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Pi Mu Epsilon, the nation’s most prestigious mathematics honorary society, was chartered at Elon University on October 23, 2003.  The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among the students in academic institutions.

Pi Mu Epsilon was founded in 1914 at Syracuse University and was incorporated on May 25, 1914 under the laws of the State of New York. Its roots date back to a mathematics club which was founded at Syracuse in 1903. There are currently 350 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Other North Carolina universities with Pi Mu Epsilon chapters include Duke, Wake Forest, NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, and Appalachian State University.

A chapter may be chartered only in an academic institution whose standards are excellent in all liberal arts departments and particularly mathematics.  In order to qualify for a chapter, the petitioning institution must show that there has been an ongoing history of student mathematical activity outside the classroom, that there are adequate facilities to support these activities, and that the faculty at the institution are fully supportive of the goals and objectives of the society. The application requires information about the university, requirements for the mathematics degree, resumes of the math faculty members, library acquisitions, student research, participation in conferences, and technology.


  • Elon students may qualify for membership by being in the top third of their class, having taken calculus, and having at least 20 math credit hours with a grade point average in mathematics of at least 3.6.