Mathematics Competitions

Wheaton College students have the opportunity to participate in local, national and international mathematics competitions.

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Students who join our competition teams are rewarded with a specially selected math book and/or software for their participation. These awards are generously provided through a gift to the department from a former math/computer science graduate who contributes funds to our program for the sake of encouraging our students.

The Putnam Competition

A national collegiate mathematics competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America >>, is given the first Saturday in in December to well over two thousand students in the U.S., including many of the brightest future mathematicians. The exam is given in two parts, from 9a.m.-noon and from 2-5 p.m. Each part consists of six problems graded on a ten point scale. Partial credit is normally not given. Some practice sessions are usually held in the weeks prior to the competition. Please see Dr. Lovett if you are interested.

Our Highest Ranked Teams

Rank / Team Members / Year

  • 52 / Paul Best, Stephen Hruska, John Wallbaum / 2004
  • 69 / Nathan Roberts, Christine O'Leary, Nancy Elizabeth Bush / 1998
  • 70 / David Blasing , Joel Dahlin, David Stapleton / 2009
  • 70 / Aaron Jaggard, Nathan Roberts, Christine O'Leary / 1997
  • 71 / Doeke Buursma, Matthew McMillan, Joel Stapleton / 2013 
  • 84 / Andrew Barker, Stephen Hruska, Nat Stapleton / 2003
  • 87 / David Blasing, Matthew McMillan, David Stapleton / 2010 
  • 113 / Nathan Roberts, Andrea Koenisgberg, Evan Wilson / 2000
  • 130 / Sarah Cobb, Michael DiPasquale, Elliot Nelson / 2008
  • 142 / Michael DiPasquale, Elliot Nelson, Kelly Whiting / 2007

Our Highest Ranked Individuals

Rank / Name / Points / Year

  • 201.5 / Sharon Heathorn / 40 / 2008
  • 234.5 / Christine O'Leary / 40 / 1998
  • ? / Aaron Jaggard / 29? / 1997
  • 266 / Joel Stapleton / 30 / 2013
  • 276.5 / Nathan Roberts / 19 / 2000
  • 294 / Ben Fulan / 40 / 2010
  • 364 / Joel Dahlin / 29 / 2009
  • 447 / Paul Best / 28 / 2002
  • 503.5 / Michael DiPasquale / 20 / 2007
  • 504 / Nathan Roberts / 28 / 1998
  • 527.5 / David Stapleton / 30 / 2010
  • 560 / Amy Hillis / 10 / 2000
  • 560 / Yeong-Beom Kim / 10 / 2000
  • 596 / John Wallbaum / 20 / 2004
  • 707 / David Stapleton / 20 / 2009
  • 729 / Andrea Koenigsberg / 10 / 1999
  • 739 / Andrew Barker / 11 / 2003
  • 970 / Evan Wilson / 10 / 2001
  • 971.5 / Elliot Nelson / 11 / 2007

The Mathematical Contest in Modelling (MCM)

An international competition given usually around the beginning of February of each year. The competition begins Friday morning (12:01 a.m. EST) and continues through the weekend, ending on Monday (11:59 p.m. EST). Contest information is given at Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) >>

Please contact Dr. Isihara if you are interested in participating in this year's competition.

Meritorius Teams

  • '99 Nancy-Elizabeth Bush, Nate Wentzel, Wendy Huang
  • '95 Brandie Andrews, Jeffrey Mikels, Aaron Jaggard
  • '88 Joe Cyzyk, Joy Magalit, Stuart DeSoto

Honorable Mentions

  • '06 Samuel Cole, Michael DiPasquale, David Rowell
  • '06 Allison Mae Barnes, Gloria Cho, Henry Kuo
  • '01 Nat Stapleton, Mark McGhee, Jason Scmurr
  • '98 Chris Jones, Derek Hamilton, Kirsten Cosand
  • '96 Aaron Jaggard, Nate Roberts, ?
  • '94 Jonathan Hayward, Scott Martin, Carl Olson
  • '90 Peter Boatwright, Brooks Estes, Mary Kellstrom
  • '90 James Davidson, Jeffrey Ziegler, Kristin Miller
  • '87 Maurice Lee, Ron Netzel, Stuart Williams

The ACCA Calculus Competition

This competition is given each spring semester, and is open to any full-time student. ACCA, or the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area, consists of about 16 schools. The competition is 90 minutes long and done in teams of three. The questions cover mainly material from our Math 231-2 sequence, with perhaps a bit of vector calculus (Mth 331).

Please contact Dr. Lovett if you are interested in entering this year's competition.

Competition Winners (1st Place)

  • '11 Keith Dufendach, Matthew McMillan, Jeff Sommars
  • '11 Nathan Bliss, Ben Fulan
  • '09 Michael DiPasquale, Sharon Heathorn, Elliot Nelson
  • '08 Sarah Cobb, Michael DiPasquale, David Hollman
  • '07 Robyn Lyons, Sarah Motsinger, Stephanie Vinton
  • '06 Gloria Cho, Sam Cole, Michael DiPasquale
  • '04 Andrew Barker, Kyle Hunsberger, Nat Stapleton
  • '03 Andrew Barker, Kyle Hunsberger, Ryan Yates
  • '02 Stephen Hruska, Jason Schmurr, Nat Stapleton
  • '01 Mark Lund, Cornelia Van Cott, Rebekah Johnson
  • '00 Beth Robison, Valerie Hess, Andrea Koenigsberg
  • '95 John Darrow, Aaron Jaggard, Justin Maynard
  • '93 Bob Correll, Carl Olsen, Craig Webster

2nd Place

  • '10 David Blasing, Joel Dahlin, James Michael Gallagher
  • '05 Stephen Hruska, Braden Koenigsberg, Jeff Pattillo
  • '03 Sarah Chase, Rebekah Johnson, Garrett Turner
  • '96 Tobin Baker, Aaron Jaggard, Gerald Martin

3rd place

  • '10 Matthew McMillan, Jeff Sommars, Ben Stam
  • '09 David Blasing, Keith Dufendach, David Stapleton
  • '08 Joyce Fan, Ben Kietzman, Elliot Nelson
  • '07 Joyce Fan, Elliot Nelson
  • '04 Stephen Hruska, Jeff Pattillo, Johy Wallbaum
  • '02 Rebekah Johnson, Mark Lund, Cornelia Van Cott
  • '95 Anne Marie Conner, David McKay, Ben Richert
  • '94 Jeffrey Mikels, Carl Olsen, ?

 

Students who join our competition teams are rewarded with a specially selected math book and/or software for their participation. These awards are generously provided through a gift to the department from a former math/computer science graduate who contributes funds to our program for the sake of encouraging our students.

The Putnam Competition

A national collegiate mathematics competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America >>, is given the first Saturday in in December to well over two thousand students in the U.S., including many of the brightest future mathematicians. The exam is given in two parts, from 9a.m.-noon and from 2-5 p.m. Each part consists of six problems graded on a ten point scale. Partial credit is normally not given. Some practice sessions are usually held in the weeks prior to the competition. Please see Dr. Lovett if you are interested.

Our Highest Ranked Teams

Rank / Team Members / Year

  • 52 / Paul Best, Stephen Hruska, John Wallbaum / 2004
  • 69 / Nathan Roberts, Christine O'Leary, Nancy Elizabeth Bush / 1998
  • 70 / David Blasing , Joel Dahlin, David Stapleton / 2009
  • 70 / Aaron Jaggard, Nathan Roberts, Christine O'Leary / 1997
  • 71 / Doeke Buursma, Matthew McMillan, Joel Stapleton / 2013 
  • 84 / Andrew Barker, Stephen Hruska, Nat Stapleton / 2003
  • 87 / David Blasing, Matthew McMillan, David Stapleton / 2010 
  • 113 / Nathan Roberts, Andrea Koenisgberg, Evan Wilson / 2000
  • 130 / Sarah Cobb, Michael DiPasquale, Elliot Nelson / 2008
  • 142 / Michael DiPasquale, Elliot Nelson, Kelly Whiting / 2007

Our Highest Ranked Individuals

Rank / Name / Points / Year

  • 201.5 / Sharon Heathorn / 40 / 2008
  • 234.5 / Christine O'Leary / 40 / 1998
  • ? / Aaron Jaggard / 29? / 1997
  • 266 / Joel Stapleton / 30 / 2013
  • 276.5 / Nathan Roberts / 19 / 2000
  • 294 / Ben Fulan / 40 / 2010
  • 364 / Joel Dahlin / 29 / 2009
  • 447 / Paul Best / 28 / 2002
  • 503.5 / Michael DiPasquale / 20 / 2007
  • 504 / Nathan Roberts / 28 / 1998
  • 527.5 / David Stapleton / 30 / 2010
  • 560 / Amy Hillis / 10 / 2000
  • 560 / Yeong-Beom Kim / 10 / 2000
  • 596 / John Wallbaum / 20 / 2004
  • 707 / David Stapleton / 20 / 2009
  • 729 / Andrea Koenigsberg / 10 / 1999
  • 739 / Andrew Barker / 11 / 2003
  • 970 / Evan Wilson / 10 / 2001
  • 971.5 / Elliot Nelson / 11 / 2007

The Mathematical Contest in Modelling (MCM)

An international competition given usually around the beginning of February of each year. The competition begins Friday morning (12:01 a.m. EST) and continues through the weekend, ending on Monday (11:59 p.m. EST). Contest information is given at Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) >>

Please contact Dr. Isihara if you are interested in participating in this year's competition.

Meritorius Teams

  • '99 Nancy-Elizabeth Bush, Nate Wentzel, Wendy Huang
  • '95 Brandie Andrews, Jeffrey Mikels, Aaron Jaggard
  • '88 Joe Cyzyk, Joy Magalit, Stuart DeSoto

Honorable Mentions

  • '06 Samuel Cole, Michael DiPasquale, David Rowell
  • '06 Allison Mae Barnes, Gloria Cho, Henry Kuo
  • '01 Nat Stapleton, Mark McGhee, Jason Scmurr
  • '98 Chris Jones, Derek Hamilton, Kirsten Cosand
  • '96 Aaron Jaggard, Nate Roberts, ?
  • '94 Jonathan Hayward, Scott Martin, Carl Olson
  • '90 Peter Boatwright, Brooks Estes, Mary Kellstrom
  • '90 James Davidson, Jeffrey Ziegler, Kristin Miller
  • '87 Maurice Lee, Ron Netzel, Stuart Williams

The ACCA Calculus Competition

This competition is given each spring semester, and is open to any full-time student. ACCA, or the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area, consists of about 16 schools. The competition is 90 minutes long and done in teams of three. The questions cover mainly material from our Math 231-2 sequence, with perhaps a bit of vector calculus (Mth 331).

Please contact Dr. Lovett if you are interested in entering this year's competition.

Competition Winners (1st Place)

  • '11 Keith Dufendach, Matthew McMillan, Jeff Sommars
  • '11 Nathan Bliss, Ben Fulan
  • '09 Michael DiPasquale, Sharon Heathorn, Elliot Nelson
  • '08 Sarah Cobb, Michael DiPasquale, David Hollman
  • '07 Robyn Lyons, Sarah Motsinger, Stephanie Vinton
  • '06 Gloria Cho, Sam Cole, Michael DiPasquale
  • '04 Andrew Barker, Kyle Hunsberger, Nat Stapleton
  • '03 Andrew Barker, Kyle Hunsberger, Ryan Yates
  • '02 Stephen Hruska, Jason Schmurr, Nat Stapleton
  • '01 Mark Lund, Cornelia Van Cott, Rebekah Johnson
  • '00 Beth Robison, Valerie Hess, Andrea Koenigsberg
  • '95 John Darrow, Aaron Jaggard, Justin Maynard
  • '93 Bob Correll, Carl Olsen, Craig Webster

2nd Place

  • '10 David Blasing, Joel Dahlin, James Michael Gallagher
  • '05 Stephen Hruska, Braden Koenigsberg, Jeff Pattillo
  • '03 Sarah Chase, Rebekah Johnson, Garrett Turner
  • '96 Tobin Baker, Aaron Jaggard, Gerald Martin

3rd place

  • '10 Matthew McMillan, Jeff Sommars, Ben Stam
  • '09 David Blasing, Keith Dufendach, David Stapleton
  • '08 Joyce Fan, Ben Kietzman, Elliot Nelson
  • '07 Joyce Fan, Elliot Nelson
  • '04 Stephen Hruska, Jeff Pattillo, Johy Wallbaum
  • '02 Rebekah Johnson, Mark Lund, Cornelia Van Cott
  • '95 Anne Marie Conner, David McKay, Ben Richert
  • '94 Jeffrey Mikels, Carl Olsen, ?