UG math competition useful?

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UG math competition useful?

Post by kkky » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:48 pm

I wonder whether good result on ug math competition, such as IMC, Putnam( though I am not eligible to participate) is useful when applying graduate school.

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Re: UG math competition useful?

Post by djysyed » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:56 pm

It certainly helps but doesn't indicate your potential success as a researcher. However, it shows that you are quite good at learning things quickly.

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Post by MathCat » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:25 pm

I doubt it makes much of a difference, but it definitely doesn't hurt. It's one more way you can distinguish yourself from others.

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Re: UG math competition useful?

Post by map » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:55 pm

Unless you get Putnam Fellow I don't think it would really help much at all. You certainly don't need to do well in competitions to get into a top grad school.

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