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A team of students compete in the Putnam Exam

Each year around 4000 students take the exam and oftentimes more than half the students who take the exam score a 0 out of 120.

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In December 2018, a group of 7 Montclair State students participated in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition (the Putnam Exam). This exam is the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate university students in the USA and Canada. The students participating in the 6 hour exam (pictured left to right) were Caldwell University student Saroj Niruala and MSU students  Matthew Inglese, Paulo Dos Santos Ferreira, Thomson Kneeland, Phillip Pender, Nick Molinaro, Katherine Ruddy, Cheyenne Petzold. The team was coached by mathematics professors Dr. Deepak Bal and Dr. Jon Cutler.
Students who perform well receive scholarships and past winners have gone on to win Nobel prizes and Fields Medals, the most prestigious prize in mathematics. If you are interested in participating in the exam in Demember 2019, please contact Dr. Bal, deepak.bal@montclair.edu.