place prize of $200: Mike Vasenkov

• Fourth place prize of $100: Bharat Goel

• Fifth place prize of $50: Yonatan Beyene

The Department of Mathematics is very proud of the students' hard work and success!

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