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CEMS welcomes Pi Mu Epsilon

Release Date: 05-11-2009

Author: Dawn Densmore

Thanks to the efforts of Joan Rosebush, Director of Student Success, the National Council of Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) unanimously voted to approve the creation of the 338th chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, to be known as the Vermont Beta Chapter, within the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). Rosebush received notification that her petition was approved by Pi Mu Epsilon President David Sutherland in a letter dated May 7, 2009.

The UVM CEMS Vermont Beta Chapter will be the second chapter chartered in Vermont. PME was founded in 1914 and has over 300 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States. As a national Mathematics Honor Society, it is devoted to the promotion of scholarly activity in mathematics for students in academic institutions.

"We are extremely grateful for Joan's initiative in obtaining approval for the establishment of the Vermont Beta Chapter of PME within UVM CEMS," says Domenico Grasso, Dean of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

The Pi Mu Epsilon Journal, published semiannually, presents research papers as well as a problem section and particularly focuses on student-authored papers. A UVM student charter member will speak during the 2009 PME National Meeting to be held at MAA MathFest in Portland Oregon, August 5-8, 2009.

How to Join

Students interested in becoming PMU members must either be an undergraduate with two years of math courses, including calculus, with a B average and an overall ranking in the top 1/3 of their class, or be a sophomore math major with at least three semesters of math courses, including calculus, with all A's and an overall ranking in the top 1/4 of their class, or be a graduate student who meets either of the above requirements, and with a B average in math courses over the past year. Faculty or individuals with a special distinction in mathematics may also become members.

Professor Joan Weiss, Pi Mu Epsilon's past president, will make a formal presentation during the fall 2009 semester.

For more information, contact Chapter Advisor Joan Rosebush at