• A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
  • A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.
  • Hartwick students giving a presentation in front of the class.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.

Kappa Mu Epsilon

KAPPA MU EPSILON is a specialized honor society in Mathematics. KME was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students.  Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major.  The chapters' members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction.  Both men and women are eligible for membership.  The society has grown steadily since its founding and today has one hundred eighteen chapters and approximately sixty-one thousand members in thirty-four states.

The Hartwick chapter of KME, the New York Nu chapter, was founded in 1992 under the leadership of Dr. Gary Stevens.  Induction to the society is held each spring, and membership now totals 123. 

2002-03 Officers:
President:  Adam Parsells
Vice-Pres:  Leslie Quattrini
Secretary:  Andreas Tsolakis
Treasurer:  Vickie Chan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ronald Brzenk

The KME crest is a shield enclosing a five-pointed star; in the star is the graph of the rose r = sin(5t), the symbol of pure mathematics.  Around the star are five symbols indicative of the many applications of mathematics.  At the upper right is a butterfly, for the biological sciences; at the lower right is a moon and three stars, for the physical sciences; at the bottom is the symbol S angle n, for the business world; in the lower left is a shamrock and a slide rule, symbolic of engineering; at the upper left is a book of knowledge, for the students and teachers who are continually extending the boundaries of mathematics and its applications.

Above the shield is the design of the badge of the Society, and below it is a streamer upon which is printed the Greek motto, which translated into English is "Develop an appreciation for the beauty in mathematics."