Now approaching its 40th year, the contest began in 1979 and has grown to the point where over 100 schools with over 700 contestants participate in a typical year. Contestants at each participating school take the two and one-half hour exam on their own campus under the supervision of one of their own faculty members. Individuals compete for $800 in regional prizes for which any contestant is eligible, and $300 in local prizes for which only Virginia Tech students are eligible.
Initially conceived as a regional preliminary contest to the annual national William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition, the VTRMC still serves that function at a number of participating schools. Contest results are made available in time to modify your Putnam team composition, if desired.
Currently, the contest is directed by Prof. Peter Linnell. The founding director was Prof. John Layman (now emeritus, and unfortunately now deceased), who directed the contest from 1979 to 1991, and then Prof. Jong Kim took over from 1992 to 1999.
Read more about VTRMC in Math Horizons.
Sometimes announcements will be made in the Sci.Math newsgroup
The contact person for the VTRMC is Prof. Peter Linnell.
LATE BREAKING NEWS Last updated
Wed Oct 17 10:44:53 EDT 2018
All local supervisors should have received the required information for administrating the exam (passwords etc.)
|Practice download, passwords Lemma and Oct27||html,|
|Individual registration on exam day||html,|
|Instructions on exam day||html,|
|Past Exams||html,||(thanks to Alec Mihailovs and Harold Reiter for providing copies of some of the past exams)|
|Solutions 1987-2017||html,||We plan to have solutions for all years; be patient!|
|Results and Prizes|
|Virginia Tech Students: registration and further information|
|Putnam Information for Virginia Tech Students which takes place on December 1, 2018.|
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