Pi Mu Epsilon - Math Honors Society

Pi Mu Epsilon is a non-secret honor society whose purpose is the promotion and recognition of scholarly activity in the mathematical sciences among students at the academic institutions that have been chartered as Chapters of the Society.

The University of Montana chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon (Montana Alpha) was established in 1925 and was the 9th chapter ever to be established. Montana Alpha was the first chapter in Montana and also the first chapter established in the West! Members of Pi Mu Epsilon are entitled to wear the purple and gold honor cords at graduation.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Members of the faculty in mathematics or related subjects.
  4. Any persons who have achieved distinction in a mathematical science.

Qualified students of the University of Montana are sent an invitation to join in spring semester of every year and are inducted during the Department’s Awards Ceremony in April. For more information, contact the Associate Chair for the Undergraduate Program.