ACADEMICS

  • Honor Societies

    At Worcester State University, we recognize exceptional achievement of outstanding students with invitations to join an honor society. We host chapters of 20 honor societies, spanning 16 academic disciplines and 4 special interests. Once inducted to an honor society, you can tap exclusive opportunities to network with likeminded classmates, strengthen relationships with a chapter’s faculty advisor, and build your resume. Membership opens doors beyond graduation—providing you with a noteworthy credential on job applications, an expansive network of colleagues in your field, and a resource for continual professional development.

  • Biology
    Beta Beta Beta
     
    Advisor: Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier
     
    Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 670 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

    www.tri-beta.org
    Business Administration

    Sigma Beta Delta
     
    Advisor: Maureen Stefanini 

    Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university with a Sigma Beta Delta chapter. To be eligible for membership, a business student must rank in the upper 20 percent of the junior, senior or master’s class and be invited to membership by the faculty officers.

    www.sigmabetadelta.org 
      

    Chemistry

    Gamma Sigma Epsilon 
     
    Advisor: Anne Falke

    Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a national chemistry honor society founded in 1919 at Davidson College. The original fraternity was created to promote academic excellence and undergraduate research scholarship in chemistry. In 1931 the fraternity went co-ed and became an honor society. Today there are over seventy active Gamma Sigma Epsilon chapters throughout the United States. The Society is governed by a National Executive Council of elected officers and meets in biennial conventions for the purpose of governance, fellowship, and scientific exchange.

    www.gammasigmaepsilon.org

      

    Communication

    Lambda Pi Eta 
     
    Advisor: Barbara Zang

    Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) has over 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. LPH was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. It became a part of the National Communication Association in 1988 and the association’s official honor society in July 1995.

    www.natcom.org
      

    Computer Science

    Upsilon Pi Epsilon 
     
    Advisor: Karl Wurst

    The computing and information disciplines are relatively young. Yet despite their comparative youth, the computing and information disciplines have had an unparalleled effect on almost every aspect of contemporary life. Indeed it is difficult to predict the ultimate place of the computer in our world. It is the express purpose of Upsilon Pi Epsilon to promote the computing and information disciplines and to encourage their contribution to the enhancement of knowledge.


    www.upe.acm.org
     

    Criminal Justice
    Alpha Phi Sigma
     
    Advisor: Stephen Morreale 

    In September, 1941, Dr. Vivian Anderson Leonard was asked by the president of Washington State University if he would accept the directorship of a Police Science Academic Program at Washington State. Dr. Leonard accepted the offer and became responsible for developing a four year curriculum which would lead to a Bachelor's Degree in Police Administration.

    www.alphaphisigma.org
    Economics
    Omircon Delta Epsilon
     
    Advisor: William O'Brien 

    Omicron Delta Epsilon is one of the world's largest academic honor societies. 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 its official journal, The American Economist , and sponsoring of panels at professional meetings as well as the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions.

    www.omicrondeltaepsilon.org
    Education
    Kappa Delta Pi
     
    Advisor: Pam Hollander

    Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, founded by Dr. William Bagley in 1911 at the University of Illinois, was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The founders chose the name from the Greek words to represent knowledge, duty, and power. Pioneering from its beginning by including women as well as men, Kappa Delta Pi grew from a local chapter to the international organization it is today, comprising 600 chapters and more than 40,000 members.

    www.kdp.org 

    Alpha Upsilon Alpha


    Advisor: Margaret Bouchard

     
    Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the honor society of the International Reading Association, was created in 1985 to recognize and encourage scholarship, the development of personal and professional leadership, and service to the field of reading at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    www.reading.org
    English
    Lambda Lota Tau
     
    Advisor: Matt Ortoleva

    The Association of College Honor Societies is a visibly cohesive community of national and international honor societies, individually and collaboratively exhibiting excellence in scholarship, service, programs, and governance. A coordinating agency for these societies in chartering chapters in accredited colleges and universities, the Association sets high priority in maintaining high standards, in defining the honor society movement, and in developing criteria for judging the credibility and legitimacy of honor societies.

    www.achsnatl.org 
    Freshman
    Phi Eta Sigma
     
    Advisor: Janice Yee

    Founded in 1923 at the University of Illinois, Phi Eta Sigma is the nation's oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines. Inspired by the past and dedicated to the future, the Society's mission is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.

    www.phietasigma.org
    Geography
    Gamma Theta Upsilon
     
    Advisor: Stephen Healy

    Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography. Gamma Theta Upsilon was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. GTU chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness.

    www.gammathetaupsilon.org
    Health Sciences
    Eta Sigma Gamma
     
    Advisors: Michelle White and Syamak Mottari 

    The mission of Eta Sigma Gamma is promotion of the discipline by elevating the standards, ideals, competence and ethics of professionally prepared men and women in Health Education.

    www.etasigmagamma.org
    History
    Phi Alpha Theta
     
    Advisor: Tonya Mears

    Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.

    www.phialphatheta.org
    Nursing

    Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society

    Advisor: Melissa Duprey and Judy Tuori

     
    STTI membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Here are some additional facts about our membership:

    • STTI has more than 135,000 active members.
    • Members reside in more than 85 countries.
    • 39 percent of active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees; 51 percent are in staff positions; 19 percent are administrators or supervisors; 18 percent are faculty/academics; and 12 percent are in advanced practice.
    • There are roughly 500 chapters at approximately 675 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
    • STTI communicates regularly with more than 100 nurse leaders who have expressed interest in establishing chapters globally, including those in Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, New Zealand, and Spain.

    The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.
     
    Sigma Theta Tau International's vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing.
     
    http://www.nursingsociety.org

    Psychology
    Psi Chi
     
    Advisor: Amy Cota-McKinley

    Psi Chi was founded September 4, 1929, during the 9th International Congress of Psychology. Representatives from 11 colleges and universities signed the charter, and three others signed by proxy. It is the largest student psychological organization with over 600,000 members.

    www.psichi.org
    World Language
    Alpha Mu Gamma
     
    Advisor: Judy Jeon-Chapman

    Alpha Mu Gamma has as its primary purpose the honoring of students for outstanding achievement during their first year of foreign language study in college. However, students may be admitted at any stage in their college careers. Upon initiation a member receives a parchment certificate of membership and may wear the scroll-shaped gold key or pin.

    www.lacitycollege.edu