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.
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 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. The Department of Mathematics subscribes to The ΠME Journal and keeps recent issues in the Mathematics Suite.
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.
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.
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