LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas team placed 61st out of 447 teams in the Mathematical Association of America's William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. Called one of the toughest math competitions in the world, the Putnam exam is a mathematics competition open to all regularly enrolled undergraduates in colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. KU's team consisted of Daniel Knight, a senior in mathematics from Lawrence, Trevor Scheopner, a junior in mathematics and physics from Wichita, and Robert Winslow, a senior in computer science and mathematics from Olathe.
Trevor was the highest scoring student from KU ranking within the top 453 out of 4,275 participants. Other top scoring students from KU were Lawrence Chen, a senior in chemical engineering and mathematics from Lawrence, and Chris Mayo, a senior in mathematics from Clay Center. The students were presented with cash awards at the mathematics department's honors banquet on April 26.
Jeremy Martin, associate professor of mathematics, and Terry Soo, assistant professor of mathematics, conducted training sessions for the Putnam exam. Mathew Johnson, assistant professor of mathematics, was the coach for KU's participants.