From left, USU Putnam Mathematics Competition team members Jason Atwood, Hyrum Cooper, USU faculty mentor Nghiem Nguyen, Carter Green and Brian Armenta. Additional team members are Cole Neiderman and Emily Wessman. (Photo Credit: USU/M. Muffoletto)

LOGAN – As the USU men’s championship basketball team prepares for appearances in its conference tournament this week and next week’s national playoffs, another group of Aggies wound up a recent competition in the national top 20.

A six-person team of Aggie mathematics scholars scored in the top 17 percent of the 471 institutions in the internationally-renowned William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. They completed two demanding three-hour sessions to achieve their ranking.

USU team members are Carter Green, Hyrum Cooper, Jason Atwood, Bryan Armenta Valdez, Cole Neiderman and Emily Wessman.

Ngheim Nguyen, the team’s faculty mentor, said the Putnam competition is the preeminent mathematics event for undergraduate college students in the United State and Canada.

More than 4,000 student-competitors from the two countries were involved.

Students interested in joining should contact Nguyen at [email protected].

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