- Department of Mathematics, University of Texas
- address= 1 University Station C1200, Austin, TX 78712-0257
- room=RLM 9.140
- email=rusin@math.utexas.edu
- phone=512-471-6112 (but email preferred)
- fax=1-512-471-9038
- There is no way to reach me at work via text (SMS), Sype, facetime, snapchat, facebook, etc.

The Bennett contest exam is a competition held at The University of Texas Mathematics Department at the end of every regular semester. Participation is limited to UT students who are finishing the Calculus sequence that semester. The questions are based on the topics covered in the Calculus courses, but require more than the usual amount of persistence and cleverness. There are cash prizes for the top scorers.

We have recently held Bennett competitions in Linear Algebra and in Differential Equations as well, and hope to make each of these an annual event

UT students interested in taking the Putnam exam in December should check out the department's Putnam page . This is an extremely difficult exam in which the problems typically require an understanding of core undergraduate-level mathematics such as Real Analysis and Abstract Algebra. We hold weekly prep sessions every Fall.

I am not directly involved with these but recommend them to students who want some mathematical opportunities outside the classroom:

- the UT Math Club
- our department's Directed Reading Program
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs funded by the National Science Foundation
- Study abroad

I have the good fortune to be involved with the recognition of stellar undergraduates, in some cases meaning they become recipients of scholarships, prizes, and awards.

- Recent Dean's Honored Graduates from the Mathematics Department
- Math majors graduating with Special Departmental Honors
- Mathematics Department Williams Award winners.
- Math major winners of Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarships
- Other scholarships awarded within the College of Natural Sciences

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