Mu Alpha Theta (MAO) is a national high school and two-year college mathematics honor society. The name of Mu Alpha Theta was created based on the Greek lettering for the phonemes “m,” “a,” and “th.” Mu Alpha Theta was founded in 1957 at the University of Oklahoma, and the club was established in 1983 at Northwest Rankin High School. One of the founders of the national club, Dr. Richard V. Andree, described MAO as “an organization dedicated to promoting scholarship in mathematics and establishing math as an integral part of high school and junior college education.”
Members use their gifts of service to benefit both their school and community. Members participate in many service projects, as well as providing free tutoring services. Every year, the club participates in raising money for classroom technology, School Beautification, Christmas presents for children in need, teacher appreciation, and a school wide recycling program. Overall, this organization strives to further the understanding of mathematics, encourage a more intense study of mathematics, and pass on an appreciation of the values and beauties of mathematics.
Every spring, MAO members across the state of Mississippi meet for convention. The state convention is held from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon in April in central Mississippi. The types of competitions held vary, from Written Tests and Relays to Scrapbook and Banner. For the full list of competitions and more information regarding State Convention, refer to the Convention Page here.