Mu_alpha_thetaStudents who are passionate about math now have an opportunity to join the new MxCC math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta.  Mu Alpha Theta is the national high school and two-year college mathematics honor society with 93,300 student members in more than 1,950 schools.  What’s even more exciting is that MxCC is the first community college in Connecticut to offer a chapter of this honor society to its students!

To be eligible for induction, students must have at least one mathematics course at or above the college algebra or pre-calculus level with an overall GPA of 3.0.  And if you are in high school and considering attending MxCC, high school students who are in Mu Alpha Theta can transfer their membership to MxCC.

Interested students can join Mu Alpha Theta at anytime during the year.  All you have to do is make sure you meet the GPA requirements and meet me at my office.  Any student who meets the requirement and wishes to join the honor society has to pay a one-time $10 membership fee, but we are able to cover that cost for our students.

The Math Club and I have worked hard this past semester to charter the new honor society at the College.  Adding Mu Alpha Theta to MxCC couldn’t come at a better time with the College moving towards a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This new chapter of Mu Alpha Theta plays a key role in encouraging students to tap their dormant skills in math by participating in profound math discussions and fun contests. It is sure to cultivate a sense of community bonding where students can come together to appreciate math. Students will also donate their time in the community through different outreach activities and several fun group events this semester such as Pi Day and SUMS Conference at Brown.

The Math Club meets every Monday between 12:30-1:15 p.m. in room 606 in Chapman Hall.  Mu Alpha Theta meetings run as part of the Math Club meetings.  The Math Club and Mu Alpha Theta are planning many different activities this semester such as the Annual Math Contest and the SUMS Conference at Brown in March.  Students will be formally inducted into the honor society on Pi Day, which is celebrated on March 14 (3/14) around the world.

Dr. Rayappan

mary_rayappan2_webDr. Mary Rayappan is an assistant professor of math at MxCC and chapter sponsor of Mu Alpha Theta.  Dr. Rayappan was educated in India, earning a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and a master’s in business administration.