**Competitions**

A half-credit Problem Solving Seminar (Mathematics 149S) is offered
each fall to help develop creative strategies for solving challenging
mathematical problems; admission is by consent of the instructor.
Each year students are encouraged to participate in the Virginia Tech
Mathematics Contest, the William Lowell Putnam Mathematics
Competition, and the Mathematical Competition in Modeling. In 1992
and 1995, the Duke Putnam team placed in the top ten in the country;
in 1990 the team placed *second* in the nation, with
team members Jeanne Nielsen, William Schneeberger, and Jeffrey
Vanderkam. In 1993 the Duke Putnam team placed *first*
in the nation, with team members Andrew Dittmer, Craig Gentry, and
Jeffrey Vanderkam.

**Karl Menger Award**

The Karl Menger Award, first given in 1989, is a cash prize awarded annually by the Department of Mathematics for outstanding performance in mathematical competitions. The selection committee is appointed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Karl Menger (1902-1985) was a distinguished twentieth century mathematician who made major contributions to a number of areas of mathematics, including dimension theory, logic, lattice theory, differential geometry, and graph theory. Menger, who held academic positions in Europe and the United States, was widely published. The Karl Menger Award was established by a gift to Duke University from George and Eva Menger-Hammond, the daughter of Karl Menger. Recent recipients of the Karl Menger Award are listed below.

YearAwardees1994 Andrew Dittmer, Craig Gentry, and Jeffrey Vanderkam

1995 James Harrington, Robert Schneck, and Noam Shazeer

1996 Johanna Miller, Noam Shazeer, and Tung Tran

**The Julia Dale Prize in Mathematics**

The Julia Dale Prize is a cash prize awarded annually by the Department of Mathematics to a mathematics major (or majors) on the basis of excellence in mathematics. A selection committee is appointed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Julia Dale, an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, died early in her career on January 13, 1936. Friends and relatives of Professor Dale established the Julia Dale Memorial Fund in the spring of 1938; the Julia Dale Prize is supported by the income from this fund, which was the first memorial fund established in honor of a woman member of the Duke faculty. Recent first-prize recipients are listed below.

YearAwardees1994 Jeffrey Vanderkam

1995 Paul A. Dreyer, Jr., and Craig B. Gentry

1996 Elizabeth C. Ayer and Michael A. Rierson

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