Pi Mu Epsilon (abbreviated PME or ΠME) is the national mathematics honor society. The St. Bonaventure Department of Mathematics sponsors the New York Omega Chapter. Pi Mu Epsilon is dedicated both to promoting scholarly activity in mathematics and to recognizing mathematical achievement among students at academic institutions. Election into PME is based on mathematical achievement and overall scholarship.
The faculty adviser for the Omega Chapter is Dr. Chris Leary. Key details about Pi Mu Epsilon and our chapter are provided below. Further information about PME may be found at the official PME website.
Qualifications for Membership
An undergraduate student at SBU may be elected to membership in the New York Omega Chapter of PME if the student satisfies all of the following requirements: the student has completed Math 151 (Calculus I) and Math 152 (Calculus II) or their equivalents; the student has completed at least six credits of mathematics courses at SBU from among the courses at the 200-level or higher that lead to the fulfillment of the requirements for a mathematics major; the student has a GPA in his or her mathematics courses of 3.25 or higher; the student has an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher; and the student has a long-term commitment to mathematics,
typically exhibited by declaring a minor or a major in mathematics or declaring a major in a closely-allied area.
Pi Mu Epsilon Journal
Pi Mu Epsilon publishes an undergraduate mathematics journal called The ΠME Journal. Published biannually, The ΠME Journal contains articles for undergraduates and others interested in mathematics. Each issue also includes a problems section that features interesting and accessible mathematics problems for undergraduates. The problems section of each issue is conveniently posted in the online Problem Department of Pi Mu Epsilon's web site, often before the paper journal is published. See our Bona's Bonus Problems page for the benefits of solving a Pi Mu Epsilon problem. The Department of Mathematics subscribes to The ΠME Journal and keeps recent issues in the Mathematics Suite.
Annual National Conference
The National Pi Mu Epsilon Council promotes scholarly activity in mathematics among students by sponsoring, in conjunction with the Mathematical Association of America, an annual national conference. The PME conference is held during the first week in August. Undergraduate members of PME are encouraged to give 15-minute presentations on mathematical topics. The presentations need not include original research. Most students present explorations of topics that go beyond the content of traditional mathematics courses. In the past, Pi Mu Epsilon has provided travel funds for student speakers. Students whose presentations are judged as outstanding are awarded cash prizes, which are provided by the American Mathematical Society.
Omega Chapter Inductions
Spring 2011 On April 27, 2011, the Omega Chapter inducted Chris Hoffman, Allie Leis, John Postl, and Daniel Winger. Chris is a senior computer science major, Allie is a sophomore with a dual major in mathematics and bioinformatics and a minor in journalism/mass communication, John is a senior with a dual major in mathematics and computer science, and Dan is a sophomore with a dual major in mathematics and physics. Congratulations!
The new inductees pose with the PME banner. From left to right: John Postl,
Dan Winger, Chris Hoffman, and Allie Leis. John's expression can be explained
by the fact that the photographer asked the group to "look intelligent".
The entire Omega Chapter. Back row, from left: chapter adviser Dr. Chris Leary, Troy
Mulholland, Dan Winger, Chris Hoffman, and Jen Dempsey. Front row, from left: Courney
Bosse, Nicole Markert, John Postl, Allie Leis, Chloe Priester-Koerner, and John Hasper.
Spring 2010 On April 29, 2010, the Omega Chapter inducted Jennifer Dempsey and Chloe Priester-Koerner. Both Jen and Chloe are mathematics majors and honors students. Congratulations!
Our newest members of PME present their beautiful certificates. From left
to right: Dr. Chris Leary, Jen Dempsey, and Chloe Priester-Koerner.
They can do the math: the new inductees pose with the Omega Chapter's officers.
Back row: Nicole Markert, Jen Dempsey, Dr. Chris Leary, John Hapser, Troy Mulholland.
Front row: Chloe Priester-Koerner and Courtney Bosse.
Spring 2009 On April 29, 2009, the Omega Chapter inducted Courtney Bosse, John Hasper, Nicole Markert, and Troy Mulholland. Courtney, John, and Troy are physics majors with mathematics minors and Nicole is a mathematics major. Congratulations!
After partaking of cake and cider, the new inductees pose with their certificates
and the Pi Mu Epsilon banner. From left to right: Nicole, Courtney, John, and Troy.
Spring 2007 On May 2, 2007, the Omega Chapter inducted Kaitlin Ames and Kris Austin. Kaitlin is a pre-med mathematics major and Kris is computer science major with a minor in mathematics. Congratulations!
The new inductees pose in front of the Omega Chapter's charter.
From left: Kaitlin Ames and Kris Austin.
Spring 2006 On April 25, 2006, the Omega Chapter inducted Kaitlin Drago, Beth Hartnett, Kevin Miller, Susan Minchin, and Craig Vicini. Kaitlin and Craig are finance majors with mathematics minors, Kevin is a physics major with a mathematics minor, and Susan is a chemistry major with a mathematics minor. Beth earned a B.S. in mathematics from SBU in 2005 and she is currently pursuing a master's degree in secondary mathematics education. Congratulations!
The new inductees pose in front of the Omega Chapter's charter. From left:
Beth Hartnett, Kevin Miller, Susan Minchin, and Craig Vicini. Not pictured: Kaitlin Drago.
Spring 2005 On April 20, 2005, the Omega Chapter inducted senior mathematics major Lindsey Besch. Congratulations, Lindsey!
Lindsey holds her membership certificate in front of the Omega Chapter's
charter. She is wearing the gold and purple Pi Mu Epsilon honor chords,
which she will don again in May for the 2005 graduation ceremony.
History and Logo
Pi Mu Epsilon was founded on May 25, 1914 at Syracuse University and currently has over 300 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
The New York Omega Chapter of PME was chartered at St. Bonaventure University on May 2, 1978.
The Pi Mu Epsilon logo, to the left, depicts the organization's shield, pin, and motto. The shield is divided into four parts. The upper right-hand section features the design of a conventionalized violet; the lower right-hand section shows a summation sign; the upper left-hand section shows an integral sign; and the lower left-hand sections shows three stars representing friendship, morality, and scholarship. Above the shield proper, the PME pin is represented. Below the shield, the PME motto, "To Promote Scholarship and Mathematics," appears in Greek. The logo is rendered in gold, violet, and lavender, which are the organization's colors.