The Rochester Institute of Technology Department of Mathematics and Statistics was recently installed as a New York Alpha Kappa chapter of the national mathematics honor society, Pi Mu Epsilon. Six RIT students were inducted as charter members of Pi Mu Epsilon in recognition of their academic achievement and their efforts to promote mathematics awareness through the department’s PiRit organization. Inducted were Jennifer Baldwin, Brett Billings, Svetlana Bukharina, Calvin Farmer, Jennifer Goodenow and Garrett Manhart.
"I am very excited that we were able to start a chapter here on campus," says Marcia Birken, RIT professor of mathematics and statistics. "Every spring we will now be inducting our top students into memberships."
As faculty advisors, Birken and RIT professor David Ross—themselves member of Pi Mu Epsilon—will give students direction and tap into opportunities available to them at national and regional conferences.
"It’s a wonderful opportunity to promote recognition of mathematics and statistics in the Institution and an opportunity for our students to understand that they are part of a larger mathematical community," Birken says.
Pi Mu Epsilon, established in 1914 at Syracuse University, has 300 chapters throughout the United States. The organization is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding. More information about the national organization can be found at www.pme-math.org. For information about the RIT chapter, visit www.rit.edu/~673www/pme.html.
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