Mathematical Association of America Student Chapter

Students sitting on couches at a club event.

Founded in 1994, the Student Chapter is open to all students with an interest in Mathematics. Student Chapter members are able to join the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and subscribe to MAA journals at substantial discounts. Members also receive the quarterly Math Horizons at no charge.

Chapter activities include attending and making presentations at the semi-annual meetings of the Maryland, D.C., Virginia section of the MAA, inviting speakers for special lectures, and planning social activities. The Spring '96 section meeting was held at Randolph-Macon, where senior Josh Pepper won the award for best student presentation in the section.In the Spring of 2000, students Neil Bridge and Thadd Selden received second place in the student presentation awards. In addition, events are scheduled on campus specifically for the R-MC chapter. The most recent event was the showing of Archimedes' Secret in April 2003 (see photos above).

For further information about the student chapter, or to join, contact Professor Eve Torrence.

The MAA maintains a great list of resources, competitions, opportunities for research and employment, and more - just for students. Visit the MAA Student's Page and browse.

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Mu EpsilonPi Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honor society, was founded in 1914 at Syracuse University and was incorporated on May 25, 1914 under the laws of the state of New York. Pi Mu Epsilon is a non-secret organization whose purpose is the promotion of scholarly activity in mathematics among students in academic institutions and among staffs of qualified non-academic institutions.

The local organizations of Pi Mu Epsilon are the Chapters. The Virginia Iota Chapter was established at Randolph-Macon College in 1996. Charter members include Joshua Pepper, Julie Jones, Shawn Pickerell, Todd Saunders, and Christopher St. Jean.

For further information visit the Pi Mu Epsilon Home Page.

Guest Speaker Dr. 'Bud'

Each Spring the Virginia Iota Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon holds an initiation ceremony to induct its new members. The ceremony is always accompanied by an interesting talk from someone outside of the R-MC community. The 2003 ceremony was certainly no exception. Dr. Ezra "Bud" Brown from Virginia Tech spoke on "Elliptic Curves from Mordell to Diophantus and Back." Dr. Brown is an award winning teacher and writer of expository mathematics and an accomplished speaker. He is very adept at sharing his excitement about mathematics with others. Following Dr. Brown's talk, seven new members were inducted into the local Pi Mu Epsilon chapter: Lindsay Garofalo, Jayhoon Jung, Julia Kelly, Jonathan Perkins, Matthew Preddy, Kelly Prestipino, and Lyle Walden. Congratulations to our newest members.

New Members of the RMC chapter of Pi Mu EpsilonFor further information about the Randolph-Macon chapter, contact Professor Adrian Rice.