A half-credit Problem Solving Seminar is offered each fall to help students develop creative strategies for solving challenging mathematical problems. Admission is by consent of the instructor.
Each year students are encouraged to participate in the:
- Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest (VTRMC)
- William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition
- Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM)
- Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM)
Duke Putnam teams placed first in the nation in 1993, 1996 and 2000, second in 1990 and 1997, and third in 1999 and from 2001–2005. In the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, a team from Duke has been ranked Outstanding in all but two years from 1998–2008. Three teams from Duke in 2006 and four teams in 2007 were named Outstanding in the MCM and/or the related Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling.