
Jizhou Li recognized for an outstanding performance
Jizhou Li, who graduates in May with a B.S. in Mathematics, was recently
recognized for an outstanding performance in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition,
which was held in December 2009.
In the most prestigious and selective of all Mathematics exams for undergraduate
students of North American institutions, Jizhou ranked 75th out of over
4,000 contestants, winning an Honorable Mention in the Competition.
Jizhou's accomplishment is even more remarkable in light of the fact that
Michigan Tech's Mathematical Sciences Department, unlike most other national
Universities, does not offer specific training for its students taking part
in the Putnam Competition.
Out of the 546 colleges and Universities in Canada and the U.S.
participating this year, only 22 others, besides Michigan Tech, can count
students winning at least an Honorable Mention. These include MIT (the
winner of the Competition), Harvard, Caltech, Princeton, Stanford, Yale,
University of Washington, Waterloo, Harvey Mudd, Rice, University of
Illinois, University of Indiana, Duke, University of Michigan, University of
Maryland, University of British Columbia, University of Virginia, Washington
University at St. Louis, Brown, University of New Mexico, Rochester,
University of Nebraska.
Jizhou's mathematical interests are remarkably broad, and range from Algebra
to Combinatorics, from pure to applied Math, from computational Math to
Statistics. He recently completed a senior research project in combinatorial
commutative algebra, which resulted in a joint paper (with Professor Fabrizio
Zanello) currently under review for publication in an international journal.
Jizhou will continue his studies in Fall 2010, joining the PhD program in
Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University.
The entire Mathematical Sciences Department congratulates Jizhou Li
for his spectacular achievements, wishes him the
very best for the continuation of his career, and wishes current and
future Mathematics majors at Michigan Tech other outstanding results in the future
Putnam Competitions!
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