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.
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 English Studies
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 English Studies (formerly the Pacific Rim Conference on Literature & Rhetoric). This weekend-long academic conference provides members the opportunity to present their work and engage in spirited discussions about each other's research. This year's conference will be held February 27-28. The theme for the 2015 conference is Negotiating Identity through Authentic Voice.
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.
Officers for Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Epsilon Nu Chapter, Spring 2015
Faculty Sponsor: Michael A. Lamb