The **UI Freshman Math Contest** is an entry level contest that provides
freshmen an opportunity to show their problem solving skills in direct
competition against their peers. First offered in 2011, this contest
has been spectacularly successful and it is now the most popular of our
local math contests, with 40 students participating this year.
**Haidong Gong**, a Freshman in Mathematics, and **Xinglun Li**, a
Freshman in Physics, both earned a perfect score and shared the top prize
in this year's edition of this contest; **Tong Li**, a Freshman in
Chemistry, was the runner-up.

The **UI Mock Putnam Exam** is a long-running local version of the
Putnam Exam, a nationwide math contest for undergraduates that has been
dubbed the "world's toughest math test". The exam consists of six
challenging math problems, similar in nature to problems on Putnam
contests, but a bit easier. The winner of this year's edition was
**Luvsandondov Lkhamsuren**, a Sophomore in Computer Science and the
runner-up in last year's Freshman Math Contest. In second place was
**Yijun Cheng**, a senior in Mathematics. **Haidong Gong**, a
Freshman in Mathematics and co-winner of the UI Freshman Math Contest,
and **Moon Lee**, a Senior in Mathematics, tied for third place.

The contests are organized by Professor **A.J. Hildebrand** and graduate
student **M. Tip Phaovibul.**

Problems and solutions from the fall contests are available at the links below.

- Freshman Math Contest Problems.
- Solutions to Freshman Math Contest.
- Mock Putnam Exam.
- Solutions to Mock Putnam Exam.