• Honor Societies

    At Worcester State University, we recognize exceptional achievement of outstanding students with invitations to join an honor society. We host chapters of 21 honor societies, spanning 16 academic disciplines and 5 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.

    Academic Disciplines 

  • Biology

    Beta Beta Beta

    Advisor: Roger Greenwell and Nirvana Filoramo

    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.

    Business Administration

    Sigma Beta Delta

    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.


    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.


    Lambda Pi Eta

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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.


    Kappa Delta Pi

    Advisor: Pam Hollander

    Kappa Delta Pi, an 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.

    Alpha Upsilon Alpha

    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.


    Sigma Tau Delta

    Advisor: Matthew Ortoleva

    Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. WSU is one of over 900 active chapters located in the United States and abroad.


    Gamma Theta Upsilon

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

    Health Sciences

    Eta Sigma Gamma

    Advisors: 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.


    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.


    Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society

    Advisor: Dr. Melissa Duprey & Prof. Bill Chadbourne

    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.


    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.

    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.

  • Special Interests
  • Adult Students

    Alpha Sigma Lambda

    Advisor: Roberta Kyle

    Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society founded by Dr. Rollin B. Posey, dean of University College at Northwestern University, to honor adult students who achieve and maintain high scholastic standards while balancing work and family responsibilities. ASL promotes continuing scholastic growth of adult students and appreciation for their academic achievements and contributions.


    Chi Alpha Sigma

    Chi Alpha Sigma was established to recognize college student-athletes who excel both on and off the field of competition. The organization was founded in 1996 by then DePauw University head football coach Nick Mourouzis.

    Students with Disabilities

    Delta Alpha Pi - Gamma Chi Chapter

    Faculty Advisor: Susanna Meyer
    Staff Advisor: Kelly McGill Seega

    Delta Alpha Pi, an international honor society for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities, recognizes the academic accomplishments of and facilitates development of skills in leadership, advocacy and education for participating students. Its three Greek letters have specific meaning:

    • Delta: D for Disability; the triangle symbolizes strength
    • Alpha: A for Achievement and Advocacy
    • Pi: P for Pride

    First-Year Students

    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.