Undergraduate students excel in math competitions

Math students receive a top-quality undergraduate education at BYU, as evidenced by their recent excellence in various mathematical competitions.

BYU recently placed 24th overall out of 546 institutions in the Putnam Mathematical Competition, an annual competition for the brightest undergraduate mathematics students in the United States and Canada. The university’s team, consisting of students Donald Sampson, Peter Baratta and Hiram Golze, were leaps and bounds ahead of many of their opponents.

This year’s test produced a harrowing median score of a mere two points (out of 120 possible) for all competitors, but BYU’s three-person competitive team soared much higher. Baratta was the team’s high score with 42 points, good for 134th place out of 4,036 total contestants, while Sampson and Golze scored 30 and 20 points, respectively. Many other BYU students also participated in the contest and did very well, according to Tyler Jarvis, chair of the Department of Mathematics.

BYU math students also fared well in the annual Integration Bee, a competition against students from nearby Utah Valley University. The event functions much like a traditional spelling bee, but with a fun twist — instead of spelling difficult words, the contestants compete against one another to solve complex mathematical equations.

Undergraduate students Adam Fletcher and Sameer Bhattarai performed exceptionally well in the competition and earned first- and third-place finishes, respectively. Utah Valley University’s Victoria Trevino took second.

With such recent successes, it appears clear that BYU math students are putting their education to work and racing toward the front of the field.

By Steve Pierce Posted on