The scores for last December's Putnam Mathematical Competition have been released, and LSU students performed well. The top performer was Shawn Williams, whose score of 20 points placed him in the prestigious Top 500 List, with a rank of 343 out of 4275 competitors from 554 colleges and universities nationwide. LSU also had a total of six students earn a positive score, while the national median was 0. Prof.
The McGehee Award for Excellent Research by a Junior Faculty Member will be awarded this year jointly to Pramod Achar and Hongchao Zhang. This award was established to honor Carruth McGehee on his retirement. The area of the award rotates between Mathematics; Humanities and the Social Sciences; and Natural Sciences. The first winner of the award was Milen Yakimov in 2009.