Mu Alpha Theta (MAΘ) is the National High School and Community College Mathematics Honor Society, founded in 1957 by Dr. and Mrs. Richard V. Andree at the University of Oklahoma. The name Mu Alpha Theta was constructed from letters of the Greek alphabet matching the phonemes m, a, and th. The society is dedicated to inspiring a keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in mathematics, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics among high school and community college students. Today Mu Alpha Theta membership encompasses over 88,000 students in more than 1800 schools across the United States and overseas. The official journal of MAΘ is The Mathematical Log.
To be considered for full membership in Mu Alpha Theta, students must have already completed Algebra I and Geometry and must have a achieved a cumulative high school average of “90” or better in math as well as a cumulative high school average of "90" or better overall. The student's counselor must verify that these conditions have been met. In addition, the student must be recommended by three BL faculty or staff members as exemplary in scholarship, service, character, and behavior. Students demonstrate their strong interest in mathematics by being active participants in the mathematical activities provided by Mu Alpha Theta. Freshmen and sophomores who have not yet completed Algebra I and Geometry are eligible for associate membership until they qualify for full membership if they meet all the other qualifications. MAΘ’s officers for this year are Kevin Jung, President; Abraham Hwang, Vice-President; Rebecca Smith, Secretary; Frank Medrano, Treasurer; Hyun Seok Cho, Senior Board; Chris Boeding, Junior Board; and Amanda Ehnis, Sophomore Board.
The club is moderated by Mr. Morrow and meets in room 125 one Wednesday morning each month. The Bishop Lynch Chapter of MAΘ seeks to promote mathematical scholarship, while instilling interest in and enjoyment of mathematics among students, by offering students the opportunity to regularly test their mathematical aptitudes and develop their mathematical skills through contests with other students locally, regionally, and nationally. Most of these contests are only 30 minutes in length and are held immediately after school. Usually, there are no more than three or four contests scheduled each month from October through April.
Through Mu Alpha Theta, Bishop Lynch students have the chance to compete in the following competitions: The National Assessment and Testing’s Fall Startup Math Contest, the Fall and Spring Greater Dallas Council of Teachers of Mathematics “McNabb” Mathematics Contests, the Texas Math League’s 6 Contests, the National Catholic League’s 4 Advanced Math Contests, and Mu Alpha Theta’s 3-round “Log 1” Contest. The experience derived from participation in these contests can be expected to help students achieve higher scores on college entrance exams and placement tests, the American Mathematics Contest (AMC), the TAPPS Academic Contests, and AP math examinations. At the same time students have the chance to win individual/team recognition and honors at the local, state, and national levels for their mathematical abilities. Many students may even discover that mathematics is destined to play an important role in their futures.