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UCLA Putnam Team Ranks Number Twelve in the U.S. and Canada

Ciprian Manolescu with UCLA Putnam students Tudor Padurariu, Cheng Mao, Michael Burks, Bingfeng Lu, Daniel Montealegre and Francisc Bozgan

In the December 2011 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition the UCLA team ranked 12th out of 460 institutional teams. A total of 4,440 students from 572 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada participated in the competition. UCLA's three-member team included undergraduate mathematics students Francisc Bozgan, Cheng Mao and Tudor Padurariu. UCLA Mathematics Associate Professor Ciprian Manolescu led the UCLA team to its best ranking since 1970. Padurariu (43 points, ranked 40 overall) and Mao (35 points, ranked 78 overall) received Honorable Mentions for their individual scores. Other high ranking UCLA students included Michael Burks (30 points, ranked 142 overall), Daniel Montealegre (21 points, ranked 276 overall) and Bingfeng Lu (20 points, ranked 316 overall). Twenty-five UCLA students participated in the competition. The six-hour annual Putnam exam competition began in 1938 and is designed to stimulate a healthy rivalry in undergraduate mathematical studies across the U.S. and Canada.

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