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Strong results for the University of Waterloo team at the 2018 Putnam Competition

Friday, March 1, 2019

The Waterloo team placed 10th at the recent William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition. The team members were Albert Gevorgyan, Anzo Teh, and Fengyang Wang. Both Gevorgyan and Wang are also Michael and Ophelia Olympiad Scholarship winners.

A total of 24 Waterloo students were among the top 500 contestants, and five of them are also Olympiad Scholarship winners. Gevorgyn scored a 73 in the competition, which placed him in the top 35 contestants. Four other Waterloo students were among the top 100 contestants and received honorable mentions: Richard Kang, Gian Cordana Sanjaya (Olympiad Scholarship winner), Kai Sun (Olympiad Scholarship winner), and Zhenyuan Zhang.

  • Michael Pang, Anzo Teh (Olympiad Scholarship winner), and Jason Yuen placed between 101 and 200.
  • Nicholas Sun, Reyno Tilikaynen, and Fengyang Wang placed between 201 and 300.
  • Sina Abbasi, Clive Chan, Robert Cummings, and Ruben Partono placed between 301 and 400.

The other students to complete the competition included: Felix Bauckholt (Olympiad Scholarship winner), Shi Zhe (Hunter) Hong, Anton Iliashenko, Yixhe Liu, Jihanjie Luo, Frieda Rong, Wanchun Shen, Timothy Wahyudi (Olympiad Scholarship winner), and Xinyu (Lily) Wang.

Since 1968, the University of Waterloo has participated and placed well in the annual competition for universities from Canada and the United States. Widely considered the most prestigious mathematical competition in the world, each institution sends an official team of three students and undergraduate students may compete individually as well. Several Waterloo students were recognized as a Putnam Fellow (one of the top five ranked students in the competition), over the years.

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