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What is Pi Mu Epsilon?

Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society.  It was founded at Syracuse University and incorporated at Albany, New York on May 25, 1914.  The purpose of Pi Mu Epsilon is the promotion and recognition of mathematical scholarship among students in postsecondary institutions.  It aims to do this by electing members on an honorary basis according to their proficiency in mathematics and by engaging in activities designed to promote the mathematical and scholarly development of its members. The Tennessee Beta Chapter was established at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1971.

Who is Eligible for Membership into Pi Mu Epsilon?

A person meeting any one of the following five sets of qualifications may be elected to membership by a chapter. This election shall be irrespective of sex, religion, race, or national origin:

  • Undergraduate students who have completed at least the equivalent of two semesters of calculus and two additional courses in mathematics, at or above the calculus level, all of which lead to the fulfillment of the requirements for a major in the mathematical sciences. In addition, such students must have maintained a grade point average equivalent to that of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale, both for all courses that lead to fulfillment of requirements for a major in the mathematical sciences, and also for all courses that lead to fulfillment of requirements for an undergraduate degree.
  • Graduate students whose mathematical work is at least equivalent to that required of qualified undergraduates, and who have maintained at least a B average in mathematics during their last school year prior to their election.
  • Members of the faculty in mathematics or related subjects.
  • Any persons who have achieved distinction in a mathematical science.

The annual induction into the UTC Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon is every April during the department's Honor's Day Reception and Awards Ceremony. All eligible candidates for membership will be notified prior to the event. 

For more information regarding Pi Mu Epsilon, please visit pme-math.org.

For information on the Tennessee Beta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon at UTC, please contact our faculty advisor, Dr. Lucas Van der Merwe.