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Recent Competition Honors Received by Duke Undergraduates



Duke claims another top ten finish in North America's most prestigious math competition
(Duke Today, May 2016)
Go Figure
(Duke Magazine, vol 96, No 1, January-February 2010)
Duke Math Stars Place Third
(Duke News, April 4, 2005)
Undergrads triumph in math competitions
(Duke Dialogue, Vol. 15, No. 37, March 23, 2001)
Math undergraduates score big in Putnam and Math Contest in Modeling
(Duke Dialogue, Vol 13, No. 38, April 2, 1999)

 William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition

Students in the top 200 and team ranks; P = top 5, N = top 25, H =top 2%

2016 TEAM #12 * Trung Can, Alex Damian, Tony Qiao, Cheryl Wang

2015 TEAM #10 * Alex Milu (H), Trung Can

2014 TEAM #8 * Tony Qiao (H), Alex Milu, Trung Can, Justin Luo, Feng Gui

2013 TEAM #8 * Daniel Vitek, Leslie Lei, Tony Qiao

2012 * Daniel Vitek

2011 TEAM #16 * Daniel Vitek (H), Vivek Bhattacharya, Michael Banaszek

2010 TEAM #9 * Misha Lavrov (H), Vivek Bhattacharya

2009 TEAM #6 * Misha Lavrov (H), Matthew Rognlie, Peng Shi, Wutichai Chongchitmate, Calvin Hayes, Tanawit Sae Sue, Daniel Vitek

2008 TEAM #8 * Aaron Pollack (H), Misha Lavrov (H), Jason Ferguson, Wutichai Chongchitmate, Matthew Rognlie

2007 TEAM FIFTH PLACE * Lingren Zhang (N) Aaron Pollack (H), Tirasan Khandhawit (H), Wutichai Chongchitmate, Jason Ferguson, Tanawit Sae Sue, Peng Shi, Jun Wu

2006 TEAM #8 * Peng Shi (H), Jason Ferguson, Nikifor Bliznashki, Kshipra Bhawalkar, Morgan Brown, Calvin Hayes, Tirasan Khandhawit, Brandon Levin, Aaron Pollack, Lingren Zhang

2005 TEAM THIRD PLACE * Lingren Zhang (N), Nikifor Bliznashki (H), Kshipra Bhawalkar (H), Aaron Pollack, Jason Ferguson, Tirasan Khandhawit, Brandon Levin

2004 TEAM THIRD PLACE * Nikifor Bliznashki (N),Oaz Nir (H), Lingren Zhang (H), Kshipra Bhawalkar, Tirasan Khandhawit, Brandon Levin, James Zou

2003 TEAM THIRD PLACE * David Arthur (N), Nikifor Bliznashki (H), Oaz Nir (H), Morgan Brown

2002 TEAM THIRD PLACE * Melanie Wood (P), David Arthur (H), Matt Atwood (H), Oaz Nir (H)

2001 TEAM THIRD PLACE * Kevin Lacker (P), David Arthur (N), Melanie Wood (N), Nathan Curtis (H), Oaz Nir (H), Matt Atwood

2000 TEAM FIRST PLACE * Kevin Lacker (N), John Clyde (N), Jonathan Curtis (N), Carl Miller (N), Michael Colsher (H), David Arthur (H), John Thacker

1999 TEAM THIRD PLACE * John Clyde (N), Michael Colsher (N), Kevin Lacker (N), Melanie Wood (H), Carl Miller

1998 TEAM #6 * Nathan Curtis (P), Kevin Lacker (P), John Clyde (H), Carl Miller (H), Andrew Dittmer, Michael Colsher, Sarah Dean, Spencer Shepard

1997 TEAM SECOND PLACE * Andrew Dittmer (N), Nathan Curtis (N), Noam Shazeer (N); Carl Miller (H); John Clyde, Jeff Mermin, Nate Bronson, Garrett Mitchener

1996 TEAM FIRST PLACE * Andrew Dittmer (N), Robert Schneck (N), Noam Shazeer (N); Johanna Miller, Chris Beasley, John Hyde, Jeff Mermin

1995 TEAM #9 * Johanna Miller, Noam Shazeer, Tung Tran

1994 Noam Shazeer (N), Robert Schneck

1993 TEAM FIRST PLACE * Craig Gentry (P), Andrew Dittmer (N), Jeff Vanderkam (H); Tung Tran

1992 TEAM #8 * Jeff Vanderkam (P); Alex Hartemink, Craig Gentry

1991 TEAM #17 Jeff Vanderkam (N), Scott Bigham (H), David Jones, Will Schneeberger

1990 TEAM SECOND PLACE * Jeff Vanderkam (N), Will Schneeberger (H), Jeanne Nielsen (H)

1989 TEAM #25 Will Schneeberger, Chris Finger, Jeanne Nielsen


 Putnam Winners and History


 Mathematical Contest in Modeling and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling

Duke Teams Lead Math Modeling Contest
(Duke News, April 25, 2007) Video
Mighty Mathematicians
(Duke News, April 3, 2006)
Duke Student Math to Alleviate Toolbooth Lines
(Duke News, June 30, 2005)
Outstanding Math Modelling Team: Baliga, Chandler, Mian
(The Chronicle, Vol. 100, No. 141, Wednesday, April 27, 2005)
Undergrads triumph in math competitions
(Duke Dialogue, Vol. 15, No. 37, March 23, 2001)
Math students master modeling contest
(Duke Dialogue, Vol 15, No. 1, April 21, 2000)
OUTSTANDING
2008 Jason Chen, Joonhahn Cho, Brian Choi
A Convenient Truth: A model for sea level rise forecast *pdf
2007 Nikifor Bliznashki, Aaron Pollack, Russell Posner
When Topologists are Politicians... *pdf
2007 Qianwei Li, Arnav Mehta, Aaron Wise
In the Zone: Novel Approaches to Airplane Boarding *pdf
2007 Michael Bauer, Kshipra Bhawalkar, Matthew Edwards
Boarding at the Speed of Flight *pdf
2007 Matthew Rognlie, Peng Shi, Amy Wen
Optimizing the Effectiveness of Organ Allocation *pdf
2006 Matthew Fischer, Brandon Levin, Nikifor Bliznashki
Fastidious Farmer Algorithms *pdf
2006 Arnav Mehta, Qianwei Li, Aaron Wise
The United Nations and the Quest for the Holy Grail (of AIDS) *pdf
2006 Tyler Huffman, Barry Wright III, Charles Staats III
Managing the HIV/AIDS Pandemic: 2006-2055 *pdf
2005 Adam Chandler, Pradeep Baliga, Matthew Mian
The Booth Tolls for Thee *pdf
2002 David G. Arthur, Samuel W. Malone, Oaz Nir
Overbooking on Airlines *pdf
2001 Samuel W. Malone, Carl A. Miller, Daniel B. Neill
Traffic Flow Models and the Evacuation Problem *pdf
2000 Samuel W. Malone, Jeffrey A. Mermin, Daniel B. Neill
Air Traffic Control(ps) * Pdf version
1999 Samuel W. Malone, W. Garrett Mitchener, John A. Thacker
Determining the People Capacity of a Structure *pdf Abstract *(pdf)
1998 Jeffrey A. Mermin, W. Garrett Mitchener, John A. Thacker
Grade Inflation ps* Abstract (ps) * Pdf version * Abstract (pdf)
Finalist (top 1%)
2017 Vinit Ranjan, Junmo Ryang, Kelly Zhang
2011 Vivek Bhattacharya, Alan Guo, Misha Lavrov
2010 Veronica Ciocanel, Yingyi Shen, Jiaqi Yan
2010 Vivek Bhattacharya, Alan Guo, Daniel Vitek
Meritorious (top 15%)
2017 Trung Can, Anh Ngoc Hieu Trinh, Chi Trinh
2017 Matheus Dias, Peter Hase, Maria Suhail
2016 Haoyang Gu, Yang Liu, Misty Sha
2016 Trung Can, Lien Hoang, Chi Trinh
2015 Anne Talkington, Lindsey Brown, Joy Patel
2015 Tony Qiao, Andrew You, Roger Zou
2014 Anne Talkington, Lindsey Brown
2013 Logan Su, Christy Vaughn, Viggy Vudatha
2013 Anne Talkington, Yilun Gao, Zhitao (Rex) Yang
2013 David Liu, Ellango Jothimurugesan, Huannan Jasmine Wu
2013 Runzhen Ni, Siyang Wang, Ziquan Yang
2012 Leslie Lei, Tianxiang Xiong, Dazhong Xuan
2011 Kyu Won Choi, HyungJu (Danniel) Jeon, So Youn Lee
2011 Elizabeth Liang, Philip Pham, Robert Won
2010 HyungJu (Danniel) Jeon, Jungmo Ryu, So Youn Lee
2009 Vivek Bhattacharya, Yingyi Shen, Peichun Wang
2008 Matthew Moore, Harish Srinivasin, Andrew Tutt
2007 Tyler Huffman, Charles Staats III, Barry Wright III
2007Catherine Hartman, Keigo Kawaji, Jesse Thorner
2007 Yajing Gao, Michal Koszycki, Craig Reeson
2006 Michael Bauer, Matthew Edwards, Lingren Zhang
2006 Abhijit Mehta, James Zou, Yvonne Yamanaka
2006 Russell Posner, Keigo Kawaji, Tirasan Khandhawit
2006 Ian Appel, James Dias, Vyacheslav Kungurtsev
2005 Nikifor Bliznashki, Matthew Fischer, Brandon Levin
2005 Abhijit Mehta, Benjamin Mickle, Ibraheem Mohammed
2005 Oaz Nir, Rahul Satija, James Zou
2004 Abhijit Mehta, Oaz Nir, James Zou
2004 Pradeep Baliga, Adam Chandler, Matthew Mian
2003 Christopher Dillenbeck, Abhijit Mehta, Paul Wrayno
1997 W. Garrett Mitchener, Robert Schneck, Steven Wolfman
1996 Gretta Bartels, Garrett Mitchener, Frederick Wang
1995 Nathan Bronson, Paul Dreyer, Scott Harrington
1994 Scott Harrington, Michael Rierson, Robert Schneck
1993 Nathan Bronson, Paul Dreyer, Scott Harrington
Honorable Mention (next 20%)
2005 Vyacheslav Kungurtsev, Qinzheng Tian, Aaron Wise
2004 Nikifor Bliznashki, Matthew Fischer, Brandon Levin
2004 Morgan Brown, Will Horn, Ethan Neil
1995 Robert Schneck, Noam Shazeer, Tung Tran
1992 Paul Dreyer, Scott Harrington, Rebecca Thomas

 All-USA College Academic Team

2006 Jackie Ou; First Team
2006 Adam Chandler; Second Team
2002 Sam Malone; First Team
1993 Alex Hartemink, Jeff Vanderkam; Honorable Mention
 

 Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize

2004 Melanie Wood, First Prize

 

 Alice T. Schafer Award

2002 Melanie Wood, First Prize

2000 Sarah Dean, Runner up

1994 Jennifer Slimowitz, Honorable Mention

1992 Jeanne Nielsen, First Prize

 

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