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Jenny Yang
12-02-2007, 06:50 AM
I am thinking to mention my result in the 2006 putnam competition, which is top 20% in my applications. Do you guys think this is positive or negative?

12-02-2007, 07:28 AM
lol. Jenny my dear, this question need not be asked. The answer is YES. Resounding Yes. Most people, even in the top Economics PhD, would be unable to even get one of the 5 or 6 Putnam questions correct in the time frame alloted. If you ranked i the top 20%, then you have very strong mathematical skill.

Wait, I never participated in the Putnam myself, have you become a fellow? Or is that just the top 200 contestants?

12-02-2007, 03:21 PM
Go ahead, it can't hurt. (There's actually 12 questions, the first of which can usually be solved in ~5 mins if you approach it right, and you're given 3 hours per section, the other ones usually take some profound thinking). Did you make the published list or are you just going by the percent of people who got each score?

12-02-2007, 03:23 PM
Most applications have a section for "awards and honors." I'd put your result there.