The 2017 Putnam examination was given on Saturday, December 2, 2017; UBC had 17 students participate (as well as graciously hosting two University of Waterloo students who were working in Vancouver this semester).

  • Three UBC students—Jeffrey Dawson, Heng (Henry) Xia, and Sina Saleh—placed in the top 200 (out of a total of 4638 participants).
  • Overall, UBC had 6 students place in the top 10% of all competitors, and 10 students scoring at least 8 points (on an exam where the median was 0!).
  • UBC's team placed 11th among the 575 participating universities and colleges.

Congratulations to all of our competitors! If you took the Putnam, you can find your score and rank online.


Putnam practice sessions are held every Tuesday from 12:30–2:00 PM during the fall semester; they will start again in September 2018. (Details will be posted in early September.) The faculty advisor through 2017 was Greg Martin. The math department's Putnam FAQ has more information, as does the official Putnam web site.