The Putnam exam is a nationwide competitive exam administered each year on the first Saturday in December. A faculty member conducts coaching sessions for students who are interested in competing.
Several prizes for excellence in mathematics are awarded each year to undergraduates, based on performance on a prize exam scheduled each spring. These include:
Columbia College Prizes
THE PROFESSOR VAN AMRINGE MATHEMATICS PRIZE
This prize, established in 1910 by George G. Dewitt, Class of 1867, may be awarded to a first year, a sophomore, and a junior student in the College who are deemed most proficient in the mathematical subjects designated during the year of the award.
THE JOHN DASH VAN BUREN, JR. PRIZE IN MATHEMATICS
Established in 1906 by Mrs. Louis T. Hoyt in memory of her nephew, John Dash Van Buren, Jr., Class of 1905, this prize may be awarded to a Columbia College senior degree candidate who writes the best examination in subjects prescribed by the Mathematics Department.
Barnard College Prizes
MARGARET KENNEY JENSEN PRIZE
Established in 1973. To first-year students, sophomores and juniors for excellence in mathematics.
KOHN MATHEMATICAL PRIZE
Established in 1892. To a senior for excellence in mathematics.Print this page