2022 William Lowell Putnam Math Competition

Nineteen UML students spent six hours on December 3, 2022 competing in the 83rd annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition. Every year, thousands of students in the United States and Canada enter the competition. In each of two 3-hour sessions, they work on six difficult problems without the aide of any technology. One of the problems this year was

Let n be an integer greater than or equal to 2. Over all real polynomials p(x) of degree n, what is the largest possible number of negative coefficients of p(x)2?

Students working in the morning session.

Student solutions are graded by a committee of the Mathematical Association of America and results will be announce in a few months. They will appear on the Putnam Archive: https://kskedlaya.org/putnam-archive/. Professor Kenneth Levasseur supervised the competition at UML.

UML Participation in the 2019 William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition

UML Students working on the Putnam.

What a way to spend your Saturday! Get yourself to campus for 10 AM and work on six math problems for three hours. Then after a two hour break, spend another three hours of six more problems. That’s what thousands of undergraduate students throughout the US and Canada, including 34 UMass Lowell students, did on December 7 to take part in the 2019 William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition.

The competition, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, took place concurrently throughout the US and Canada. Last year,  4,623 students from 568 institutions participated. There were two 3 hour sessions, each with six problems. As usual, the problems were tough. Here is probably the easiest of them:

Determine all possible values of the expression
A3 +B3 +C3 – 3 A B C,
where A, B, and C are nonnegative integers.

A complete list of problems: 2019 Putnam Problems

Professor Kenneth Levasseur served as supervised competition at UML.   Thanks to the Honors College for providing refreshments for the students on the day of the event.

Results will be announced in late March.

Cho and Schille recognized for outstanding teaching

The winners of the 2017 Teaching Excellence Awards in Mathematical Sciences are Min Hyung Cho and Theresa Schille.

Min Hyung Cho


Min Hyung Cho (Ph. D.  UNC Charlotte 2005)  is completing his second year at UML. He teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses. His research focuses on developing fast computational algorithms for wave scattering such as Maxwell’s equations and Helmholtz equation.



Theresa Schille

Theresa Schille (B. S. UMass Lowell, 1992, M. S. UMass Lowell 1994) is completing her sixth year as a Lecturer in the Mathematical Sciences.  She has taught calculus and precalculus courses in the day, evening and industrial settings.

Congratulations to both Min Hyung and Theresa on this well-deserved honor!


Math Majors stand out at the Uteach Conference in Austin

The 2014 UTeach conference at the University of Texas Ausin brought together faculty, students and staff from 40 universities with UTeach programs and five universities aspiring to build a UTeach program. The UMass Lowell UTeach team included two UML math majors, Erinn McLaughlin and John Romano.

ErinnMcLaughlin, togetherwithMichelle Scribner-MacLean(Graduate College of Education) and William Morton (Lowell NationalHistoricalPark), described how she and her classmates teamed with the National Park to create science and math projects for high school students. The work was part of the requiredUTeachcourse, Project Based Instruction.


At a poster session that included dozens of student submissions, John Romano won the best student poster for a research project for the work he did as an intern with M2D2 and Lowell High School. Erinn also displayed a poster on the mathematics of water wheels.


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