Students from the Hamilton Mathletics team won first place in the annual Snow Bowl competition, edging out teams from Colgate University, Skidmore College and Saint Lawrence University. To determine the winner, each team in the competition added their top five scores on the William Lowell Putnam Exam.
In addition to winning the Snow Bowl, the Hamilton team earned a ranking of #56 out of 572 participating colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. This is Hamilton's second highest ranking since their #29 ranking in 1995.
Coached by Assistant Professor of Mathematics Andrew Dykstra, the team consisted of 10 of Hamilton's most talented mathematics students: Jeremy Adelman '13, Abrar Ahmed '13, Yinghan Ding '12, Adam Fix '13, Robert Huben '15, Maribeth Johnson '13, Josh Snyder '13, Sunrose Shrestha '14, Yonghyun Song '13, and Sichen Xu '12. The team trained for Putnam Exam throughout the fall semester before taking the exam in December.
The Putnam Exam took the form of a six-hour written exam, which was broken into two three-hour sessions. The 12 problems on this year's exam were some of the most challenging imaginable. The December exam was so challenging that the median individual score was zero out of 120 points possible. Eight out of the 10 Hamilton students who took the exam earned at least one point.