The William Lowell Putnam Competition recognizes success on the Putnam Exam, a national math exam held the first Saturday in December. Doing well on the exam strengthens both graduate school and job applications and can be of financial benefit, as well (see the Levine-Anderson Award). The Putnam Seminar, MA 444, is a one-credit, pass/fail course offered in the fall by Dr. Xiao-Biao Lin to help students prepare for the exam.

The Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) is an international contest where teams of undergraduates use mathematical modeling to present their solutions to real world problems. The ICM contest takes place annually sometime during the second half of January. Each team needs to have a faculty mentor.

The Association for Women in Mathematics sponsors a contest for biographical essays about contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians. Your participation in this contest might might help qualify you for NC State’s Rebecca Bullock Scholarship. The annual deadline for submissions is in October.

The Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest is sponsored each fall by the Mathematics Department at Virginia Tech. More than 130 colleges and universities throughout Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Washington, DC, participate each year.