Area Students Being Inducted into Math and Science Honor Societies

banner image of male student_news & eventsSeveral area students will be inducted into two honor societies at Somerset Community College on March 30 as the Mu Alpha Theta and Sigma Zeta honor societies hold the 32nd annual initiation ceremony.

The Mu Alpha Theta (math) and Sigma Zeta (science and math) initiation ceremony will be held on March 30 at 3:30 p.m. on the Somerset Campus of Somerset Community College in the Harold Rogers Student Commons. Dr. John Pearson, alumnus of Somerset Community College, will be the guest speaker.

John PearsonPearson (pictured, right) is currently a research scientist in the departments of Neurobiology and Surgery at Duke University. He is a 1995 Mu Alpha Theta inductee and is a native of Somerset. Pearson is a graduate of Somerset Community College (AS, 1996), Southwestern High School (1996), the University of Kentucky (BS, 1999), and Princeton University (PhD, Physics, 2004). His graduate work in physics focused on string theory, the theory that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics with the general theory of relativity. Since moving to Duke University in 2005, he has worked in both theoretical and experimental neuroscience, investigating questions related to Parkinson’s disease, addiction, and disorders of decision making. His work has appeared in the journals Science, Nature Neuroscience, and Current Biology, among others. He is the son of Dale and Zella Pearson of Somerset and lives with his wife, Amber Díaz Pearson, in Durham, North Carolina.

Mu Alpha Theta is the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society with over 88,000 student members by June each school year in more than 1,800 schools, according to the organization. The society is dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students.

Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society was founded at Shurtleff College in Alton, Illinois in 1925, and has more than forty local chapters in colleges and universities across the United States. The Somerset Associate Chapter of Sigma Zeta was established in 1997, according to the organization. Sigma Zeta has two major purposes--first, the encouragement of scholarship in science and mathematics; and second, the recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement in these fields. Active members of the society are expected to work toward the fulfillment of these aims.

Those inducted into Mu Alpha Theta include the following:
• Brent Tyler Baker, London
• Thelma Elizabeth Bryant, London
• Michael Craig Campbell, Corbin
• Monica Daniele Campbell, London
• Shana Latavia Caudill, London
• Robert Michael Citak, Somerset
• Emily Cox, Somerset
• Ashley Creech, London
• Ebany Breaze Deaton, Oak Grove
• Caleb M. Dobbs, Monticello
• Mary Elizabeth Eaton, Somerset
• Katharine Taylor Estep, Science Hill
• Chelsie Brooke Fitzpatrick, Somerset
• Gaspar Miguel, Somerset
• Vanessa A. Hammond, Russell Springs
• Stacy Jo Hancock, Monticello
• Lauren Lynell Kirby, London
• Robert Joshua Parker, Somerset
• Betty J. Rader, McKee
• Dane Christian Rape, Somerset
• Shelbie Renee Russell, Somerset
• Robert Colby Upton, Somerset
• Charles Alan Willard, Russell Springs
• Stephen Andrew Zawko, London

Those being inducted into Sigma Zeta include the following:
• Mary Elizabeth Eaton, Somerset
• Jeremy Lyons, Science Hill
• Gaspar Gaspar Miguel, Somerset
• Stacy Hancock, Monticello
• Dane Rape, Somerset
• Emily Cox, Somerset
• Caleb Dobbs, Monticello
• Robert Joshua Parker, Somerset

To be eligible for Mu Alpha Theta honors, a student must have had at least one course at or above the precalculus level or a combination of algebra and trigonometry, a 3.5 overall grade point average in all two-year college mathematics courses at or above the college algebra and trigonometry/precalculus level and a 3.3 cumulative grade point average in all courses.

To be eligible for Sigma Zeta honors, a student must have completed 15 semester hours in the sciences and mathematics, have a science and math grade point average of 3.3 and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.