UC Davis Mathematics

Undergraduate Math Contests & Scholarships

Undergraduate Math Contests

  • William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition
    This is the most prestigious college math competition and is open to all undergraduates in the United States and Canada. Over 3000 students take it each year with the top 25 individuals receiving monetary awards. Registration typically occurs during the month of October of the Fall Quarter and is handled with our Student Services office.

    For more information on this mathematics competition, please visit: 
    The William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition
    The Mathematical Association of America (Official Competition Sponsor)

    This exam usually takes place the first part of December.

  • Robert Lewis Wasser Memorial Mathematics Contest
    Made possible from an endowment that was initiated by a contribution from Robert Lewis Wasser's grandmother, Vera Mae Wasser, recipients of this award are determined through a mathematics competition coordinated by the department's Mathematics Contest Committee. Held annually in the Spring, this competition is open to all full-time freshmen and sophomores at UC Davis. Monetary prizes are given to the first place winner with prizes also going to honorable mentions.
    How to Apply and Past Recipients

  • G. Thomas Sallee Prize (formally The Spring Math Contest)
    Formally known as the Spring Mathematics Contest, this award is open to all undergraduate students enrolled at UC Davis. This contest was started many years ago to help identify our better students in mathematics. Winners are determined after having completed an exam designed by the department's Mathematics Contest Committee.
    How to Apply and Past Recipients

Undergraduate Math Scholarships

  • Evelyn M. Silvia Scholarship for Future Mathematics Teachers
    Established by generous donations from family and friends of Professor Evelyn Silvia, this scholarship honors the late professor's memory by recognizing and supporting students aspiring to be future mathematics teachers. Applications are accepted in the month of April of the Spring Quarter, and undergraduates of junior or senior standing with a major in mathematics, applied mathematics or statistics are eligible to apply.
    How to Apply and Past Recipients

  • Eric C. Ruliffson Scholarship in Mathematics
    Eric Ruliffson attended UC Davis from 1964-1968. He not only loved the study of math, but he excelled in it. He was first and foremost a problem solver, which helped him to achieve life-long personal and professional success. In his memory, this scholarship was established by family and friends as an effort to support financially needy undergraduates of junior and senior standing majoring in mathematics. Applications are typically received in the month of April by the Office of Undergraduate Honors & Scholarships.
    How to Apply and Past Recipients

  • McCurdy Family Scholarship 
    The McCurdy Family Scholarship is to be made to undergraduate student(s) in the College of Letters and Sciences at UC Davis.  As a scholarship, selection of recipients is based on academic merit and promise, therefore a minimum cumulative GPA is required; at the time of this pledge agreement, the minimum cumulative GPA for scholarships is 3.25 or better.  The Scholarship should be restricted to students with junior or senior class standing, and may include all undergraduate majors offered in the Department of Mathematics (with a preference for females).
    How to Apply and Past Recipients 

All financial stipends paid through the UC Davis Financial Aid office. This stipend may affect your overall financial need which will be assessed at the time the stipend is processed.