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APSU mathematics gets high scores in national competition

Three students from Austin Peay State University participated this year in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition (Putnam Competition), a prestigious national mathematics contest.

The three students who participated in the Putnam Competition are Jonathan Fisher, Michael Northington and Emily Stone. As a team, the students scored a ranking of 136, is the highest ranking ever scored by a team from APSU.
Three students from Austin Peay State University participated this year in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition (Putnam Competition), a prestigious national mathematics contest.

The three students who participated in the Putnam Competition are Jonathan Fisher, Michael Northington and Emily Stone. As a team, the students scored a ranking of 136, is the highest ranking ever scored by a team from APSU.

With a score of 31, Fisher was recognized on the list of top participants and ranked approximately 300th out of the 473 students on the list. Fisher is the first student in APSU history to make the list. His score beat the previous high score for an APSU student by more than 20 points.

The median score for the competition is zero, meaning that at least 50 percent of those who participate do not solve any of the exam problems. Students participating in the competition are some of the most advanced undergraduate math students from the U.S. and Canada.

Only three students from colleges in Tennessee made the list of top participants. Inclusion on the list opens the door to the most prestigious graduate programs in mathematics in the country. More than 3,500 students from the U.S. and Canada participated in the competition.

Fisher, a junior at APSU, is majoring in physics and is an active member of the APSU Math Jeopardy Team. A Clarksville native, Fisher has been very successful in mathematics competitions since high school.

For more information, contact Dr. Yuriy Bulka, assistant professor of mathematics at APSU, (931) 221-1274. -- Barry Williams