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"A: One, From Romania. Q: How Many Women Have Won the Ultimate Math Contest?," by Karen W. Arenson. New York Times, 1 May 1997, page A31.

Each year in the William Lowell Putnam Competition, undergraduate mathematics students across the nation struggle with challenging mathematics problems during a six-hour examination. The top six scorers in the competition each receive a US$1,000 prize, as well as the distinction of having done well on one of the nation's most difficult and prestigious mathematics competitions. This article tells the story of Ioana Dumitriu, a 20-year-old Romanian student attending New York University, who became the first woman in the 57-year history of the Putnam Competition to place in the top-scoring group.

--- Allyn Jackson