Students take on the “hardest math test in the world”

Putnam math test group Oglethorpe students again chose to take the “hardest math test in the world.”

Even with finals right around the corner, six Petrels faced the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition on Saturday, December 1.

Around 4,000 undergraduates participate in the competition each year. The participants work individually on six challenging math problems over two three-hour sessions, 12 total problems for the day, and are scored both individually and as an institution, with Oglethorpe students competing in three-person teams. Cash prizes are awarded to top individual scorers, top teams and top female performance.

Time Magazine calls the competition an annual “coming-out party for the next generation of beautiful minds” and says “a high score on the Putnam can fast-track a young mathematician’s career, and a team win can put a math department on the map.”

This year, Agbolade Akande ’19, Robert Dougherty-Bliss ’19, Kaitlyn Harysch ’19, Miguel Lara ’19, Parrish Studebaker ’22, and Christina Minor ’20 all competed. Akande, Dougherty-Bliss, and Harysch also participated in last year’s competition.

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