The 2016 Putnam examination was given on Saturday, December 3, 2016; UBC had 20 students participate.

  • Two UBC students, Jeffrey Dawson and Stefan Bamberger, placed in the top 200 participants.
  • Overall, UBC had 12 students place in the top 20% of all competitors, scoring at least 19 points (on an exam where the median was 1!).
  • UBC's team placed 35th among the 415 universities and colleges having Putnam teams.

Congratulations to all of our competitors!

An organizational meeting for the 2017 Putnam practice sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 12 from 12:30–1:30 PM in room 107 of the Frederic Lasserre building (LASR). Anyone who is even potentially interested in the Putnam contest, or wants to find out more, is welcome to attend.


Putnam practice sessions are held every Tuesday from 12:30–2:00 PM during the fall semester; they will start again in September 2017. (Details will be posted in early September.) The faculty advisor is Greg Martin. The math department's Putnam FAQ has more information, as does the official Putnam web site.

All students are welcome to log in at any time to the Putnam registration system and update their yes/maybe/no decisions about taking the Putnam examination.