Back Row: Ufuk Kanat, Tudor Padurariu
Middle Row: Zhongnan Li, Professor Ciprian Manolescu
Front Row: Dillon Zhi, Francisc Bozgan, Man Cheung Tsui, Peihao Sun
UCLA's team placed 3rd out of 402 institutional teams in the 2012 William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition, surpassing last year's 12th place, and tied with its best-ever performance from 1968. The team was composed of UCLA undergraduates Xiangyi Huang, Tudor Padurariu, and Dillon Zhi, and was coached by UCLA Mathematics Professor Ciprian Manolescu.
In the individual competition, Tudor Padurariu (#11 in the nation) and Xiangyi Huang (#18) will be awarded prizes from the Putnam Committee, and Francisc Bozgan will receive honorable mention. Other top-ranked scorers from UCLA were Derek Jung, Ufuk Kanat, Zhongnan Li, Cheng Mao, Peihao Sun, Man Cheung Tsui, Tianyi Zhang, Dillon Zhi. Twenty-nine UCLA undergraduates participated in the six-hour annual Putnam exam competition. The competition began in 1938 and is designed to stimulate a healthy rivalry in undergraduate mathematical studies across the U.S. and Canada.