What is Sigma Tau Delta?
Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society, founded in 1924. It recognizes and confers distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta opens up new opportunities for publications, scholarships, internships, and networking. It is an internationally recognized distinction of personal, professional, and academic excellence.
At WashU, Sigma Tau Delta hosts fun and casual events that allow students and professors to interact in a social setting. Everybody can attend events, not just official members. Our biggest and most popular events are Bowling Night and Trivia Night, where students can compete with and against their professors. There are also casual coffee hours throughout the year that provide a nice study break.
Membership Benefits Include:
- lifetime membership
- honor cords for graduation
- a personalized membership certificate
- the official Sigma Tau Delta pin
- eligibility for Sigma Tau Delta scholarships (visit http://niu.edu/sigmatd/members/scholarships/index.shtml)
- eligibility to submit papers for publication to The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle and The Sigma Tau Delta Review (visit http://niu.edu/sigmatd/publications/journals/index.shtml)
- eligibility to apply for Sigma Tau Delta internships (visit http://niu.edu/sigmatd/members/internships/index.shtml)
To Apply for Membership:
Sigma Tau Delta inducts new members at the beginning of every semester. To apply, submit a completed Application Form along with a copy of your transcript into the Sigma Tau Delta mailbox on the first floor of Duncker, along with the one-time lifetime $50 dues.
The requirements are listed on the application form and are very simple. Applicants must be English majors, English minors, or Writing minors who have at least a B average in their English/Writing classes as well as their overall GPA. Applicants must have completed at least 2 semesters of college and have taken a minimum of 2 English/Writing classes beyond the freshman English requirements.
After Graduation: What Next?
Although you won’t be an active member of the WashU chapter anymore, Sigma Tau Delta is a lifetime membership. If you attend a graduate school with an active chapter, you can continue taking advantage of the membership benefits. For alumni who don’t want to lose touch with Sigma Tau Delta, there is an Alumni Epsilon Chapter dedicated to facilitating your affiliation regardless of your current place of residence or ability to connect with local chapters. For more information, visit http://www.niu.edu/sigmatd/alumni/index.shtml.
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If you have any further questions, feel free to email the Sigma Tau Delta exec board:
Nick Politan, President
Laura Lee, Vice President