Purpose of the Society
Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. One of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta has over 600 active chapters, more than 900 faculty sponsors, and inducts approximately 7,000 members annually. Our members have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, to enrich their education, receive help with career choices, and to advance their careers.
Requirements for Membership
To qualify for membership to Sigma Tau Delta, undergraduates must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond freshman English. The candidate must have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (out of 4.0) or equivalent average in English and 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.
There is a one-time membership fee of $50. Please pick up an application in the Department of English, or complete this printable application.
Benefits of Membership
Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment. It also serves as an incentive for continued high scholarship. It provides opportunities for those interested in English language and literature to join with like-minded persons at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Members receive and have the opportunity to contribute to the award-winning literary publication The Rectangle and are eligible to compete for a number of prizes for excellence in writing. Student members are also eligible to compete for several $1,000 - $2,500 scholarships and awards.
Pacific Rim Conference on Literature & Rhetoric
The Alpha Epsilon Nu Chapter at UAA works in partnership with the Department of English graduate students in hosting the annual Pacific Rim Conference on Literature & Rhetoric (formerly the Pacific Rim Literary Conference). This weekend-long literary conference provides members the opportunity to plan and participate in a formal literary conference. This year's conference will be held March 7-8, 2014. The theme for the 2014 conference is Creating and Resisting Meaning: Recalibrating the Identity and Agency of the Textual Consumer.
Members of the Alpha Epsilon Nu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta organize and participate in a variety of other events to help students gain important new skills and to raise money for the Pacific Rim Conference. Some events that we have participated in in the past are the annual Chili Cook-Off, the biennial Buck-A-Book sale, a workshop on writing Curriculum Vitae, and a workshop on writing conference proposals. In addition, we have collaborated with UAA's creative writing magazine, Understory.
We are always looking for new members, so if you meet the membership requirements and would like to be a part of a distinguished honor society, please apply today!
Faculty Sponsor: Michael A. Lamb
Chapter President: Shiosha McDonald
Chapter Vice President: Megan Kolendo
Chapter Treasurer: Zeb Kraft
Club Council Rep: Lars Singleton
Secretary: Jathan Day
Historian: Shanna Allen
Sigma Tau Delta: Alpha Epsilon Nu Chapter