I just received the results of the 2011 Putnam Competition. Ashland University had 2 students receive non-zero scores: Polly Widmer received a score of 2 and Anna Payne received a score of 1. (Cara Smith (2010) holds the record for the highest score by an Ashland University student - 12) A total of 4440 students from 572 colleges and universities in Canada and the United States participated in the competition this year. Of these 4440 participants, 2067 received scores of 0, 911 received scores of 1 and 293 received scores of 2. Thus, Polly did better than 67.1% of students taking the exam and at least as well as 73.7% of students taking the exam while Anna did better than 46.6% of students taking the exam and at least as well as 67.1% of students taking the exam. (Andrew Rowe (2006) still holds the record for the highest percentile rank, doing better than 76.2% of students taking the exam and at least as well as 82.7% of students taking the exam.) This year's top 5 teams were: 1) Harvard; 2) Carnegie-Mellon; 3) Cal Tech; 4) Stanford; and 5) MIT. Thanks again to all of you who participated in this year's exam, and I hope those of you who were not declared ineligible upon graduation in December will consider participating again next year.
Congratulations to Polly and Anna for receiving nonzero scores!