Virginia Mu Chapter Report

Institution: Christopher Newport University

Reporting Year: 2016-2017

Advisor: Hongwei Chen

Advisor's Email Address:

Has There Been a Change in Chapter Advisor During the Past Year?: No

Permanent Faculty Correspondent: 

Permanent Faculty Correspondent's Email Address: 

Officers: President: Haseeb-Ullah Baha Vice President: Steven Rosendahl Secretary: Emily Heavner

Chapter Website: http://

Number of New Members: 12

Number of Continuing Members: 24

Activities: With the CNU Math Club, the members of Pi Mu Epsilon have hosted events such as the ``Pi Day Celebration'' and ``Tuesday Talks'' at which students present their research or topics such as applying for graduate school are discussed. Many members worked to solve the ``Problem of the Week'' and some also submitted solutions to the problems posed in the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal.

Do any of your chapter members plan to attend or present at the PME National Meeting this year? No.

Do you have any news about current students or recent graduations? For example, scholarships or other awards, acceptances to graduate school, paper presentations at conferences, etc.
Two students have been accepted to PhD programs and are receiving funding to support their academic pursuits--one will be attending the University of Virginia, the other, Colorado State University. Another student will be working towards his master's degree at George Mason University. A sophomore undergraduate student presented her research at the MD-DC-VA sectional meeting of the MAA. Three other students also attended the conference.

If you were awarded a PME Lectureship, Conference, or Prize Grant within the past year, please briefly describe the results.
PME Councillor Chad Awtrey of Elon University was invited to campus through the Richard A. Good Lectureship Grant. Dr. Awtrey presided over the Pi Mu Epsilon induction ceremony as well as gave the keynote address. His address entitled "Symmetries of polynomial roots: undergraduate research in abstract algebra" was attended by Pi Mu Epsilon members and inductees; faculty; and family and friends of the inductees. During his visit, Dr. Awtrey also spoke as part of our colloquium series. Along with providing an informative talk about undergraduate research, he presented the results of a research project jointly completed with an undergraduate mentee. This presentation was attended by twenty-four Christopher Newport students and faculty.