YSU Team Ranked Top 34 percent in Putnam Competition

The results from December’s William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition are in, and the YSU team consisting of six students — Josiah Banks, Michael Baker, Joseph Gantz, Eric Shahadi, Jenna Wise, and Kevin McLane — places in the top 34 percent of all schools that competed.

The competition had 4,320 participants from 577 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

Winners of the Putnam Competition receive scholarships and cash prizes, and one of the top five individuals receives tuition remission for graduate studies at Harvard. This competition is considered the most prestigious university mathematics competition, with an average score of 0 points out of a possible 120. The competition was founded in 1927, and as of 2010 there have only been four perfect scores.

Of the 4,320 participants, about 1,500 received a score of zero. Joseph Gantz was ranked in the top 44 percent; Michael Baker was ranked in the top 38 percent, and Josiah Banks was ranked in the top 33 percent. Josiah had a total score of 11.

YSU STEM wants to congratulate the YSU team for doing so well!