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Math Honor Society Wins Prestigious Award

5/25/2017 3:03:12 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society at New Mexico Junior College, won the prestigious Rubin Award from the Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society.  The award includes a cash prize of $2,500 for the student organization.

The Rubin Award is presented to a Mu Alpha Theta chapter that has provided outstanding mathematics service to the community for at least two years. The NMJC chapter won the award for its Pi Day Celebration, which takes place each year on March 14 (3.14). Thousands of people attended the Pi Day event in the spring, which featured over 100 booths with games and prizes for families to play and learn about math.

“We are so grateful for this,” said math professor Shyla McGill, who sponsors the NMJC math honor society. “Our students worked hard to make Pi Day the success it was, and it’s nice to be rewarded for all their efforts.”

Jennifer Bookwalter, the Executive Director of the Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society, stated in an email to McGill: “Our governing council was highly impressed by your Pi Day event. The New Mexico Junior College’s Mu Alpha Theta chapter is to be commended for its dedication to providing outstanding mathematics service to its community.”

Mu Alpha Theta is a national high school and junior college mathematics club. Founded in 1957 at the University of Oklahoma, the organization is dedicated to promoting scholarship in mathematics, and establishing math as an integral part of high school and junior college education.

The Rubin Award is named after Diane Rubin, who worked at the Mu Alpha Theta national office for 20 years. No school may receive the award more than once in a five-year period. In addition to the cash prize, a plaque will be presented to the winner at the national convention in Buffalo, New York in mid July.

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