Pi Mu Epsilon, Illinois Alpha Chapter

PME logoPi Mu Epsilon (PME) is the National Mathematics Honorary Society that serves to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among the students in academic institutions.

Since its foundation in 1914 at Syracuse University, the Society has grown to include over 360 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Established in 1924, the Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PMEILA) was the first (Alpha) chartered Chapter in the Illinois state and the 7th overall.

PME members


To be elected as a member to the Illinois Alpha Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, a person must either be:

  • An undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who has met all of the following requirements:
    • Completion of the calculus sequence through MATH 241
    • Completion of at least two post-calculus courses that count toward a major in the mathematical sciences (for example MATH 347, 408, 416, 417, 444, 461 or 463)
    • a 3.5 or higher math GPA
    • a 3.2 or higher U of I GPA
  • A graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign whose mathematical work is at least equivalent to that required of a qualified undergraduate and who has a 3.0 or higher math GPA during his/her last school year prior to his/her election
  • A member of the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in mathematics or related subjects
  • In the very rare case, a person who has achieved distinction in a mathematical science, but is not described by 1–3.

We are currently accepting applications until Wednesday, November 1st at 5 PM. The membership form may be acquired here.

All payments are also due by November 1st at 5 PM. Please pay only via personal check or money order (which you can obtain at the Post Office) made payable to Philipp Hieronymi.

Applications and payments can be dropped off at 313 Altgeld, weekdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

You are welcome to contact the PME faculty advisor Philipp Hieronymi (phierony@illinois.edu) or Math Advising (mathadvising@illinois.edu) with any questions.

OfficersPME officers

  • President: Sunny Shah
  • Treasurer: Jingwen Bi
  • Secretary: Yao Xiao
  • Authorized Agents: John Haug, Krupa Swaminathan, Jose Sanchez
  • Chapter Adviser: Philipp Hieronymi (phierony@illinois.edu)
  • Permanent Faculty Correspondent: Alison Champion (abc@illinois.edu)

Description of the officer positions


The challenge problems typically require only calculus-level mathematics and familiarity with common proof techniques like mathematical induction and proof by contradiction. Hence, all members should already have the necessary background to tackle most challenge problems.

New Challenge

Old Challenges | 1–10

Problems from the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal

Meeting Minutes

Spring 2013
Spring 2010
Fall 2008