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The Organization and Purpose of the Association of College Honor Societies
 

Higher education and the ACHS, like all categories of Greek letter organizations, face the problem of developing and maintaining high standards in college honor societies. Individual associations and conferences in the general social and professional fields are also studying ways and means of improving conditions. Educational associations and councils are cooperating. While progress was slow and difficult at times during the early history of the ACHS, great progress has been made since 1945 by joint action of college administrators and faculty members and representatives of the major societies and fraternities and their respective associations. The real solution to the problem requires such a cooperative combination of forces.

The objective of the ACHS now is to encourage all general and specialized honor societies to join forces for the establishment and maintenance of desirable standards and useful functions in higher education, and for the achievement of appropriate recognition of member societies of the Council of ACHS. To this end, the ACHS invites qualified societies to affiliate with it. Societies that do not meet the standards will be helped in every way possible to come up to them. Special attention is called to the Bylaws of the ACHS and to the statements of definitions, standards, and requirements for membership and functions of honor societies.

Progress toward achieving the present objective of the ACHS is found in two specific developments. The first of these is that the editor of Baird’s Manual gained editorial assistance in the problem of classifying the numerous societies. Extension of common categories is an instance of cooperation in maintaining honor society standards.

The second development is closely related to the question of honor society standards. In a letter dated April 13, 1973, the U.S. Civil Service Commission stated, “Membership in a national honorary society meets one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the Federal service. However, applicants must meet all of the requirements as described in the particular Federal Job Announcement covering the positions for which they apply.” This affords a very tangible acknowledgment that organizations maintaining honor society standards merit distinction.

The third development is the approval of ACHS standards by the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) for its honor society standards in April 2005. These standards in the functional areas of higher education are used by institutions in self-studies for accreditation purposes.
 

The Honor Society in American Colleges
 

The idea that underlies the honor societies in American colleges and universities is threefold. They exist primarily to recognize the attainment of scholarship of a superior quality. In the second place, a few societies recognize the development of leadership qualities, character, and good campus citizenship in addition to a strong scholarship record. Thirdly, and to the degree that they make this recognition a thing to be coveted, they encourage the production of superior scholarship and leadership.

To accomplish these objectives, it is clear that an honor society must define and maintain a truly high standard of eligibility for membership and achieve sufficient status by so doing that membership becomes something to be highly valued. The second point is greatly advanced if the significance of membership is appreciated over a wide area; thus, the society with a number of chapters at accredited institutions is stronger than one that is purely local, and societies known and admired outside the college may be regarded as having achieved maturity and success.

The honor society has followed the expansion and specialization of higher education in America. When Phi Beta Kappa was organized in 1776, there was no thought given to its field, since all colleges then in existence were for the training of men for the service of the church and the state. With the expansion of education into new fields a choice had to be made, and Phi Beta Kappa elected to operate in the field of liberal arts and sciences. Although this was not finally voted in until 1898, the trend was evident earlier, as the 1880s saw the establishment of Tau Beta Pi in the field of engineering and Sigma Xi in scientific research.

Early in the 20th century, other honor societies came into being. One of these, Phi Kappa Phi, was started by the presidents of three state universities, with the thought that these institutions should have their honor society; later, its field was wisely extended to include any institution of university scope, accepting into membership superior students of all schools of which they are a part. More recently another scholarship honor society covering all academic fields, Alpha Chi, was organized. With these exceptions, and the exception of Alpha Kappa Mu, Delta Epsilon Sigma, and Alpha Sigma Nu that had origins in Black, Catholic, or Jesuit colleges and universities, scholarship honor societies have followed the earlier tradition of selecting a specific field of coverage. Thus, for example: Delta Mu Delta elects in the field of business administration, Pi Kappa Lambda in music, and Rho Chi in pharmacy.

Three interesting and important variations have developed since 1900. One of these recognizes the values of extracurricular activities and the development of general campus citizenship. Prime requisite for election is meritorious attainments in all-around leadership in college life. In this field, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board have achieved excellent reputations. It is to be noted that both have a strong requirement of scholarship.

A second variation is represented by the numerous societies that draw their membership from the various departments of study, recognizing good work in the field of the student’s special field of study. These societies are generally known as departmental, or specialized honor societies and are represented by such societies as Sigma Pi Sigma in physics; Alpha Epsilon Delta in pre-medicine; Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha in forensics; Phi Alpha Theta in history; Eta Kappa Nu in electrical engineering; Pi Tau Sigma in mechanical engineering; Tau Sigma Delta in architecture and allied arts; Pi Sigma Alpha in political science; Phi Sigma in the biological sciences; Phi Sigma Iota in foreign languages; Alpha Pi Mu in industrial engineering; Pi Gamma Mu in social science; Chi Epsilon in civil engineering; Kappa Tau Alpha in journalism; Phi Sigma Tau in philosophy; and Sigma Theta Tau in nursing.

The third variation recognizes scholastic achievement during the freshman year and encourages its members toward higher goals. This field of freshman scholarship honor societies is represented by Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta.

The fourth variation, approved in 1993, recognizes achievement in associate degree programs. This field is represented by Alpha Beta Gamma and Psi Beta.
 

College Fraternities and Societies Defined
 

The following statements defining college professional and social fraternities and honor and recognition societies with their basic purposes, standards, and membership requirements have been issued by the respective groups for distribution to faculty and administration members and advisors, students leaders, and fraternal officers in general.
 

HONOR SOCIETIES

An honor society is an association of primarily collegiate members and chapters whose purposes are to encourage and recognize superior scholarship and/or leadership achievement either in broad fields of education or in departmental fields at either undergraduate or graduate levels. Basic standards and requirements for membership include the following:

  1. General honor societies that base membership eligibility primarily upon the attainment of high scholarship in a broad field of study shall elect members from the highest 20 percent of the class in scholarship.
  2. General honor societies that base membership eligibility primarily upon all-around leadership attainment in student affairs shall elect from the entire institution honor students from the highest 35 percent of the class in scholarship.
  3. Specialized honor societies that elect persons actively interested in a specific field shall elect from the upper 35 percent of the class in scholarship.
  4. Election to membership shall be irrespective of membership in or affiliation with other organizations and associations.
  5. Membership shall be conferred solely on the basis of character and specified eligibility. See pp. 18 and 19 for more detail.
  6. No solicitation or propaganda, such as rushing and social pressure, shall be used to ensure acceptance of invitation to membership.
  7. Collegiate chapters of member ACHS societies shall be established only in colleges and universities that grant the associate, baccalaureate, or higher degrees and are accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency.

—Association of
College Honor Societies

RECOGNITION SOCIETIES

A recognition society is an organization that confers membership in recognition of a student’s interest and participation in some field of collegiate study or activity with more liberal membership requirements than are prescribed for general and specialized honor societies.

—Association of
College Honor Societies

GENERAL SOCIAL FRATERNITIES

Men’s general college social fraternities function by mutual selection on the part of members and prospects and include both student chapters and alumni associations. These fraternities serve to fulfill developmental needs of their members through programs of academic enrichment, leadership experiences, social interaction, community service, and collegiate involvement. Chapters are located at fully accredited institutions and are affiliated with national organizations, most of which are associated together in either the National Interfraternity Conference or the Association of College Fraternities.

The National Panhellenic Conference is a body composed of member women’s fraternities, or sororities, each of which is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter society of college women, undergraduate and alumnae. Women’s fraternities are one of the extras of campus life, enhancing the value of a college education by fostering scholarship, self-discipline, and participation in worthwhile student activities. High ideals of member groups of NPC are based upon ethical standards of conduct, mutual assistance, and service to college, community, and humanity.

PROFESSIONAL FRATERNITIES

A professional fraternity is a specialized fraternity which limits its student membership to a specific field of professional education in accredited colleges and universities offering courses leading to recognized degrees therein; which maintains mutually exclusive membership in that field, but may initiate members of the general social fraternities; and which organizes its group life specifically to promote professional competency and achievement within its field. The professional fraternity confines its membership to qualified students (and faculty members) in a particular profession who are pursuing an organized curriculum leading to a professional degree in that field, has a minimum scholastic requirement for membership usually above passing, elects its members after a careful investigation and generally by a unanimous secret ballot. It initiates its members early in their professional college life, enabling them to participate actively and beneficially in the professional aims of the fraternity, holds frequent meetings, conducts professional and social activities, and frequently maintains a chapter house or quarters. Professional fraternities also sponsor programs of special value to alumni members.

—Professional Interfraternity Conference

Professional fraternity—A specialized fraternity which confines its membership to a specific field of professional education in accredited colleges and universities; maintains mutually-exclusive membership in that professional field, but may initiate members of the social college fraternities; and organizes its group life specifically to promote professional competency and achievement within its field.

—Professional Panhellenic Conference

 
Bylaws: Association of College Honor Societies
 

Adopted February 22, 1992; Amended February 20, 1999; Amended February 18, 2000; Amended February 16, 2001; Amended February 15, 2002; Amended February 24, 2006.

Mission

The mission of the Association of College Honor Societies is to build a visibly cohesive community of national and international honor societies, individually and collaboratively exhibiting excellence in scholarship, service, programs, and governance.

 

Article I-Name

The name of this organization shall be the Association of College Honor Societies, hereinafter referred to as the Association.

 

Article II-Purposes

The Association is a community of honor societies banded together to provide leadership and a unified voice to forge a strong shared image by:

  1. Acting as the coordinating agency for college and university honor societies.
  2. Providing for the consideration of matters of mutual interest, such as administrative concerns, establishment and maintenance of scholastic and other standards, membership costs, functions of honor societies, and encouraging and facilitating collaboration and cooperation among honor societies with similar goals, so that they may better meet the needs of the honors community.
  3. Defining honor societies of the several types and to classify existing societies into their proper categories under these definitions.
  4. Cooperating with college and university faculties and administrative officers in developing and maintaining high standards and useful functions within honor societies that are organized or seek to be organized.
  5. Collecting, publishing, and distributing information and data of value to honor societies, colleges, universities, and publishers of directories and journals.
  6. Encouraging in its member societies the promotion of excellence in scholarly achievement and such core values as honor, integrity, character, and leadership.

 

Article III-Members

Member societies of the Association shall be national or international and general or specialized honor societies which are primarily associations of collegiate chapters whose purposes are to recognize and encourage superior scholarship and/or leadership achievement in some broad or specialized field of study at either undergraduate or graduate levels and which meet the following minimal standards:

Section 1. General Honor Societies. A general honor society is one which receives into membership persons from a broad field of study in one or all schools and colleges of an institution who have achieved high scholarship and who fulfill such additional requirements of leadership as the society has established. A general or broad field of study may cross all disciplines or be within one area with related but distinct units. A broad field of study is one in which a systematic development of the mind and of cultural values are acquired through instruction, training, example, and experience.

A. Grade Eligibility. General Honor Societies which base eligibility (1) primarily upon scholarship shall elect undergraduates who rank not lower than the highest twenty percent of their class in overall scholarship. General Honor Societies which base eligibility (2) primarily upon all-around leadership shall elect from the entire institution undergraduates who rank not lower than the highest thirty-five percent of their class in overall scholarship. The cumulative scholastic record of the student as interpreted by the institution where membership is to be conferred shall be the basis for computing scholastic eligibility for the purpose of classification in ranks.

B. Categories of Honor Societies. General Honor Societies are classified by class standing; (1) General Upper Division, (2) General Lower Division, and (3) General Graduate.

C. Election. Election to membership in General Upper Division Honor Societies shall be held not earlier than the fifth semester or the seventh quarter of the college course. Persons elected to membership in general Lower Division Honor Societies (1) shall have accumulated the number of credit hours used by the institution to designate full-time status with at least 12 hours in courses leading to the associate degree or (2) shall have accumulated at the close of any curricular period during the freshman year the number of credit hours used by the institution to designate full-time status. Persons elected to membership in General Graduate Honor Societies shall have accumulated the number of graduate credit hours used by the institution to designate one full-term equivalency for one academic term.

Section 2. Specialized Honor Societies. A specialized honor society is one which receives into membership persons who have demonstrated high scholarship within a specialized or given field of study of a school, college, or larger unit of a university or within a field of study of a two-year college.

A. Grade Eligibility. Specialized honor societies which elect persons actively interested in a specific field shall elect only those who have demonstrated superior scholarship in this field. Undergraduates who are elected shall rank not lower than the highest thirty-five percent of their class in general scholarship. The cumulative scholastic record of the student as interpreted by the institution where membership is to be conferred shall be the basis for computing scholastic eligibility for the purpose of classification in ranks.

B. Categories of Honor Societies. Specialized Honor Societies are classified by class standing: (1) Specialized Upper Division, (2) Specialized Lower Division, and (3) Specialized Graduate.

C. Election. Persons elected to membership in Specialized Upper Division Honor Societies shall have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of the college course. Persons elected to membership in Specialized Lower Division Honor Societies shall have accumulated the number of credit hours used by the institution to designate full-time status with at least 12 hours in courses leading to the associate degree. Persons elected to membership in Specialized Graduate Honor Societies shall have accumulated the number of graduate credit hours used by the institution to designate one full-term equivalency for one academic term.

Section 3. Research Honor Societies. A Research Honor Society is one that receives into membership persons who have demonstrated achievement in a field of pure or applied science. Standards for membership shall be set to include initial research success and noteworthy achievement as an original investigator.

Section 4. Classes of Member Societies. There shall be two classes of member societies:

A. Active voting member societies shall meet all requirements for membership in the Association.

B. Associate nonvoting member societies shall meet all requirements for membership except those regarding age or size as specified in Article III, Section 6.

Section 5. Election of a Society to Membership.Election to membership shall be by a four-fifths affirmative vote of the Council at the Annual Meeting.

Section 6. Dues, Fees, and Assessments.The amount of any dues, fees, or assessments for any class of membership in the Association shall be established by the Council. The dues year shall be the same as the fiscal year.

Section 7. Standards and Requirements for Society Membership. For membership in the Association, a society shall conform to the following minimal standards:

A. To ensure that all Association members have developed a proven record of exhibiting excellence in scholarship, service, programs, and governance, a society shall have existed as a national organization for at least ten years before becoming an active voting member of the Association and for at least five years before becoming an associate nonvoting member of the Association. Further, a society shall have met all the standards for affiliation continuously for at least one full year.

B. Election of persons to membership in a member society shall be conferred solely on the basis of character and specified eligibility, and shall be irrespective of membership in or affiliation with other organizations and associations. No solicitation or propaganda, such as rushing or social pressure, shall be used to ensure invitation to or acceptance of membership. Invitation to membership must be from an official chapter. Chapters shall not discriminate on any basis prohibited by law.

C. A society shall have ten or more active collegiate chapters located in two or more geographic areas of the United States. An active collegiate chapter shall be defined as one which holds elections to membership at least annually, except in national emergencies, and includes active student members. An inactive chapter shall be one in which no elections have been held for two or more consecutive years.

D. Collegiate chapters of societies shall be established, maintained, or reactivated only in U.S. colleges and universities that grant the associate, baccalaureate, or higher degrees and that are accredited by one of the following accrediting agencies: the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Northwest Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Two-year vocational, technical, and career institutions offering general or specialized programs which lead to career opportunities shall not be eligible, except those institutions accredited by the aforementioned regional accrediting agencies. No society shall grant a charter to a chapter in any institution which fails to meet fully the standards and requirements of the Association. Formal chartering of campus chapters shall require approval by a petition from the institution and, if appropriate, the college/department. Official action of the governing body of the honor society is also required.

E. Societies that allow for the establishment of collegiate chapters at non-U.S. institutions of higher learning shall be responsible for determining that such institutions meet and maintain the Association’s standards and requirements with regard to the mission and quality of eligible institutions.

F. To further the purposes of this organization, the organizing instrument for each society must specifically state that the society is organized on a membership basis. This structure is necessary to ensure that the interests of individual members are advanced. Further, the organizing instrument and bylaws of a society must assure democratic participation in the society’s governance. At a minimum, individual members of each society shall have the right to elect all members of its governing board, either in an individual or representative capacity, and shall have the power to adopt, amend, or repeal policies of the society. At least once every four years, a member society shall take the following actions, either at a national convention or through an equivalent democratic process: conduct elections of members of its governing board; establish authority for control of the affairs of the society; and present a report of national finances covering the period since the immediately preceding financial report. Each requirement set forth in this subsection (F) shall be addressed in the organizing instrument and/or bylaws of a society.

G. Admission fees and dues charged by a society shall not be more than is deemed reasonable by the Council of the Association.

H. By December 1, each society shall submit to the Association an annual report, which shall include society contact information, the most recent financial statement that includes the society’s annual operating expenses, and such other information as may be requested by the Board of Directors.

I. Each society shall furnish the Association with a current copy of its constitution and/or bylaws, and shall report annually any amendments to that document by December 1 to accompany the annual report.

Section 8. Resignation. A member society desiring to resign from the Association shall submit such resignation in writing to the Association office.

Section 9. Suspension/Expulsion for Nonpayment. If a member society fails to pay dues, fees, or assessments, membership in the Association shall automatically terminate under uniform rules, procedures, and conditions established by the Board of Directors.

Section 10. Suspension/Expulsion for Cause.Membership of a society in the Association may be suspended or terminated by the Council for cause. Sufficient cause for such suspension or termination of membership may be violation of these Bylaws or any lawful rule or practice adopted by the Association, or other conduct deemed by the Council to be prejudicial to the best interest of the Association. Charges or complaints regarding a member society may be submitted in writing to the President by any member of the Council and, when submitted, shall be investigated by the Board of Directors. A statement of the charges shall be sent by registered mail to the last recorded address of the member society, accompanied by notice of the time and place of the meeting at which the charges are to be considered. At least thirty days’ notice shall be given, and the member society shall have the opportunity to be represented in person or to be represented by counsel and to present any defense to such charges before action is taken by the Council. The Council may adopt such rules as may be necessary to assure due process to the member society. The decision for suspension or termination shall be by a four-fifths affirmative vote of the Council at the Annual Meeting.

Section 11. Reinstatement. Any member society having resigned from membership or having forfeited membership for failure to pay dues, fees, or assessments, may be reinstated upon application to the Board of Directors, upon meeting such uniform terms and conditions as may be established by the Council, and by a four-fifths affirmative vote of the Council at the Annual Meeting.

 

Article IV-Council

Section 1. Council. The Council shall be the policy-making body of the Association, subject to these Bylaws and the laws of the state or commonwealth in which the Association is incorporated.

Section 2. The voting members of the Council shall consist of one representative, preferably the executive, from each active voting member society, selected by that society to serve a term of one year or until a successor is selected.

Section 3. Annual Meeting. The annual convention of the Association shall be known as the Annual Meeting, and shall be held at a time and place the Board of Directors shall determine, and at which time the Council shall meet.

Section 4. Official Call.The official call to the Annual Meeting giving the time and place of the meeting(s) of the Council shall be mailed to the address of record of each member society at least 30 days in advance of the Annual Meeting.

Section 5. Quorum. A quorum for the transaction of business at meetings of the Council shall be the official representatives of a majority of the active voting member societies of the Association.

Section 6. Representatives of the associate nonvoting member societies shall have the privilege of the floor, but without vote. The Council may, at its discretion, invite to its meetings representatives of other organizations, to have the privilege of the floor, but without vote.

Section 7. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Council shall be called by the President upon written request of three-fourths of the members of the Board of Directors or two-thirds of the active voting member societies. Such special meetings shall be held within fifty days of such request. The time and place of a special meeting shall be mailed to the address of record for each member society. Not less than five days’ notice of a special meeting shall be given, and only that business specified in the call may be transacted.

Section 8. Board Report. The Board shall provide to the Council an annual report showing the following information for the fiscal year immediately preceding the date of the report: summary of actions; assets and liabilities as of the end of the fiscal year; the principal changes in assets and liabilities; the expenses or disbursements of the Association, for both general and restricted purposes; the number of members of the Association as of the date of the report, together with a statement of increase or decrease in such number, and a statement of the place where the names and addresses of current members may be found.

 

Article V-Board of Directors

Section 1. Composition. The Board of Directors shall consist of seven directors elected from among the voting members of the Council at the Annual Meeting to serve staggered three-year terms or until their successors are elected and the Executive Director as ex-officio without vote. An elected director may not serve more than two consecutive terms. The Board shall consist of two General society representatives, two Specialized society representatives, and three At-Large representatives.

Section 2. Powers and Duties.The Board of Directors shall have general supervision of the Association between meetings of the Council, shall administer the policies, programs, and activities of the Association as formulated by the Council; shall employ an Executive Director to be responsible for the operation of a national office; shall develop governing policies that concern goals, executive limitations, board process, and board/executive relations; and is vested with full power to conduct all business of the Association between meetings of the Council. The Board of Directors shall be subject to the orders of the Council, and none of its actions shall conflict with action taken by the Council. The Board of Directors shall arrange the order of business for the Annual Meeting, shall cause to be bonded all officers and employees entrusted with property, real and personal, belonging to the Association, cause the accounts of the Association to be audited annually, submit to the Council for adoption a budget for the next fiscal year, approve such amendments to the budget as may be necessary or appropriate, review the reports of officers and committees of the Association and any recommendations and resolutions to come before the Council and to make recommendations thereto, adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of the affairs of the Association, and perform such other duties as are prescribed or permitted by the laws of the state or commonwealth in which the Association is incorporated for a board of directors or by these Bylaws and the policies adopted by the Council.

Section 3. Regular Meetings. There shall be at least one regular meeting of the Board of Directors which shall be called by the President at the time and place of the Annual Meeting of the Council.

Section 4. Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called by the President with the approval of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors, and shall be called upon the written request of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors. Not less than five days’ notice shall be given except for meetings which may be called during the Annual Meeting. Business shall be limited to that which is mentioned in the call. The expense of attendance of members of the Board of Directors at special meetings other than those held during the Annual Meeting may be budgeted by the Association.

Section 5. Quorum. A majority of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.

Section 6. Voting by Mail or Conference Call.

A. Mail Ballot. Any question may be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors for determination in lieu of a meeting of the Board of Directors. If one-third of the members challenge the mail ballot on the grounds that insufficient information is available for proper consideration of the question, the question will be postponed to the next meeting of the Board of Directors. A report of any action taken by mail ballot shall be verified and made a part of the minutes of the next meeting of the Board of Directors.

B. Conference Call. Members of the Board of Directors may participate in a meeting of the Board of Directors through conference telephone or similar communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other at the same time, and such participation shall constitute presence in person at the meeting.

 

Article VI-Officers

Section 1. Officers. The officers of this Association shall be a President, a Vice President, and a Secretary-Treasurer. The officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these Bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Association.

The President shall preside at all meetings of the Council and the Board of Directors, serve as an ex-officio member of Board committees except the Nominating Committee, and provide leadership to the Board of Directors. Upon completion of term of office, the President shall automatically receive the honorific title of President Emeritus.

The Vice President shall have the powers of and perform the duties of the President during any absence or disability of the President, and shall fill the vacancy until the President can resume the duties of that office or until the annual election of officers.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall act as recording secretary of the Council and the Board of Directors; shall provide fiduciary leadership to the Board of Directors; and shall perform other such duties as prescribed in these Bylaws or as directed by the Board of Directors.

Section 2. Elections.The officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors from among their own number to serve terms of one year or until their successors are elected. No officer shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office.

Section 3. Vacancies. Should the office of Vice President or Secretary-Treasurer or other director become vacant, these shall be filled by appointment by the Board of Directors to serve until the next Council.

Section 4. Resignation. Any elected officer or director may resign by submitting that resignation in writing to the Board of Directors.

Section 5. Removal for Cause.Any member of the Board of Directors may be removed for cause. Sufficient cause for such removal may be violation of these Bylaws, or any lawful rule, practice, or procedure adopted by the Association or other conduct deemed by the Council to be prejudicial to the best interests of the Association. For removal of a director for cause, it shall be necessary for the Council to hold a formal hearing. A statement of the charges shall be sent by registered mail to the recorded address of the director, accompanied by notice of the time and place of the meeting at which the charges are to be considered. At least thirty days’ notice shall be given, and the director shall have the opportunity to appear in person or to be represented by counsel and to present any defense to such charges before action is taken. The Council shall adopt such rules as may be necessary to assure due process to the director. The decision for removal shall be made by a four-fifths affirmative vote of the Council at the Annual Meeting.

 

Article VII-Executive Director

The Executive Director shall be employed by and serve under the direction of the Board of Directors as the chief executive officer of the Association. The Executive Director shall implement policies and programs of the Council and Board of Directors; be responsible for relations with members and external groups; supervise and manage the offices of the Association and engage all employees; serve as custodian of properties, deeds, records, and archives belonging to the Society and hold, invest, and disburse monies according to policies established by the Board of Directors; and coordinate and expedite work of the Council, Board of Directors, and committees.

 

Article VIII-Committees

Section 1. Board Standing Committees shall be established by the Council. Special Committees shall be established by the Council or the Board of Directors. The Chairs and members shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors, unless stipulated otherwise elsewhere in these Bylaws. The Board Standing Committees of the Association shall be:

A. The Bylaws Committee shall study issues referred to it by the Council or the Board of Directors and amendments submitted by individual members or committees and prepare appropriate amendments for consideration by the Board of Directors and the Council.

B. The Nominating Committee of five members shall be elected by the Council, two in even years and three in odd years. Candidates for the Nominating Committee shall reflect the diversity of the membership. It shall be the responsibility of this Committee to nominate candidates for directors and for the nominating committee to be filled at the Council Meeting. The Committee chair shall be elected annually by the Committee from among the five members. A member of the Nominating Committee may not be nominated for any vacancy without resigning as a member of the Nominating Committee. Before the election, additional nominations from the floor shall be permitted.

C. The Committee on Standards and Definitions shall study issues related to standards and definitions of honor societies and recommend principles to guide the Council in its work, and shall examine compliance of constitutions and/or bylaws of member societies with respect to Association standards and make recommendations to the Board of Directors and the Council.

D. The Long Range Planning and Strategic Issues Committee shall evaluate the goals and objectives of the Association and make recommendations for changes as deemed necessary.

E. The Program Committee shall prepare the Annual Meeting agenda and program in consultation with and with the approval of the Board of Directors.

F. The Committee on Eligibility and Admissions shall correspond with organizations in order to determine their interest in affiliation with the Association and shall assist in the development of petitions for membership. It shall review objectives, governance, and activities of student organizations to determine eligibility of such societies for admission into the Association and shall make recommendations to the Board of Directors and the Council.

G. The Committee on Public Information shall publicize the Association and its Annual Meeting by distributing news releases to representatives of member societies and appropriate associations and agencies, and shall promote the objectives and interests of the Association to other organizations and to the public through exhibits, exchanges, printed materials, and other appropriate means.

H. The Association Management Committee shall study tax developments and new regulations, keep abreast of association management trends in non-profits, and inform the Board of Directors and the Council of changes pertinent to member societies.

 

Article IX-Indemnification

The Association shall have the power to indemnify any person who is or was a Council representative, officer, Board of Directors member, employee, or agent of the Association or who is or was serving at the request of the Association as a delegate, director, officer, employee, or agent of another association, society, corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, or other enterprise, to the full extent permitted by law. The Association may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of such persons against any liability asserted against him or her and incurred by him or her in any such capacity or arising out of his or her status as such, whether or not the Association would have the power to indemnify him or her against any such liability. Such persons shall not be personally liable for monetary damages for any action taken unless the person has breached or failed to perform the duties of the office and the breach or failure to perform constitutes self-dealing, willful misconduct, or recklessness. Exception: The above shall not apply to the responsibility or liability of a person pursuant to any criminal statute or the liability for the payment of taxes pursuant to federal, state, or local law.

 

Article X-Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the Association is October 1 to September 30.

 

Article XI-Net Earnings/Activities/Dissolution

Section 1. The Association is a nonprofit organization that will be financed under a general plan which may include, without limitation, member dues and assessments, contributions from the general public, fund raising activities, loans and grants from third parties, and income from investments, as shall be deemed necessary and appropriate to further the purposes of the Association.

Section 2. The Association is organized exclusively for charitable educational purposes, including receiving and administering funds and making distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Section 3. Upon the dissolution of the Association, the Council shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the Association, dispose of all of the assets of the Association exclusively for the purposes of the Association in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operating exclusively for charitable, education, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, as the Council shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the Association is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

 

Article XII-Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and any special rules of order the Association may adopt.

 

Article XII-Amendment of Bylaws

These Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Council by a two-thirds affirmative vote provided that a copy of the proposed amendment has been sent to each member society and each member of the Board of Directors at least thirty days prior to the meeting, or without notice at any meeting of the Council by a three-fourths affirmative vote.
 

 

Functions of an Honor Society
 

The functions of an honor society are not social as in the case of general college fraternities and sororities. Social activities of honor societies are incidental and occasional, usually in connection with major activities. The following functions are properly served by an honor society:

  • To confer distinction for high achievement in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies, in student leadership, and in various fields of research.
  • To foster the spirit of liberal culture.
  • To stimulate and encourage mental development.
  • To stand for freedom of mind and spirit and for democracy of learning.
  • To provide spiritual and intellectual leadership.
  • To preserve valuable traditions and customs.
  • To associate outstanding leaders in mutual understanding for the advancement of society in the art of democratic living.
  • To stimulate worthy attitudes for the improvement of the general welfare of the institution.
  • To impose upon members high citizenship responsibilities and to emphasize deeper study and discussion of the American tradition-its characteristics, ideals, and possibilities.


Member Societies
   

Alpha Beta Gamma — Business

Founded in 1970 at Manchester, Connecticut.
Admitted to ACHS: 1996
No of Active Chapters: 179
Total Membership: 69940
Publications: Honors Journal, Scholarship Directory, Chapter Operating Manual

 
PURPOSE:
 To confer distinction for high academic achievement in business studies; to encourage scholarship, intellectual development, and the pursuit of excellence in business careers; to teach leadership; to provide for an exchange of intellectual ideas; to provide networking opportunities for business students. Exceptional business professionals and academicians are recognized through honorary membership. All members are lifetime members.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership is limited to students enrolled in business degree programs who have achieved a minimum of 3.0/4.0 cumulative grade point average and who have earned 30 credits towards a business degree and rank in the top 35% of their class.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. John D. Christesen, CEO, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY 10595-1698
Tel: (914) 606-6877  Fax: (914) 606-6331
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.ABG.org

Last updated: 11/30/2011



Alpha Chi — All Academic Fields

Founded at a conference of Texas colleges held on the campus of Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, February 22, 1922
Admitted to ACHS: 1955
No of Active Chapters: 337
Total Membership: 409402
Number of Regions: 7
Publications: Alpha Chi Recorder, Alpha Chi Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 To encourage sound scholarship and devotion to truth, not only among members but among all students on chapter campuses. Opposed to bigotry, narrowness, and discrimination on any basis other than that of academic achievement or character.

ELIGIBILITY: Active membership is restricted to the top ten percent of juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The faculty may set higher standards. High scholarship is the primary requisite for membership, but good character and reputation are considerations.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Trisha Yarbrough, Executive Director, Alpha Chi Natl. Office, 915 E Market Ave, 12249, Searcy, AR 72149-5615
Tel: (501) 279-4443 or (800) 477-4225  Fax: (501) 279-4589
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.AlphaChiHonor.org

Last updated: 9/12/2014



Alpha Epsilon — Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering

Founded at the University of Missouri, May 14, 1959
Admitted to ACHS: 1968
Associate: 1968: Full membership: 1970
No of Active Chapters: 17
Total Membership: 8144
Publications:

 
PURPOSE:
 To promote the high ideals of the engineering profession, to give recognition to those agricultural and biological engineers who manifest worthy qualities of character, scholarship, and professional attainment, and to encourage and support such improvements in the agricultural and biological engineering profession that make it an instrument of greater service to mankind.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership shall be based on scholarship, leadership, and character. Active members shall be undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in agricultural and biological engineering. A senior must be in the upper third of the college class in which enrolled. A junior must be in the upper quarter of the college class in which enrolled. Graduate students must have completed seven semester hours of graduate course work with a minimum grade average of 3.25 on a 4.0 point scale, or have been eligible as an undergraduate.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Alicia Abadie, 128 CE Barnhart Building, Lexington, KY 40546
Tel: (859) 257-3000 x202  Fax: (859) 257-5671
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.Alpha-Epsilon.org

Last updated: 1/30/2012



Alpha Epsilon Delta — Premedical

Founded at the University of Alabama, April 28, 1926
Admitted to ACHS: 1945
No of Active Chapters: 179
Total Membership: 168178
Number of Regions: 5
Publications: The Scalpel, AED Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 Alpha Epsilon Delta is the national health preprofessional honor society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary, and others. The Society welcomes ALL students engaged in the pursuit of a professional healthcare career. AED offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development, provides a forum for students with common interest, and extends a program of service to benefit the college/university community.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership in AED is an honor bestowed upon a student in recognition of superior scholastic achievement, and affords an opportunity to develop initiative, leadership, and self-education through participation in the activities of the chapter and Society.

A Student Member is a person preparing for a career in a health profession, has completed at least three semesters (five quarters) of preprofessional health work (with the minimum scholastic requirements as described in the Constitution), has been initiated into the Society, paid the national membership fee, and has been registered with the National Office. A Student Member becomes an AED alumnus upon graduation.

The student shall be engaged in courses leading to the study of their chosen health profession. The student shall have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of health preprofessional studies work with a overall cumulative grade average of at least 3.20 on a 4.0 scale (A = 4.00) and also with a cumulative average of 3.20 in the sciences - biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Members shall be selected with no discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, creed or national origin.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Deborah H. Ford, National Office, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Texas Christian University, TCU BOX 298810, Winton-Scott 213, Fort Worth, TX 76129
Tel: (817) 257-4550  Fax: (817) 257- 0201
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.nationalAED.org

Last updated: 12/13/2011



Alpha Epsilon Rho — Electronic Media

Founded in 1943 at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri
Admitted to ACHS: 2009
No of Active Chapters: 83
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 83
Total Membership: 41084
Number of Regions: 1

 
PURPOSE:
 Members emphasize superior scholarship as well as creative participation in electronic media production and activity. Membership in AERho exemplifies excellence of work, demonstrated leadership qualities and service to the organization, the community, and the industry.

Individuals show a demonstrated interest in the field of electronic media (including web/internet technologies, broadcasting, mass communication, radio, television, cable, and/or film). Student members are affiliated with chapters found on university campuses or are members of the national chapter when there is no existing collegiate chapter.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership is limited to students who have completed three semesters or five quarters of full-time college work, in a college or university which is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting associations, grants baccalaureate or higher degrees and which provides or maintains some form of electronic media curriculum.

Undergraduate students shall not rank lower than the upper one third of their college class in overall scholarship as indicated by a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on all courses as well as a GPA of 3.25 in all electronic media studies courses (on a 4.0 scale).

Graduate students must meet the requirements for undergraduate candidates, based upon his/her undergraduate records or who have completed at least one year of graduate work, meeting departmental standards for satisfactory progress toward an advanced degree.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Jim Wilson, Executive Director, NBS-AERho National Office, PO Box 4206, Chesterfield, MO 63006
Tel: (636) 536-1943  Fax: (636) 536-1948
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.nbs-aerho.org/

Last updated: 1/24/2011



Alpha Eta Mu Beta — Biomedical Engineering

Founded in 1979
Admitted to ACHS: 2013
No of Active Chapters: 22
Publications: AEMB Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 Alpha Eta Mu Beta is the National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society. Established in 1979, Alpha Eta Mu Beta was formed to recognize and encourage excellence in the field of Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering. Membership into Alpha Eta Mu Beta consists of those individuals in the field of Biomedical Engineering or Bioengineering who through their attainments in college or in practice have manifested a deep interest and marked ability in their chosen life work. The purpose of Alpha Eta Mu Beta is to bring these individuals into closer union so as to promote an understanding of the profession. Membership to Alpha Eta Mu Beta is a privilege and an honor. Members of Alpha Eta Mu Beta are recognized in an outstanding manner for having conferred honor on their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship, exemplary character, honorable activities, and leadership.

Through various development, training, networking and service opportunities, members of Alpha Eta Mu Beta are able to learn and grow. In this process, they develop critical lifelong skills that prepare them to excel for the post college environment or to transform individuals at their present jobs into leaders and innovators.

The fields of Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering are constantly evolving; therefore, over the years, AEMB has transformed itself into a dynamic organization to meet the needs of its growing membership and alumni, the institutions that they serve and our society.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for membership in Alpha Eta Mu Beta, an individual must:

(1)Be a full-time junior or senior undergraduate student registered in an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited Bioengineering or Biomedical Engineering program. Biomedical Engineering Technology or Biotechnology programs are not considered comparable curricula.

(2)Maintain an average scholastic grade    a. In the upper one-fifth of the class for juniors    b. In the upper one-third of the class for seniors

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Marcia Pool, 1304 W. Springfield Avenue, M/C 278, Urbana, IL 61801

Email: [email protected]  Website: www.alphaetamubeta.org/index.html

Last updated: 6/1/2014



Alpha Iota Delta — Decision Sciences and Information Systems

Founded at Decision Sciences Institute, Atlanta, GA, 1971
Admitted to ACHS: 2009
No of Active Chapters: 55
Total Membership: 6598
Publications: The Decision Forum

 
PURPOSE:
 The purposes of the honor society are threefold:

  • to confer distinction to students in the decision sciences and information systems disciplines for academic excellence
  • to promote the infusion of the functional and behavioral areas of business with the tools, concepts, and methodologies of the decision sciences and information systems
  • to promote interest in the disciplines of decision sciences and information systems

ELIGIBILITY: Open to both undergraduate and graduate students. All students who meet the required grade point average and have taken enough decision science courses are eligible for membership in Alpha Iota Delta.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Gregory Ulferts, Executive Director, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221
Tel: (313) 993-1219  
Email: [email protected]  Website: alphaiotadelta.com

Last updated: 5/23/2011



Alpha Kappa Delta — Sociology

Founded at the University of Southern California, 1920
Admitted to ACHS: 1967
No of Active Chapters: 508
Total Membership: 113000
Number of Regions: 10
Publications: Sociological Inquiry AKD Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 The name implies social research for the purpose of service. It is a non-secret, democratic, international, sociology honor society.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate: Must be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of the host institution. Must be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution. Shall rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship. If class rank is not readily available to a chapter representative, in lieu of class rank, students shall have accumulated the equivalent of an overall grade point average of at least 3.3 by a four point scale where: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0. Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 grade point average in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation. Must have completed at least four regular courses in sociology at the host institution prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail).

Graduates: For students classified as graduate students (those officially admitted to graduate study in sociology at the host institution), the following specific requirements must have been met prior to the time of initiation: completion of one half year of graduate study in sociology (i.e., one semester or two quarters or the equivalent academic unit) with a graduate GPA of B or better, and continued matriculation in a program of study leading toward a graduate degree in sociology at the host institution.

Staff Members: For staff members of the host institution, formal conferral of the Ph.D. in sociology or employment as a sociologist are required prior to initiation, provided they meet the other requirements set forth above.

Barring unusual circumstances, graduate students are eligible for membership in Alpha Kappa Delta. Election to Alpha Kappa Delta shall be without regard to race, creed, or national origin.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Bethany Titus, Executive Director, LeMoyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Rd., Syracuse, NY 13214-1399
Tel: (315) 445-5452  Fax: (315) 445-6029
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.AlphaKappaDelta.org

Last updated: 6/2/2014



Alpha Kappa Mu — All Academic Fields

Founded at Tennessee A & I State College, November 26, 1937†
Admitted to ACHS: 1952
No of Active Chapters: 67
Total Membership: 96951
Number of Regions: 8
Publications: Alpha Kappa Mu Newsletter (published biannually)

 
PURPOSE:
 To promote high scholarship; to encourage sincere and zealous endeavor in all fields of knowledge and service; to cultivate a high order of personal living; and to develop an appreciation for scholarship and scholarly endeavor in others.†

ELIGIBILITY: Election to membership in a chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu is limited to students of junior or senior classification, who have earned a minimum of thirty hours at the institution a year prior to induction, with a cumulative grade point ratio of 3.3 or better (A=4) and ranks in the upper 10% of the class. Fifty percent or more of the hours needed for graduation must have been completed. In addition to academic requirements, good character and one's reputation are considered for membership. First-year graduate students are eligible if they meet the requirements for undergraduates. A continuing graduate student must have been admitted as a matriculated student and must have earned fifteen hours with a GPA of 3.7 or better.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Mollie B. Brown, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, 324 Enterprise Drive, Albany, GA 31705
Tel: (229) 432-5476  Fax: (229) 883-3097
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.AlphaKappaMu.org

Last updated: 12/30/2011



Alpha Lambda Delta — Freshman Scholarship

Founded at the University of Illinois on May 31, 1924
Admitted to ACHS: 1939
No of Active Chapters: 275
Total Membership: 948791
Publications: The Flame

 
PURPOSE:
 The purpose of the society is to encourage superior scholastic attainment among students in their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist women and men in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership is based on superior academic achievements by students during their first year of college. The student must be registered for a full load of courses leading to a bachelorís degree. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better (based on A=4.0) at the end of any curricular period during their first year of college and rank in the top 20% of the freshman class. Students are active during the year following induction, but enjoy life membership in the society.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Glenda Earwood, Executive Director, P.O. Box 4403, Macon, GA 31208-4403
Tel: (478) 744-9595  Fax: (478) 744-9924
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.NationalALD.org

Last updated: 5/31/2012



Alpha Phi Sigma — Criminal Justice

Founded at Washington State University 1942
Admitted to ACHS: 1981
No of Active Chapters: 425
Total Membership: 102175
Publications: The Docket

 
PURPOSE:
 The purpose of Alpha Phi Sigma is to recognize and promote high scholarship among students actively engaged in collegiate preparation for professional services; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the Criminal Justice professions; and to establish in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students must have declared a major, minor, or equivalent in criminal justice or related fields, must rank in the upper 35% of their class, have completed three full-time semesters or equivalent, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with a minimum grade point average of 3.2 in courses in the criminal justice or related fields. A minimum of four courses shall be in the criminal justice, law* or related fields. Graduate students shall be enrolled in a graduate program in the criminal justice field, have completed 12 semester hours of graduate work or equivalent, have a minimum grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum grade point average of 3.4 in the courses in the criminal justice field. *Law students enrolled in law school must have completed one academic year, with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Regina Shearn, Ph.D, National Executive Director, Alpha Phi Sigma, Nova Southeastern University UPP-3520, 3301 College Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
Tel: (954) 262-7004  Fax: (954) 262-3646
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.AlphaPhiSigma.org

Last updated: 3/29/2012



Alpha Pi Mu — Industrial Engineering

Founded at Georgia Institute of Technology, January 5, 1949
Admitted to ACHS: 1952
No of Active Chapters: 68
Total Membership: 47095
Number of Regions: 7
Publications:

 
PURPOSE:
 Confer recognition upon students of Industrial and Systems Engineering who have shown exceptional academic interest and abilities in their field, encourage the advancement and quality of Industrial and Systems Engineering education, unify the student body of the Industrial Engineering department in presenting its needs and ideals to the faculty.

ELIGIBILITY: Students of Industrial and Systems Engineering who rank scholastically in the upper one-third of the senior Industrial and Systems Engineering class and the upper one-fifth of the junior Industrial and Systems Engineering class are considered for membership on the basis of leadership, ethics, sociability, character, and breadth of interest. Graduate students and alumni may be elected to membership if they meet the requirements. Faculty members and professional industrial and systems engineers may be elected to faculty and honorary membership respectively have proven themselves outstanding professionals in the field.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. C. Patrick Koelling, Executive Director, APM National Office, 3005 Lancaster Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Tel: (540) 553-2043  Fax: (540) 231-3322
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.AlphaPiMu.com

Last updated: 2/14/2014



Alpha Sigma Lambda — Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning

Founded in 1942 at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Admitted to ACHS: 2011
No of Active Chapters: 325
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 325
Publications: Midnight Oil Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 Alpha Sigma Lambda's aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. Alpha Sigma Lambda is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an adult student's career. By so doing, this Society encourages many students to continue toward and to earn associate and baccalaureate degrees.

Through leadership born of effort, both scholastically and fraternally, Alpha Sigma Lambda inspires its candidates to give of their strengths to their fellow students and communities through their academic achievements.

To the newcomer in higher education, Alpha Sigma Lambda stands as an inspiration to scholastic growth and an invitation to associate with similarly motivated students.

ELIGIBILITY: Students interested in attaining membership in the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society must attend a regionally accredited college or university that offers two- or four-year degrees to non-traditional/adult students. This institution must be a member of the Society in order to offer membership to its students. Membership is strictly by invitation to the chapter at the matriculating institution. Currently, membership is limited to undergraduate students seeking their first degree.< br />< br />Student members must have completed a minimum of twenty-four (24) graded semester hour credits or the equivalent** and shall be matriculated students in an undergraduate degree program in an institution that is regionally accredited in the U.S or recognized by the Ministry of Education of the country in which the program operates. These college credits may not include transfer credits. All twenty-four credits must be taken through and graded at the matriculating institution and must be included in the studentís cumulative GPA. < br />< br />At least twelve credits of student's total credits should be earned in courses in Liberal Arts/Sciences, not including applied Arts/Sciences courses. Accepted transfer courses may be added to the 24 credits earned at this institution until the Liberal Arts/Sciences requirements are fully satisfied.< br />< br />Student members shall be selected from the highest twenty percent of the students who have twenty-four graded credits and are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program. Student members selected must have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent. The cumulative scholastic record of the student as interpreted by the institution where membership is to be conferred shall be the basis for computing scholastic eligibility.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Ms. Pam Collins, Executive Director, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920
Tel: (217) 581-7106  Fax: (217) 581-6697
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.AlphaSigmaLambda.org

Last updated: 8/14/2011



Alpha Sigma Mu — Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

Founded at the Michigan Technological University, January, 1932
Admitted to ACHS: 1965
No of Active Chapters: 34
Total Membership: 8000

 
PURPOSE:
 To honor those students of metallurgy, metallurgical engineering and materials engineering who attain high rank in scholarship and who possess to a high degree the qualities of exemplary integrity, leadership and initiative.

ELIGIBILITY: There are three classes of membership: Distinguished Life Members, Regular, and Honorary. Distinguished Life Members shall have achieved and maintained, throughout a long career, a distinguished international standing in metallurgy, metallurgical engineering, materials science, or materials engineering professions, through academic, research, or industrial activity. An Honorary Member shall have achieved exceptionally high standing in the metallurgy, metallurgical engineering, materials science, or materials engineering professions through academic, research, or industrial activity. A Regular Member shall be either an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student possessing the qualities of integrity, leadership, and initiative, at a recognized college or university in a pertinent curriculum, or a practicing scientist or engineer who has attained high stature in the field of metallurgical or materials engineering, through outstanding scholarly activity, research, or service to the profession. An undergraduate student shall be of junior or senior status, shall have completed at least nine credit hours or the equivalent, and shall have attended the approved college or university for at least two full quarters or one semester. An undergraduate student shall be in the cumulative upper one-third scholastically of all students working toward a degree in the curriculum. A graduate student shall have completed at least nine semester hours or equivalent at the graduate level and meet the above qualities. A practicing scientist shall be well-known and respected for contributions to metallurgy and/or materials.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Prof. Calvin L. White, Dept. Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931
Tel: (906) 487-3519  Fax: (906) 487-2934
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.AlphaSigmaMu.org

Last updated: 2/8/2012



Alpha Sigma Nu — General Scholarship - Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education

Founded at Marquette University, 1915

Merged with Gamma Pi Epsilon, March 30, 1973
Admitted to ACHS: 1975
No of Active Chapters: 31
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 14
Total Membership: 72000
Publications: ASN Newsletters, Faculty Advisers Bulletin

 
PURPOSE:
 To honor students of Jesuit institutions of higher education who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty, and service; to encourage those so honored to understand, to appreciate, and to promote the ideals of Jesuit education.

ELIGIBILITY: Student membership is conferred on not more than four percent of the junior and senior class. Candidates must rank in the top fifteen percent of their class . Graduate students shall have completed one-half of the requirements for their degree at the time of nomination. All must meet qualifications of service and loyalty to the Jesuit ideals of higher education. Chapters may confer a limited number of honor memberships.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Kate Gaertner, Executive Director, Alpha Signa Nu, Inc., 707 N. 11th St., Room 330, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Tel: (414) 288-7542  Fax: (414) 288-3259
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.AlphaSigmaNu.org

Last updated: 2/8/2012



Beta Gamma Sigma — Business and Management

Founded at University of Wisconsin-Madison, February 19, 1913
Admitted to ACHS: 1937
Readmitted to ACHS 1990
No of Active Chapters: 505
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 24
Total Membership: 677357
Publications: BGS News, BGS Directory, BGS Connection (faculty Advisors), B-Zine Electronic Magazine

 
PURPOSE:
 The mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement and personal excellence in the study and practice of business.

ELIGIBILITY: Limited to those majoring in business and management at institutions accredited by AACSB International. The upper 10 percent of undergraduate students, the upper 20 percent of masterís students, and doctoral students who have completed all requirements for that degree may be inducted. Undergraduates may be inducted as early as their junior year.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: James A. Viehland, Executive director, 125 Weldon Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043-3101
Tel: (314) 432-5650  Fax: (314) 432-7083
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.BetaGammaSigma.org

Last updated: 12/30/2011



Beta Kappa Chi — Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Founded in 1923 by the science faculty and science students of Lincoln University, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.
Admitted to ACHS: 1961
No of Active Chapters: 66
Total Membership: 35552
Number of Regions: 5
Publications: Beta Kappa Chi Bulletin

 
PURPOSE:
 The purpose of this Society shall be to encourage and advance scientific education through original investigation, the dissemination of scientific knowledge; and the stimulation of high scholarship in pure and applied science.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students are eligible for membership if they rank in the upper fifth of their class and have completed at least sixty-four semester hours of college work, seventeen semester hours of which shall be in one of the sciences recognized by Beta Kappa Chi with a grade average of at least B in the science area and a general college average of at least B; graduate students are eligible if they have completed at least fifteen semester hours in one of the sciences recognized by the Society with a grade average of A in at least one-third of the hours and at least B in the remaining two-thirds semester hours.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Mrs. Deadra James Mackie, Executive Secretary, Asst. Professor of Biology, Southern University and A&M College, Biology Dept., 244 William James Hall, PO Box 10046, Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Tel: (225) 771-4845  Fax: (225) 771-4848
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.BetaKappaChi.org

Last updated: 2/12/2012



Beta Phi Mu — Library & Information Studies and Information Technology

Founded at the University of Illinois, August 1948
Admitted to ACHS: 1969
No of Active Chapters: 48
Total Membership: 40000
Publications: The Pipeline Online Newsletter, Monograph Series

 
PURPOSE:
 Recognition of superior academic achievement in library and information science; sponsorship of professional and scholarly projects.

ELIGIBILITY: Active membership is open to graduates of schools of library and information science with masters programs accredited by the American Library Association who have earned an academic average in their professional studies of at least 3.75 (where A=4.0). No more than 25% of a given graduating class may be nominated. Each eligible candidate must also be recommended for election by the faculty of the candidate's school.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Alison M. Lewis, Ph.D., Executive Director, Beta Phi Mu, The iSchool at Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: (215) 895-2492  Fax: (215) 895-2494
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.Beta-Phi-Mu.org

Last updated: 8/31/2012



Chi Epsilon — Civil Engineering

Founded at the University of Illinois, May 20, 1922
Admitted to ACHS: 1953
No of Active Chapters: 131
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 2
Total Membership: 117000
Number of Regions: 10
Publications: The Transit, Chi Epsilon Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 To place a mark of distinction upon the student of civil engineering who exemplifies the four traits of the successful engineer, the cornerstones upon which Chi Epsilon is founded: scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability.

ELIGIBILITY: Only those students shall be eligible for active membership who have maintained an average grade in scholarship in the highest one-third of the class of those who are eligible for Chi Epsilon honors (namely those students duly registered in the civil engineering courses, or directly associated courses whose curricula have been approved, and who have completed at least one-half of the required work for their bachelorís degree--in essence, juniors and seniors).

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Glenn C. Goss, Executive Secretary, University of Texas at Arlington, Nedderman Hall, RM 218, Arlington, TX 76019-0316
Tel: (866) 554-0553  Fax: (817) 272-3245
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.Chi-Epsilon.org

Last updated: 8/11/2014



Chi Sigma Iota — Professional Counseling

Founded at Ohio University, March 1985
Admitted to ACHS: 2001
No of Active Chapters: 266
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 1
Total Membership: 96500
Number of Regions: 5
Publications: The Exemplar (3 regular issues plus special issue biennially)

 
PURPOSE:
 Our mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy, and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling and counselor education.

ELIGIBILITY: Graduate students invited to membership must have a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale after completing at least one full academic term (or its equivalent in hours) of graduate preparation in counselor education and be recommended by the chapter as suited for such recognition. Professionals invited to membership must meet all the same requirements as student members including a 3.5 GPA or better on all graduate work and have their primary career identity as a professional counselor as evident, for example, by their highest degree being in counselor education and their professional license or certification as a counselor.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Jane Myers, Executive Director, 16 Court Square, Lexington, NC 27292
Tel: (336) 841-8180  Fax: (336) 841-8180
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.CSI-net.org/

Last updated: 7/20/2014



Delta Epsilon Sigma — General Scholarship in Colleges and Universities with a Catholic Tradition

Founded at Loras College, April 13, 1939
Admitted to ACHS: 1967
No of Active Chapters: 53
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 1
Total Membership: 90347
Publications: Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal

 
PURPOSE:
 The purposes of this Society shall be to recognize academic accomplishments, to foster scholarly activities, and to encourage a sense of intellectual community among its members.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for membership in the Society, candidates must be persons who have a record of outstanding academic accomplishment, who have shown dedication to intellectual activity, and who have accepted their responsibility of service to others. Undergraduate students shall have completed at least fifty percent of the credit requirements for their baccalaureate degrees and rank not lower than the highest twenty percent of their class in scholarship. Graduate students shall have completed one-half of the credit requirements for their degree and shall have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent. Faculty, administrators, and staff members are eligible for election to membership upon recommendation of the local chapter. Alumni of an institution are eligible for election to membership if they have graduated cum laude or have fulfilled the general requirements of membership in some other manner.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Thomas B. Connery, Secretary Treasurer, University of St. Thomas, Mail 5013, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
Tel: (651) 962-5265  
Email: [email protected]  Website: DeltaEpsilonSigma.org

Last updated: 6/6/2012



Delta Mu Delta — Business Administration

Founded at New York University, November 18, 1913
Admitted to ACHS: 1963
No of Active Chapters: 256
Total Membership: 166479
Number of Regions: 8
Publications: DMD Vision, Booklet of Information, Info Card, Benefits Flyer

 
PURPOSE:
 To promote higher education in business; to recognize and reward superior scholastic accomplishment.

ELIGIBILITY: All Levels: Must be registered in the business program at a school with a Delta Mu Delta Chapter; must have completed one-half of the required degree course-work; must be in the top 20 percent of their class; must have 24 hours residency at the school.
Baccalaureate: Have a cumulative GPA of .25 above a "B" or better to comply with the above.
Graduate/Doctoral: Have a cumulative GPA of .60 above a "B" or better to comply with the above.
(Some chapters may require higher standards.)

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Michael V. LaRocco, Executive Director, 9217 Broadway Ave, Brookfield, IL 60523-1251
Tel: (708) 485-8494  Fax: (708) 221-6183
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.DeltaMuDelta.org

Last updated: 3/19/2012



Delta Tau Alpha — Agriculture

Founded at Southwest Missouri State College, now Missouri State University, March 19, 1960.
Admitted to ACHS: 1992
No of Active Chapters: 31
Total Membership: 15974
Number of Regions: 3
Publications: The Achiever

 
PURPOSE:
 To promote and recognize scholarship and leadership accomplishments of agricultural students while emphasizing character development, to enhance undergraduate preparation for professional positions, to join with other agricultural student organizations in the promotion of agriculture.

ELIGIBILITY: Active members must have completed at least nine semester hours, or its equivalent, in agricultural courses; must have completed at least forty five semester hours, or its equivalent, of college courses, rank not lower than the highest thirty-five percent of their class in general scholarship.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Jean A. Gleichsner, National Advisor, Dept. of Agriculture, 204B Albertson Hall, Fort Hays State University, 600 Park St., Hays, KS†67601-4099
Tel: (785) 628-4023  Fax: (785) 628-4183
Email: [email protected]  Website: bigcat.fhsu.edu/agriculture/natdta

Last updated: 2/8/2012



Epsilon Pi Tau — Professions in Technology

Founded at The Ohio State University, March 13, 1929
Admitted to ACHS: 2005
No of Active Chapters: 44
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 5
Total Membership: 23000
Number of Regions: 5
Publications: The Journal of Technology Studies, The Epsilon Pi Tau Preceptor

 
PURPOSE:
 In service to the general education and career preparation academic fields and the professional practice areas of technology, Epsilon Pi Tau: (a) promotes and recognizes the achievement of academic excellence, (b) promotes the values and contributions of professionals in technology, (c) provides a medium for the professional development and recognition of individual members for leadership and achievement, (d) enhances the status of the practitioners and the professions in technology, (e) fosters and encourages the acceptance of the ideals of technological capability and skill, social and professional proficiency, and research and its applications and products; and (f) advances understanding, appreciation and awareness of technology as both an enduring and influential human endeavor and an integral element of culture.

ELIGIBILITY: Student membership is limited to those enrolled in approved technology programs and course sequences offered at accredited institutions that award associate, bachelors and graduate degrees. Students of good moral character will be eligible upon achieving the following academic rankings and grade point standards. Chapters may prescribe additional criteria such as evidence of leadership experiences that relate to the six Epsilon Pi Tau purposes in the preceding paragraph. (Grades used in the following statements are based on a 4 point system in which a grade of 4 or A is the highest and 1 or D is the lowest passing grade.)

Associate degree students must have completed 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of credit in prescribed courses and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.25 in major courses and rank not lower than the highest 35% of class in overall scholarship.

Students in programs leading to a bachelors degree must be at least second semester or third quarter sophomores or juniors, or seniors who have completed or earned at least 30 semesters or 45 quarter credit hours in the major or relevant course sequence, achieved a GPA of no less than 3.25 in the major or a relevant course sequence and a 3.00 overall GPA and rank not lower than the highest 35% of undergraduates of the same class level/year/term in the program or sequence. At least 16 semesters or 24 quarter credit hours in the major must have been earned. The preceding standards are appropriately adapted for students who transfer from other programs within the institution or whose transfer is based on an associate degree.

Graduate students may be considered after completing at least 9 semester hours or 12 quarter hours with at least a 3. 3 cumulative GPA with no incompletes in courses prescribed for their program.

Faculty, academic support staff members and alumni of programs served by Epsilon Pi Tau are eligible for membership. Additionally, benefactors of these programs and persons exhibiting a general interest and knowledge of technology in the context of Epsilon Pi Tau ideals and purposes are eligible for membership upon recommendation and appropriate documentation of their accomplishments by recommending chapters.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Kevin Howell, Executive Director, Epsilon Pi Tau, Technology Building, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 43403-0296
Tel: (419) 372-2425  Fax: (419) 372- 9502
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.EpsilonPiTau.org

Last updated: 9/12/2014



Gamma Theta Upsilon — Geography

Founded at Illinois State Normal University, 1931 (founded as a local in 1928; became national in 1931)
Admitted to ACHS: 1976
No of Active Chapters: 294
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 1
Total Membership: 62000
Number of Regions: 8
Publications: Geographical Bulletin

 
PURPOSE:
 To further professional interest, to strengthen student and professional training, to advance the status of geography as a cultural and practical discipline, to encourage student research, and to create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research.

ELIGIBILITY: Initiates must have completed a minimum of 3 geography courses, have a GPA of at least 3.3 overall and in geography and shall have completed at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of college course work.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. James Lowry, Executive Secretary, Geography Dept., 350 Milneburg Hall,, University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70148
Tel: (504) 280-3153  
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.GammaThetaUpsilon.org

Last updated: 5/31/2012



Kappa Mu Epsilon — Mathematics

Founded at Northeastern State College, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, April 18, 1931
Admitted to ACHS: 1968
No of Active Chapters: 150
Total Membership: 82814
Number of Regions: 6
Publications: The Pentagon

 
PURPOSE:
 To further the interests of mathematics in those schools which place their primary emphasis on the undergraduate program; to recognize and honor outstanding scholastic achievement of undergraduate students in mathematics.

ELIGIBILITY: Active members must be or have been a faculty member or a regularly enrolled student at an institution which has a Kappa Mu Epsilon Chapter; must have completed at least three semesters (or five quarters) of college courses and rank in the upper thirty-five percent of his/her class; must have completed at least three college courses in mathematics including at least one semester (or two quarters) of calculus and attained an average of B or better in all mathematics courses.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Rhonda McKee, Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660) 543-8929  Fax: (660) 543-8013
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.KappaMuEpsilon.org

Last updated: 8/6/2014



Kappa Omicron Nu — Human Sciences

Founded in 1990 through consolidation of Omicron Nu (founded at Michigan Agricultural College, April 1912) and Kappa Omicron Phi (founded at Northwest Missouri State College, December 11, 1922)
Admitted to ACHS: 1951
Omicron Nu admitted 1951, readmitted 1968
Kappa Omicron Phi admitted 1972
No of Active Chapters: 96
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 3
Total Membership: 142000
Publications: Kappa Omicron Nu FORUM, Dialogue, Collegiate Member Newsletter, Chapter Newsletter, URC Undergraduate Research Journal

 
PURPOSE:
 The mission of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society is empowered leaders in scholarship, research, and leadership development. This mission will enhance the ability of the organization and chapters to prepare scholars and researchers as leaders for the 21st century. To accomplish this mission, the Society shall promote scholarship and encourage intellectual development, promote research and foster the spirit of inquiry, confer distinction for high achievement, promote leadership development, stimulate student and faculty dialogue, enrich the intellectual environment of higher education institutions, encourage high standards of practice and ethical behavior, and promote attitudes of professional responsibility for the public good.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students shall have completed 45 semester hours or equivalent, have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, and rank in the top 25 percent of their class. Graduate students shall have completed 12 semester hours of graduate work or equivalent and have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Sarah Shoffner, ACHS Representative, 6078 Old 421 Rd., Liberty, NC 27298
Tel: (517) 351-8335  Fax: (517) 351-8336
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.KON.org

Last updated: 10/23/2014



Kappa Tau Alpha — Journalism and Mass Communication

Founded at the University of Missouri, March 10, 1910
Admitted to ACHS: 1951
No of Active Chapters: 94
Total Membership: 64974
Publications: KTA Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 The recognition and encouragement of excellence in scholarship and professionalism in journalism and mass communication.

ELIGIBILITY: Juniors and seniors majoring in journalism or mass communication who rank in the upper 10 percent of their class based on overall grade point average, have at least a 3.0 GPA in upper-level journalism/mass communication courses, and have completed at least nine semester hours of professional courses in the major. Graduate students who rank in the top 10 percent of their class may also be selected. Membership is by invitation only through one of the Society's 94 campus chapters.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Keith P. Sanders, Executive Director, 76 Gannett Hall, School of Journalism, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211-1200
Tel: (573) 882-7685  Fax: (573) 884-1720
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.KappaTauAlpha.org

Last updated: 5/23/2011



Lambda Iota Tau — Literature of all Languages

Founded at Michigan State University, December 3, 1953
Admitted to ACHS: 1965
No of Active Chapters: 45
Total Membership: 2870
Publications: LIT Journal, LIT Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 To recognize and promote excellence in the study of literature in all languages.

ELIGIBILITY: Members are majors or minors in literature, no matter in what language that literature may be written, who are in the upper thirty-five percent of their class in cumulative grade average, have attained at least a full B average in at least twelve semester credit hours or eighteen term hours of literature and all prerequisites thereto, are enrolled in at least their fifth college semester or seventh college term, and have presented an initiation paper on a literary topic or of a creative nature. Graduate students must have completed one semester term with an A- average.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Mary Clark-Flynn, Department of English, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Ave., Muncie, IN 47306-0460
Tel: (765) 285-8370  Fax: (765) 285-3765
Email: [email protected]  Website: english.iweb.bsu.edu/index.htm

Last updated: 9/8/2014



Lambda Pi Eta — Communication

Founded at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; 1985
Admitted to ACHS: 1996
No of Active Chapters: 521
Total Membership: 26215
Publications: Simply Speaking - Electronic Quarterly Newsletter, Undergraduate Journal beginning 2013

 
PURPOSE:
 The purpose of Lambda Pi Eta is to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement; to stimulate interest in the field of communication; to promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; to provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication; and to establish and maintain close relationships and understanding between faculty and students.

ELIGIBILITY: Members must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA; have a 3.25 GPA in Communication courses; have 60 credit hours completed overall; have 12 credit hours completed in Communication courses; rank in the upper 35% of their class; be full-time students in good standing; display commitment to the field of Communication.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Megan Moore, Academic and Professional Affairs Associate, National Communication Association, 1765 N Street, NW, Washington, DC† 20036
Tel: (202) 534-1111  Fax: (202) 464-4600
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.natcom.org/LambdaPiEta

Last updated: 4/17/2014



Lambda Sigma — Student Leadership, Scholarship and Service

Founded at the University of Pittsburgh, November 1922 as the National Society of Cwens, became Lambda Sigma Society March 6, 1976, in compliance with Title IX
Admitted to ACHS: 1981
No of Active Chapters: 39
Total Membership: 57347
Publications: The Diamond

 
PURPOSE:
 To promote leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and service among second-year students. Lambda Sigma recognizes its ideals among members of the first year class and fosters development of these ideals. As members and active participants, Lambda Sigmas serve and promote the interests of their institutions and communities.

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates are first-year students who rank in the highest thirty-five percent of the freshman class of their college or university. Chapters set appropriate grade point requirements. Candidates shall have shown potential for leadership and service at their respective campuses.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Ron G. Wolfe, Executive Secretary, 108 Westside Drive, Richmond, KY 40475
Tel: (859) 623-5088  
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.LambdaSigma.org

Last updated: 2/14/2014



Mortar Board — Scholarship, Leadership and Service

Founded by Cornell University, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and Swarthmore College on the campus of Syracuse University on February 15, 1918.
Admitted to ACHS: 1937
No of Active Chapters: 229
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 16
Total Membership: 431400
Number of Regions: 25
Publications: The Mortar Board Forum and a variety of electronic newsletters

 
PURPOSE:
 To facilitate cooperation among senior honor societies, to contribute to the self-awareness of our members, to promote equal opportunities among all peoples, to emphasize the advancement of the status of women, to support the ideals of the university, to advance a spirit of scholarship, to recognize and encourage leadership, to provide service and to establish the opportunity for a meaningful exchange of ideas as individuals and as a group.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership is based on scholarship, leadership and service with an emphasis on participation and giving back to the campus and community. Members must have junior status at their college or university and meet their chapter's grade requirement. Chapters are advised to select members ranked in the top 35 percent of the junior class or who have a 3.0 GPA (whichever is higher on the specified campus). Because of this, the GPA requirement varies slightly between schools. Each student selected to Mortar Board must agree to serve as an active member for at least one school term (semester or quarter, summers not included).

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Jane A. Hamblin, J.D., CAE, Executive Director, 1200 Chambers Road, Suite 201, Columbus, OH 43212
Tel: (614) 488-4094  Fax: (614) 488-4095
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.mortarboard.org

Last updated: 2/8/2012



Mu Kappa Tau — Marketing

Founded at Arizona State University in 1966.
Admitted to ACHS: 1996
No of Active Chapters: 54
Total Membership: 15000
Publications:

 
PURPOSE:
 Founded in 1966 by members of Pi Sigma Epsilon, the National Sales and Marketing Fraternity, Mu Kappa Tau membership is extended to marketing juniors and seniors as well as educators and professionals who have shown dedication and contribution to the marketing profession. Mu Kappa Tau exists to recognize academic excellence and to encourage individuals seeking a life-long commitment to an exceptional standard of ethics and achievement within the marketing milieu.

ELIGIBILITY: Mu Kappa Tau believes scholastic excellence should be a high priority for every marketing student and thus, works toward this end. Membership is open to the following students majoring in marketing who must have an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.00 scale:

††∑†Juniors ranking in the top 10% of their class
. Seniors ranking in the top 20% of their class
. Graduate students who have completed 50% of their MS/MBA requirements
. Doctoral candidates completing their course work
. Faculty and professionals who have greatly contributed to enhancing the marketing profession

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Susie Blomquist, Mu Kappa Tau Manager, 5217 S. 51st Street, 3747 South Howell Avenue, Greenfield, WI 53220
Tel: (414) 328-1952  Fax: (414) 235-3425
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.MuKappaTau.org

Last updated: 9/12/2014



National Society of Scabbard and Blade — Reserve Officer Training Corps

Founded in 1905 at University of Wisconsin - Madison
Admitted to ACHS: 2010
No of Active Chapters: 59
Total Membership: 99017
Publications: Scabbard & Blade Today, A Manual for Leaders, A Brief History & Pedge Manual

 
PURPOSE:
 To confer distinction for high academic achievement and leadership potential in military, aerospace and naval science studies; to encourage scholarship, intellectual development, and the pursuit of excellence in military service; to teach leadership; to provide for an exchange of intellectual/professional ideas; to provide networking opportunities for ROTC students. Exceptional military professionals and academicians are recognized through honorary membership. All members are lifetime members.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership is limited to students contracted in the ROTC programs of all military services who rank in the top 20% of their ROTC command order of merit listing and have entered their fifth semester of study. All membership is national membership with local chapter/company affiliation.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Major General (Retired) Douglas O. Dollar, National Executive Director, 
Tel: (405) 372-6158  Fax: (405) 377-2237
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.ScabbardAndBlade.org

Last updated: 2/12/2012



NSCS (The National Society of Collegiate Scholars) — Scholarship, Leadership & Service

Founded at The George Washington University on April 30, 1994
Admitted to ACHS: 2004
No of Active Chapters: 330
Total Membership: 1000000
Publications: The Collegiate Scholar, Society Magazine, Case for PACE

 
PURPOSE:
 The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and gives out a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.

ELIGIBILITY: Less than 10% of students at schools with NSCS chapters are invited to join. Nominations are sent to first and second year students with at least a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.4.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Stephen E. Loflin, CEO & Founder, 2000 M Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 265-9000  Fax: (202) 265-9200
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.NSCS.org

Last updated: 6/6/2014



Omega Chi Epsilon — Chemical Engineering

Founded at the University of Illinois, 1931
Admitted to ACHS: 1967
No of Active Chapters: 72
Total Membership: 27256
Publications: Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 To give recognition and to promote high scholarship, original investigation, and professional service in chemical engineering.

ELIGIBILITY: Active membership is limited to chemical engineering juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Juniors must have completed three hours of chemical engineering course work and be in the upper one-fourth of their class. Seniors must be in the upper one-third of their class. Graduate students must have completed nine hours of chemical engineering courses. All those elected must have traits and characteristics of leadership that make them likely to succeed as professional engineers. Associate membership consists of professors or other members of the staff of the institution who have shown noteworthy achievement in chemical engineering.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Richard Davis, Executive Secretary, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota at Duluth, 176 Engr., 1303 Ordean Ct., Duluth, MN 55812
Tel: (218) 726-6162  Fax: (218) 726-6907
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.OmegaChiEpsilon.org

Last updated: 12/16/2011



Omega Rho — Operations Research & Management Science

Founded at the TIMS/ORSA Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, April l, 1976
Admitted to ACHS: 1983
Associate:1983
Full membership: 1986
No of Active Chapters: 39
Total Membership: 8069
Number of Regions: 8
Publications:

 
PURPOSE:
 To encourage the study of operations research and management science related disciplines, to recognize and honor excellence in such studies, and to further professional interests.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduates must rank in the top twenty-five percent of the class and have completed at least five semesters or seven quarters of the curricular requirements. Graduate students must have at least a 3.5 average on a 4.0 scale in all graduate courses; shall have no failures- and shall have completed at least one-third of the residency requirements for the masterís degree. Men and women in industry, academia, and the profession may be made Honorary Members upon approval of the Executive Committee of the Society. Faculty teaching in the field may be elected faculty members.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Mary T. Magrogan, Director of Subdivisions Services, INFORMS, 7240 Parkway Drive, Suite 300, Hanover, MD† 21076
Tel: (443) 757-3500  Fax: (443) 757-3515
Email: [email protected]  Website: OmegaRho.informs.org

Last updated: 1/30/2012



Omicron Delta Epsilon — Economics

Founded in 1963 as a result of a merger between Omicron Delta Gamma (founded at the University of Wisconsin in 1915) and Omicron Chi Epsilon (founded at City College of NY in 1955)
Admitted to ACHS: 1965
Readmitted: 1981
No of Active Chapters: 678
Total Membership: 89500
Number of Regions: 11
Publications: The American Economist

 
PURPOSE:
 The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics; the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within colleges and universities and among colleges and universities; the publication of the official journal, The American Economist; the sponsoring of panels at professional meetings and the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduates must have completed at least 12 hours of economics, have an overall scholastic average of B in economics and an overall average of B, and rank in the upper third of the class.†

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Farhang Niroomand, Executive Secretary/Treasurer, P.O. Box 2096, Fairhope, AL 36533
Tel: (601) 928-0001  Fax: (601) 928-0015
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.OmicronDeltaEpsilon.org

Last updated: 6/29/2012



Phi Beta Delta — International Scholars


Admitted to ACHS: 2013
No of Active Chapters: 78
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 1
Total Membership: 6025
Number of Regions: 5
Publications: International Research and Review: Journal of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, Medallion Newsletter, Medallion E-Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 Phi Beta Delta is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education.

Goals:

  • to recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studies abroad, and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities;
  • to advance the development of academic based international programming;
  • and to cultivate a network on each campus for faculty, staff, and international students involved in international endeavors.

ELIGIBILITY: Criteria for eligibility of election to membership by an institutional chapter shall be determined by that chapter and with the provision that undergraduate student members must have achieved a minimum 3.2 grade point average (GPA) and rank in the top 20% of their class; graduate students must have achieved a GPA of 3.5. For schools that use a different grade point average system, the school must verify that their candidates for Phi Beta Delta meet a GPA standard equivalent to that specified in this Section.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Rueyling Chuang, Executive Director & CEO, California State University, San Bernadino, AD 148 & 150, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernadino, CA 92407
Tel: (909) 537-3250  Fax: (909) 537-7458
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]  Website: www.phibetadelta.org

Last updated: 6/2/2014



Phi Sigma — Biological Sciences, All Pure and Applied Fields

Founded at Ohio State University, March 17, 1915
Admitted to ACHS: 1950
No of Active Chapters: 21
Total Membership: 80063
Publications:

 
PURPOSE:
 Devoted to the promotion of research and academic excellence in the biological sciences.

ELIGIBILITY: Students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university, who have shown research interest, and who have received an equivalent of at least two years of college credit of which at least one-fourth is in biological science, with a scholarship rating in the upper thirty-five percent of their class, shall be eligible for active membership. This minimum ACHS requirement is modified by chapter bylaws; at least a B average is expected together with other qualifications suitable to the local chapters, particularly for graduate students.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Gene K. Wong, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915
Tel: (978) 232-2311  Fax: (978) 232-3100
Email: [email protected]  Website: PhiSigmaSociety.org

Last updated: 2/14/2012



Phi Sigma Iota — Foreign Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, ESL., & Cultures

Founded at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, October, 1922 by Dr. Henry Ward Church
Admitted to ACHS: 1950
No of Active Chapters: 176
Total Membership: 39056
Number of Regions: 6
Publications: The Forum of Phi Sigma lota

 
PURPOSE:
 The recognition of outstanding scholarship and attainment in foreign languages, linguistics, literatures, cultures, including the classics, philology, and comparative literatures; the stimulation of advanced work and individual research in any of these fields; promotion of international amity. We support efforts to define and apply the principles of academic ethics.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership is based on high scholastic attainment. At the time of election to membership, the undergraduate initiate must have attained to a B+ average or better across all language courses and be enrolled in a third- or fourth-year language course. Moreover, one must attain a minimum GPA of B over all attempted college work, and rank in the upper 35% of one's class in general scholarship at induction. As a rule, undergraduates are not elected to PSI prior to junior standing; however, sophomores of exceptional abilities who meet all stated minimal requirements, having completed at least three semesters (or five quarters) of college courses may be elected to membership. Graduate students studying one or more languages may also be elected to membership after one semester (or quarter) of graduate residence, provided that they shall have attained to a minimum B+ average in graduate studies.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Roz Macken, Administrative Director, Phi Sigma Iota, Allegheny college, 520 North Main St., Box 30, Meadville, PA 16335-3902
Tel: (814) 332-4886  Fax: (814) 337-4445
Email: [email protected]  Website: phisigmaiota.org

Last updated: 9/12/2014



Phi Sigma Tau — Philosophy

Founded at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA 1930 as Alpha Kappa Alpha. Incorporated October 21, 1955 as Phi Sigma Tau
Admitted to ACHS: 1958
No of Active Chapters: 186
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 1
Total Membership: 38173
Publications: Dialogue, PST Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 To serve as a means of awarding distinction to students having high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy; to promote student interest in research and advanced study in this field; to provide opportunities for the publication of student research papers of merit; to encourage a professional spirit and friendship among those who have displayed marked ability in this field; to popularize interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students are eligible for active membership if they have completed three semesters or five quarters of the college course, rank in the upper thirty-five percent of their class, and have completed at least two semester courses or three quarter courses in philosophy with an average grade of over the second highest grade of the working scale. Graduate students are eligible if they meet the requirements established for undergraduates, or if they have completed at least one-third of the residence requirements of the masterís degree with a grade average of at least half on the highest grade of the working scale and half in the second highest grade.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. David E. Gibson, Executive Secretary, Humanities Division, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263-4225
Tel: (805) 482-0138  Fax: (310) 506-7307
Email: [email protected]  Website: phi-sigma-tau.org

Last updated: 6/3/2014



Phi Upsilon Omicron — Family and Consumer Sciences

Founded at University of Minnesota, February 10, 1909
Admitted to ACHS: 1979
No of Active Chapters: 61
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 28
Total Membership: 96635
Number of Regions: 4
Publications: The Candle, Journal of Phi Upsilon Omicron (semiannually) and the Communique, newsletter for National Council and Educational Foundation members (monthly).

 
PURPOSE:
 The purposes of Phi Upsilon Omicron are to: 1. Recognize and promote academic excellence; 2. Enhance qualities of leadership by providing opportunities for service; and 3. Encourage lifelong learning and commitment to advance family and consumer sciences and related areas.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership in Phi Upsilon Omicron is open to undergraduate students who have

  1. completed a minimum of 36 semester hours, 50 quarter hours, or the equivalent. The hours must include 6 hours of course work in areas including, but not limited to, those recognized by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  2. a major in family and consumer sciences or one of its specialized areas in an institution where a chapter is established.
  3. Students must rank not lower than the highest 35% of their class in general scholarship within their unit.
  4. exhibits the potential for professional and community leadership;
  5. demonstrates a spirit of service; and,
  6. exemplifies character through personal integrity and professional attitude.
A graduate student in family and consumer sciences is eligible on completion of 12 semester hours, or its equivalent, in family and consumer sciences with a GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Susan Rickards, Executive Director, The Professional Building, Suite 508, 309 Cleveland Avenue, P.O. Box 329, Fairmont, WV 26555-0329
Tel: (304) 368-0612  Fax: (304) 368-0612
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.phiu.org

Last updated: 6/3/2014



Pi Alpha Alpha — Public Affairs and Administration

Founded at National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in 1974
Admitted to ACHS: 1983
Associate: 1983
Full membership: 1984
No of Active Chapters: 162
Total Membership: 43363
Publications: PAA Roster, PAA Brochure

 
PURPOSE:
 The purposes of this Society shall be to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public service education, to promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public affairs and administration, and to foster integrity, professionalism and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership is limited to persons who demonstrate academic achievement in public service programs at NASPAA member schools who fall within the following classes: student, alumni, or faculty. All membership is national membership with local chapter affiliation. Candidates for undergraduate degrees who rank in the upper 10% of their graduating class may be inducted if they have completed 15 hours of public service coursework, maintaining a 3.5/4.0 GPA, and are in at least the last quarter of their junior year. Candidate for master's degree who have maintained a GPA of at least 3.7 and have completed at least 50% of the required course work are eligible to be inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Emily Reineke, PAA Coordinator, 1029 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 628-8965 x112  Fax: (202) 626-4978
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.PiAlphaAlpha.org

Last updated: 1/22/2014



Pi Delta Phi — French

Founded at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906
Admitted to ACHS: 1967
No of Active Chapters: 364
Total Membership: 60000
Number of Regions: 5
Publications: NEWSLETTER

 
PURPOSE:
 To recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures; to increase knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world; to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

ELIGIBILITY: There are two classes of membership. Regular members include undergraduate (of at least sophomore standing) and graduate students who shall be nominated in recognition of their academic achievement in at least one semester or quarter of upper division French (i.e. beyond the intermediate level), with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 overall, a minimum G.P.A. of 3.00 in French, and rank in the top thirty-five percent of their class. Honorary members include: the French faculty of the sponsoring institution who are not already members of Pi Delta Phi, members of the faculty at large, students who do not meet the requirements for regular membership, college or university alumni who did not meet the requirements of regular membership while attending the sponsoring institution, and diplomats and community or business leaders who have demonstrated support of French language, and/or of the cultures and literatures of the French-speaking world.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Beverly J. Evans, Executive Director, Department of Languages and Literatures, SUNY-Geneseo, Welles 211, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454-1401
Tel: (585) 245-5247  Fax: (585) 245-5399
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.PiDeltaPhi.org

Last updated: 5/31/2012



Pi Gamma Mu — Social Sciences

Founded in 1924 at Southwestern and William & Mary colleges
Admitted to ACHS: 1953
No of Active Chapters: 148
Total Membership: 246901
Number of Regions: 4
Publications: Pi Gamma Mu Newsletter, International Social Science Review

 
PURPOSE:
 The purpose of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage the study of the social sciences among graduate and undergraduate students and faculty members in colleges and universities throughout the world, and to recognize outstanding achievement through election to membership and the presentation of various awards for distinguished achievement.

ELIGIBILITY: Any person of good moral character may be invited or may petition to join an active chapter of Pi Gamma Mu when he/she is a junior, senior, or graduate student; is in the upper 35 percent of the class; has at least 20 semester hours of social science; and has a grade average of B or better. Faculty and administrators may also accept the privileges and responsibilities of membership in a collegiate chapter.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Suzanne Rupp, Psy.D., Executive Director, 1001 Millington, Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156
Tel: (620) 221-3128  Fax: (620) 221-7124
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.PiGammaMu.org

Last updated: 6/3/2014



Pi Kappa Lambda — Music

Founded at Northwestern University, May 17, 1918
Admitted to ACHS: 1940
No of Active Chapters: 207
Total Membership: 71000
Publications: Electronic version of Handbook

 
PURPOSE:
 To provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning which offer programs in music instruction in one or more fields; and to recognize and encourage scholarship and musicianship.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership in the Society is open to music majors who are juniors, seniors, or graduate students; and to faculty in accordance with established restrictions. A graduating senior must be considered by the faculty committee of the chapter to be outstanding in scholarly achievement and musicianship, must have been in residence the equivalent of at least four semesters prior to graduation, and must rank not lower than the highest twenty percent of the graduating class (including students elected in the junior year) as determined by GPA or by class rank when no grades are assigned. A junior must rank not lower than the highest ten percent of the junior class. A graduate student must have no less than two thirds of his graduate credit hours as A or the equivalent when letter grades are nonexistent.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Mark Lochstampfor, Executive Director PKL, Capital University, Conservatory of Music, 1 College and Main, Columbus, OH 43209
Tel: (614) 236-7211  Fax: (614) 236-6935
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.PiKappaLambda.org

Last updated: 6/5/2014



Pi Omega Pi — Business Education

Founded at Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, Kirksville, June 13, 1923
Admitted to ACHS: 1965
No of Active Chapters: 22
Total Membership: 55306
Publications: Here and There, This is Your Society

 
PURPOSE:
 To create and encourage interest and promote scholarship in business education. To foster high ethical standards in business and professional life among teachers. To encourage civic responsibility. To create a fellowship among teachers of business subjects. To teach the ideal of service as the basis of all worthy enterprise.

ELIGIBILITY: Each candidate must be enrolled in a business teacher education curriculum and must have expressed an intention of becoming a teacher of business subjects. Candidates must possess the following qualifications: Completion of at least three semesters or five quarters of college courses including at least fifteen semester hours or twenty-two quarter hours in business and/or education subjects; Attainment of general scholarship sufficient to place them within the upper thirty-five percent of their college class (sophomore, junior, senior, graduate) and the achievement of an average grade of B or higher, or its equivalent in other grading systems, in all courses in business and/or education.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Ivan Wallace, Professor, Information and Library Science, Bate 2320, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858
Tel: (252) 328-6770  
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.PiOmegaPi.org

Last updated: 1/16/2014



Pi Sigma Alpha — Political Science

Founded at the University of Texas, October, 1920
Admitted to ACHS: 1949
No of Active Chapters: 775
Total Membership: 262000
Publications: Newsletter, Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics

 
PURPOSE:
 To stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of government among students at institutions of higher learning in which chapters are maintained.

ELIGIBILITY: Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible for membership if they meet the following qualifications. For undergraduates: completion of 15 quarter hours or 10 semester hours of work in government, political science, international relations, or public administration, including at least 1 course designated as upper-division; maintenance of an average of B or higher in all government, political science, international relations, and public administration courses, and the maintenance of general scholarship sufficient to place them within the upper third of their class. For graduate students: completion of at least 6 graduate credit hours of work in those fields with an average grade of B or higher; and fulfillment of such additional academic requirements as may have been prescribed by the local chapter. Any member of the faculty of the department of political science or government at any institution at which a local chapter is located may be elected as a member by any local chapter or by the national convention. Membership in the Society may be secured through election as an honorary member. Only distinguished persons who have made valuable contributions to political science or government are eligible for election into honorary membership. Each chapter may elect no more than 2 persons in a year for this class of membership.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Sean Twombly, Administrator, Pi Sigma Alpha National Office, 1527 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 349-9285  Fax: (202) 483-2657
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.PiSigmaAlpha.org

Last updated: 6/3/2014



Pi Tau Sigma — Mechanical Engineering

Founded at University of Illinois, March 16, 1915
Admitted to ACHS: 1947
No of Active Chapters: 170
Total Membership: 118404
Publications: The Condenser, The Story of Pi Tau Sigma

 
PURPOSE:
 To encourage and recognize outstanding achievement of undergraduate students in mechanical engineering also to honor practicing engineers for distinguished technical attainments.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership is limited to senior mechanical engineering students who rank among the highest thirty-five percent in scholarship for all courses to date of election and to juniors who rank in the highest twenty-five percent of their class. Many chapters elect less than these percentages. Faculty and graduates may be chosen on the basis of distinguished engineering endeavor.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Alex Moutsoglou, Secretary-Treasurer of Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Box 2219, SCEH 218, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007
Tel: (605) 688-6323  Fax: (605) 688-5878
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.PiTauSigma.net

Last updated: 1/12/2010



Pi Theta Epsilon — Occupational Therapy

Founded at the University of New Hampshire, 1959
Admitted to ACHS: 1996
No of Active Chapters: 89
Total Membership: 959
Publications: Quarterly Newsletter: The Scroll and Pen

 
PURPOSE:
 To recognize and encourage scholastic excellence of occupational therapy students. To contribute to the advancement of the field of occupational therapy through the scholarly activities of students and alumni, and provide a vehicle for students to exchange information and to collaborate regarding scholarly activities.

ELIGIBILITY: A student shall be invited to apply for membership in PTE if she or he meets the following eligibility requirements: Is enrolled in an accredited and/or professional occupational therapy program and has attained second semester junior standing in the OT program or completed 9 semester hours in a Masterís program. The student must be among the top 35% of the class and must have at least one entire semester remaining before she or he leaves for a fieldwork placement. Part time students are eligible if they have completed the minimum number of credit hours giving them second semester junior status or completed 9 hours in a Masterís program. GPAís for part-time students shall be figured separately for each student. A candidate must also present 2 of the following items: Membership in a professional organization; prior scholastic recognition and awards; evidence that papers have been submitted and/or accepted to local or national meetings and publications; and documented leadership, e.g., service organizations or community activities during the college years. Candidates will be nominated and reviewed by a Review Board comprised of the current PTE Chapter President, the advisor and 2 alumni members. Election shall be by a majority vote of the chapter. Pi Theta Epsilon does not discriminate against any prospective member on the basis of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, or age.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Cara Archer, PTE Coordinator, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 202, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Tel: (240) 292-1077  Fax: (240) 396-6188
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.aotf.org

Last updated: 9/9/2013



Psi Beta — Psychology at Two-Year Colleges

Incorporated in Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 5, 1981
Admitted to ACHS: 1994
No of Active Chapters: 129
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 3
Total Membership: 38469
Number of Regions: 5
Publications: Psi Beta Online Newsletters - fall and spring editions

 
PURPOSE:
 To encourage, stimulate, promote and recognize interest and excellence in psychology, to advance the science of psychology, and to nurture scholarship in all fields of study. The mission of Psi Beta honor society is professional development of psychology students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service.

ELIGIBILITY: Students who are enrolled at an accredited two-year college with a Psi Beta Chapter, rank in the top 35% of students enrolled in a degree or transfer program or have an overall 3.25 GPA (whichever is higher), have at least a B average in at least one semester of psychology, and have completed 12 semester hours of degree applicable college coursework are eligible. Candidates for membership must have demonstrated a genuine interest in psychology and high standards of personal behavior and integrity. Final election must be approved by three-fourths affirmative vote of members present at a regular chapter meeting or the faculty advisor. The local chapter may establish higher academic requirements.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Jerry Rudmann, PhD, Psi Beta Executive Director, 6025 East Camino Correr, Anaheim, CA 92807
Tel: 714-318-7493  
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.psibeta.org

Last updated: 6/5/2014



Psi Chi — Psychology

Founded at Yale University, September 4, 1929
Admitted to ACHS: 1965
No of Active Chapters: 1119
Total Membership: 595962
Number of Regions: 6
Publications: Eye on Psi Chi, Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research

 
PURPOSE:
 To encourage, stimulate, and maintain scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

ELIGIBILITY: For active student membership, undergraduate students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university that has a Psi Chi chapter in good standing and must have completed 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of psychology and at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of the college course. He or she must be registered for major or minor standing in psychology or for a program psychological in nature which is equivalent to such standing. Undergraduate students must rank not lower than the highest thirty-five percent of their (entire university) class in general scholarship and have a minimum overall GPA and a psychology GPA of 3.0; graduate students must have at least an average grade of B in all graduate courses. All must have high standards of personal behavior and the vote of two-thirds of those present at a regular meeting of the chapter.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Martha Zlokovich, Executive Director, Psi Chi Central Office, 825 Vine Street, PO Box 709, Chattanooga, TN 37401-0709
Tel: (423) 756-2044  Fax: (423) 774-2443
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.PsiChi.org

Last updated: 2/9/2012



Rho Chi — Pharmacy

Founded at the University of Michigan, May 19, 1922
Admitted to ACHS: 1947
No of Active Chapters: 110
Total Membership: 101272
Number of Regions: 10
Publications: Report of Rho Chi, The Rho Chi Society, Rho Chi Society Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The Society further encourages high standards of conduct and character and fosters fellowship among its members. The Society seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.

ELIGIBILITY: The student who is elected to active membership is one who has displayed academic excellence, a capacity for achievement in the science and art of pharmacy and the allied sciences, and strength of character. Students ranking in the highest twenty percent of their class, having attained a minimum professional grade point average equivalent of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, are eligible for election after having completed one-half of the required professional didactic course work as defined for the degree granted by their school or college of pharmacy. Deans, or their designees, must certify that candidates are eligible and have no known disciplinary action for academic reasons or for unprofessional conduct. The Society also provides active membership opportunities for nontraditional professional students, graduate students, and faculty. Associate and honorary memberships are also available.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: A. Wayne Pittman, Executive Vice President, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB#7569, 3210 Kerr Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7569
Tel: (919) 843-9001  Fax: (919) 962-0644
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.RhoChi.org

Last updated: 6/27/2014



Sigma Beta Delta — Business, Management, and Administration

Founded January 16, 1994 at La Jolla, California, by Beta Gamma Sigma with initial three founding chapters established at Belmont University, North Carolina State University, and Morehouse College.
Admitted to ACHS: 1994
No of Active Chapters: 277
Total Membership: 68658
Publications: Aspirations

 
PURPOSE:
 The purpose of Sigma Beta Delta is to promote higher scholarship in business and to recognize and reward scholastic achievement in business and economic subjects.

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates for bachelor's and master's degrees who rank in the upper 20% of their class at the time of invitation to membership may be inducted into membership following completion of at least one half of the degree program in which they enrolled. Undergraduates may be inducted as early as their junior year. Doctoral students who have completed all requirements for that degree may be inducted without restriction as to number. Sigma Beta Delta chapters are established in U.S. colleges and universities that grant the associate, baccalaureate, or higher degrees and that are accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies. The society allows for the establishment of chapters at non-U.S. institutions provided they meet and maintain standards and requirements with regard to mission and quality.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Sandra Estep Hammerly, Executive Director, PO Box 210570, St. Louis, MO† 63121-0570
Tel: (314) 516-4723  Fax: (314) 516-4455
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.SigmaBetaDelta.org

Last updated: 10/24/2012



Sigma Delta Pi — Spanish

Founded at the University of California, Berkeley, November 14, 1919
Admitted to ACHS: 1966
No of Active Chapters: 385
Total Membership: 170389
Number of Regions: 5
Publications: Entre Nosotros

 
PURPOSE:
 To honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples; to honor those who have made Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world; to encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of, Hispanic culture; and to foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech.

ELIGIBILITY: Student membership, undergraduate and graduate, is based on scholastic attainment, character, and a genuine interest in things Hispanic. Honorary membership is granted non-students under conditions specified in the By-Laws, and membership in the Orders of Don Quixote and Los Descubridores recognizes exceptional and meritorious service in the fields of Hispanic scholarship, the teaching of Spanish, and the promotion of friendly relations between English-speaking countries and those of Hispanic speech. Undergraduate candidates must have completed eighteen semester credit hours of college-level Spanish or the equivalent thereof, have at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization, have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work, have a minimal grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all Spanish courses, and rank in the upper 35% of the class.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Hispanic Studies, College of Charleston, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424-0001
Tel: (843) 953-6748  Fax: (866) 920-7011
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.SigmaDeltaPi.org

Last updated: 7/20/2014



Sigma Lambda Alpha — Landscape Architecture

Founded at University of Minnesota, 1977
Admitted to ACHS: 1983
Associate: 1983
Full membership: 1986
No of Active Chapters: 54
Total Membership: 8000
Number of Regions: 7
Publications: Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 To encourage, recognize, and reward academic excellence in preparation for the profession of landscape architecture. The society elects, in addition, those who have achieved professionally. Honorary and Distinguished Memberships; students, faculty/staff, and professionals are recognized. Leadership and sound character are emphasized. Preserving the valuable traditions and customs consonant with the wise husbandry of the land are sought, and a spirit of amiability is fostered among those of marked ability in this discipline.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduates, preferably juniors, and seniors of sound character, with a 3.2 GPA on a four-point scale are eligible. Graduate students who have completed at least one-third of the degree credit requirements with a 3.5 GPA on the same point-scale and rank in the upper 35% of their class are eligible, both MLA and doctoral candidates.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: John C. Billing, Texas Tech University, Department of Landscape Architecture, Box 42121, Lubbock, TX 79409-2121
Tel: (806) 742-2858  Fax: (806) 742-0770
Email: [email protected]  

Last updated: 4/8/2010



Sigma Lambda Chi — Construction Management

Founded at Michigan State University, 1949
Admitted to ACHS: 1991
No of Active Chapters: 66
Total Membership: 19208
Publications: Sigma Lambda Chi Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 The purpose of Sigma Lambda Chi is to recognize outstanding students in construction. Objectives include the rendering of service to the field of construction, the development of good relations among academia, industry, and the public, and the recognition of outstanding professionals in construction and allied fields.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students shall have completed the equivalent of two academic years of study toward their degree, shall have done resident study at the present institution for the preceding six months, and shall have an overall scholastic average in the upper 20% of qualified students in their program. Graduate and post-baccalaureate students shall have completed the equivalent of one half of fulltime study toward their graduate degree, shall have done resident study at the present institution for the preceding six months, and shall have an overall scholastic average in the upper 30% of qualified graduate students within their program.

Doctoral students who have finished 50 percent of qualifying coursework shall be eligible for SLC membership at the discretion of the SLC chapter advisor.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Wesley G. Crawford, SLC Intl. Executive Director, Sigma Lambda Chi Intl., Purdue University, BCM, 401 N Grant St., Knoy 453, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2021
Tel: (765) 494-2468  Fax: (765) 496-2246
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.slc-intl.org

Last updated: 1/30/2012



Sigma Pi Sigma — Physics

Founded at Davidson College, December 11, 1921
Admitted to ACHS: 1945
No of Active Chapters: 545
Total Membership: 85000
Number of Regions: 18
Publications: SPS Observer, Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics, Radiations

 
PURPOSE:
 Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics.

ELIGIBILITY: Student membership, both undergraduate and graduate, is restricted to those who have attained standards of high scholarship in at least three semester courses (or five quarter courses) of at least three hours each that count toward the physics major, professional interest and merit, and scholastic proficiency or distinction. Faculty members and professional scientists in physics and closely related sciences may also be elected. Undergraduate membership is restricted to those in the upper thirty-three percent of their class.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Sean Bentley, Director, Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma, American Institute of Physics, 1 Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD† 20740
Tel: (301) 209-3013  Fax: (301) 209-0839
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.SigmaPiSigma.org

Last updated: 9/12/2014



Sigma Tau Delta — English

Founded at Dakota Wesleyan University, 1924
Admitted to ACHS: 1972
No of Active Chapters: 868
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 1
Number of Regions: 6
Publications: The Rectangle, The Sigma Tau Delta Review

 
PURPOSE:
 To confer distinction for high achievement in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies in English language, literature, and writing; to provide cultural stimulation on college campuses; and to serve society by fostering literacy.

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work and a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. They must also have a minimum of a B or equivalent grade point average in English, and rank at least in the highest 35 percent of their class in general scholarship. Candidates for graduate membership must be enrolled in a graduate program in English, or one of its specializations, have completed six semester hours of graduate work or the equivalent, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. William C. Johnson, Executive Director, Department of English, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2863
Tel: (815) 981-9974  Fax: (815) 517-0154
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.English.org

Last updated: 7/6/2014



Sigma Theta Tau — Nursing

Founded at Indiana University, October 4, 1922
Admitted to ACHS: 1959
No of Active Chapters: 482
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 3
Total Membership: 500000
Number of Regions: 15
Publications: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Reflections on Nursing Leadership, Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Electronic Library: Knowledge, research, and information databases

 
PURPOSE:
 To recognize superior achievement; to recognize the development of leadership qualities; to foster high professional standards; to encourage creative work; to strengthen commitment on the part of individuals to the ideals and purposes of the profession.

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates for membership shall have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement and evidence of professional leadership potential. Undergraduate members are selected from junior and senior students in basic professional programs in nursing. Undergraduate membership is restricted to the upper 35% of a class. Nurses matriculated for graduate study and faculty members of the educational unit may also be selected. In addition, nurses who have received a baccalaureate or higher degree and have shown marked achievement in the field of nursing are eligible for election.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Pat Thompson, RN, EdD, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer, 550 W. North St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
Tel: (317) 634-8171  Fax: (317) 634-8188
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.NursingSociety.org

Last updated: 2/8/2012



Tau Alpha Pi — Engineering Technology

Founded at Southern Polytechnic State University, 1953
Admitted to ACHS: 2000
No of Active Chapters: 85
Total Membership: 7000
Number of Regions: 4
Publications:

 
PURPOSE:
 To provide recognition for a high standard of scholarship among students in engineering technology programs: to promote and encourage scholastic achievement by offering membership to outstanding students; and to engender certain desirable qualities of personality, intellect, and character among its members.

ELIGIBILITY: The scholastic requirements and standards for membership in Tau Alpha Pi are set by each Affiliate Chapter such that prospective members are academically in the upper twenty-five percent of their class. Each prospective member must have maintained the required academic standards for a period equivalent to two consecutive school terms (quarters or semesters) for two-year programs, and at least three semesters or five quarters for four-year programs. Candidate members shall be elected by the Affiliate Chapters with due consideration given to the purpose of Tau Alpha Pi: namely, to provide recognition for the highest standard of scholastic achievement and the most outstanding scholastic accomplishments. Each candidate must have acceptable character and demonstrate marked ability.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Norman L. Fortenberry, Executive Director, Tau Alpha Pi, c/o American Society for Engineering Education, 1818 N Street, NW, Ste.600, Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 350-5762  Fax: (202) 265-8504
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.TauAlphaPi.org

Last updated: 12/12/2011



Tau Beta Pi — Engineering

Founded at Lehigh University, June 15, 1885
ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF ACHS
No of Active Chapters: 238
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 60
Total Membership: 526414
Number of Regions: 16
Publications: The Bent, The Bulletin

 
PURPOSE:
 To mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their alma mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges

ELIGIBILITY: The students of engineering whose scholarship places them in the highest one-eighth of the junior class or in the highest one-fifth of the senior class are further considered for membership on the basis of character, integrity, breadth of interest, and unselfish activities.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Curtis D. Gomulinski, Executive Director, 508 Dougherty Engineering Building, P.O. Box 2697, Knoxville, TN 37901-2697
Tel: (865) 546-4578  Fax: (865) 546-4579
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.TBP.org

Last updated: 9/22/2012



Tau Sigma Delta — Architecture and Allied Arts

Founded at the University of Michigan in May, 1913
Admitted to ACHS: 1948
No of Active Chapters: 52
Total Membership: 18984
Publications: Newsletter

 
PURPOSE:
 To stimulate mental achievement, effort, and initiative; to emphasize leadership and character; and to reward students who attain high scholastic standing in architecture, landscape architecture, and the allied arts of design with the reward of membership.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for undergraduate membership, a candidate must be a bona fide student enrolled in a course of study leading to a degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or the Allied Arts of Design. Candidate must have completed a minimum of two and one-half academic years (five semesters or eight quarters) of the initial degree program and have completed major prerequisites of the degree program established by the faculty of the college, school, or department. An eligible transfer student shall have been enrolled in residence a minimum of the academic year in the institution where selection for membership is considered. Candidates must have maintained a B average or a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be in the upper 20% of their class.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Ward Wells, President, Department of Agriculture, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3137

Email: [email protected]  Website: www.tausigmadelta.org

Last updated: 2/11/2011



Theta Alpha Kappa — Religious Studies / Theology

Founded at Manhattan College, 1976
Admitted to ACHS: 1985
Associate: 1985
Full membership: 1986

Related Scholarly Organization, American Academy of Religion, 1994
No of Active Chapters: 284
Total Membership: 19448
Publications: Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa

 
PURPOSE:
 TAK exists to encourage, recognize, and maintain excellence in Religious and/or Theological Studies within baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree programs, and also within the academic profession of these studies more broadly understood.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students matriculated in institutions with a TAK chapter must have completed at least three semesters (five quarters) at that institution and at least twelve semester credits (eighteen quarter credits) in courses representing these disciplines; have attained a GPA of at least 3.5 (or B+) in such courses and a 3.0 (B) in their total program; and been ranked (if appropriate) in the upper 35% of their class. Graduate students must have completed at least one half of the residency requirements for their current degree program at a qualified, chaptered institution, and attained at least a GPA of 3.5 (B+) in that work. Honorary members (faculty and others) must meet other requirements specified in the constitution of 1998.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Prof. C. David Grant, President, Department of Religion, TCU Box 298100, Fort Worth, TX 76129
Tel: (817) 257-6447  Fax: (817) 257-7495
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.ThetaAlphaKappa.net

Last updated: 1/30/2012



Upsilon Pi Epsilon — Computing and Information Disciplines

Founded January, 1967 at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Admitted to ACHS: 1997
No of Active Chapters: 247
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 235
Total Membership: 229800
Publications: Four newsletters per year, plus monthly updates to chapters.

 
PURPOSE:
 To recognize academic excellence in the computing and information disciplines.

ELIGIBILITY: Students must be majoring in an area that is related to the computing and information disciplines. Undergraduates must possess a 3.25 GPA overall and in the major and must have completed at least 48 units of credit and rank in the upper third of their class. A graduate student must be in the upper third of his/her class and must have 15 or more units of graduate credit in computing. Faculty must have taught in the field of computing for at least one year in order to be considered for membership by the local chapter.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Orlando S. Madrigal, Executive Director of UPE, 158 Wetlands Edge Road, American Canyon, CA 94503
Tel: (530) 518-8488  Fax: (707) 647-3560
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.acm.org/upe/

Last updated: 2/9/2012



 

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