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Honor Societies

Membership in an academic, honor or pre-professional society can help you develop closer ties with faculty and students who have similar interests. By increasing your involvement in academic and social activities, these societies provide you with valuable opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

Most departments and schools have an academic organization oriented toward a specific discipline. Members are usually majors in that area of study, but many groups also include non-majors or students with an expressed interest in the group.

Honor societies have a selective membership process that usually is based on one or more of the following requirements: area of study, grade point average, university involvement, leadership and community service. If you are interested in any of the societies, you should contact the society’s adviser or the academic department.

All University

Alpha Lambda Delta

National freshman honor society.

Qualifications

You become eligible for membership by attaining a 3.5 GPA during either the first semester or the first year at USC while maintaining a full course of study (at least 12 units per semester). In your sophomore year, you can serve as an active member.

Adviser

Kris Guzman, Assistant to the Director, Dornsife College Advising Office, (213) 740-2534, krguzman@usc.edu

Applications

By invitation based on academic record.

Gamma Sigma Alpha

Recognizes high academic achievement in the greek community.

Qualifications

You must have an overall 3.5 GPA after completion of your sophomore year (complete the fourth semester with 64 units), or obtain a 3.5 or higher GPA in any semester during your junior or senior year. You must be a member in good standing of a PHC, IFC, NPHC, MGC, PFC or AGC chapter.

Contact

Beth Saul, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Director, Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, (213) 740-1195, saul@usc.edu

Golden Key International Honour Society

Recognizes scholastic achievement and excellence in all undergraduate fields of study. The USC chapter was founded in 1983 by USC biological sciences professor Peter Shugarman and was the first Golden Key chapter established on the West Coast. The USC chapter actively pursues events and activities that enhance the organization’s three pillars of academics, service and leadership.

Qualifications

You must complete at least 64 units of college academic course work of which at least 32 units have been taken at USC. Your GPA for USC course work must meet the minimum requirement of 3.7, and your cumulative GPA including any transfer work must also be at least 3.7.

Adviser

Aaron Hagedorn, Clinical Assistant Professor, USC Davis School of Gerontology, goldenkeyuscchapter@gmail.com

Applications

By nomination only.

Latino Honor Society

Recognizes excellence in scholarship and a demonstrated commitment to the betterment of the Latino community.

Qualifications

You must demonstrate leadership and community service involvement, have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and have completed at least three semesters (full-time) at USC to apply for membership. Open to undergraduates only.

Advisers

William N. Vela, Director, El Centro Chicano, wvela@usc.edu

Applications

By invitation or by submitting a request for the fall or spring semester. Call (213) 740-1480 for more information.

Mortar Board

Senior honorary society that selects students who excel in leadership, service and scholarship.

Advisers

Lily Chowana-Bandhu, Interim Director, Campus Activities, (213) 740-5693, chowanab@usc.edu

William McClure, Professor of Neurobiology, (213) 740-6090, wmcclure@usc.edu

Applications

Interest forms are available in early February on the Application Clearinghouse at usc.edu/ca.

Order of Omega

National greek leadership honor society.

Qualifications

A minimum overall GPA at or above the all-greek average is required. Applications open to juniors and seniors. However, sophomores may apply during their spring semester. You must be a member in good standing of a PHC, IFC, NPHC, MGC, PFC or AGC chapter to qualify.

Contact

Ray Carlos, Associate Director, Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, (213) 740-2080, racarlos@usc.edu

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest national honor society, recognizing achievement in the liberal arts and sciences, primarily in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The society was established in 1776.

Qualifications

Juniors: (1) 76 units at USC, (2) an outstanding GPA and (3) 64 liberal arts units out of the 76 above.

Seniors: (1) 96 units at USC, (2) an outstanding GPA and (3) 76 liberal arts units out of the 96 above.

Transfers: (1) 48 units at USC, (2) working toward 58 semester units at USC, (3) taking a minimum of 10 units currently, (4) an outstanding GPA and (5) 32 liberal arts units out of the 48 above. The GPA qualifications for election are determined annually by the faculty board of the USC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Contact

Mary Gerlitz, Administrative Coordinator, Dornsife Honors Programs, (213) 740-2961, gerlitz@usc.edu

Applications

By invitation only.

Phi Kappa Phi

Oldest interdisciplinary university academic honor society. Selects members with excellent scholarship and integrity of character.

Qualifications

Seniors with at least 96 units and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.85; juniors with 80 units and a cumulative GPA of 3.9; recipients of master’s degrees with a minimum GPA of 3.9; and doctoral candidates in the top five percent of all graduate students who have passed the qualifying examination are considered for membership. The GPA requirement may vary depending upon class averages.

Contact

pkp@usc.edu, phikappaphi.org/join/036/index.html

Applications

Undergraduate and master’s students: by invitation only. Doctoral students: a letter of nomination is required from the dean of the academic unit (or if that is not practical, from the chair or graduate adviser of the program) stating that the student ranks in the top five percent of the students in the program.

Phi Sigma Theta

Phi Sigma Theta (PST) is a national honor society dedicated to recognizing and rewarding academic achievement in undergraduates at institutions of higher learning. PST also encourages its members to participate in community service, to take advantage of leadership opportunities and to continue to excel scholastically. Our community service focus is mentoring and tutoring, which we do through an on-campus partnership with Teach 4 LA.

Qualifications

You must have at least a 3.0 GPA and at least one semester’s worth of grades available by transcript.

Adviser

Michael Burke, Box Office Manager, Financial and Business Services, (213) 740-4672, burkemj@usc.edu

Applications

Emailed to qualified applicants each year. You can also apply by sending an email to membership@phisigmatheta.org for more information.

National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)

NRHH is the premiere honor society for the top one percent of residential leaders, as governed by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, advocating for the interests and welfare of residential students, while also providing opportunities for their personal growth and development. NRHH recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of college and university housing.

Qualifications

Members are selected based on their demonstrated leadership, scholarship and service. Membership is limited to one percent of undergraduate and graduate students living in university-owned housing.

Adviser

Viktor T. Kerney, Assistant Director, Student Leadership and Development, Office for Residential Education, (213) 740-2080

Rho Lambda

National Panhellenic Conference recognition honor society.

Qualifications

Minimum GPA of 3.1 cumulative; only juniors and seniors may apply. You must be a member, in good standing, of your sorority for at least two full semesters before you are eligible to apply. Membership is limited to 10 percent of the sorority population.

Contact

Beth Saul, Director, Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, (213) 740-1195, saul@usc.edu

Architecture

Tau Sigma Delta

The organization was established to provide a national collegiate honor society open to students of all American colleges and universities with an accredited program of architecture, landscape architecture or allied arts. Its prime objective is to celebrate excellence in scholarship, to stimulate mental achievement, and to award those students who attain high scholastic standing in architecture, landscape architecture and allied arts of design with membership in an honor society. The USC Lambda Chapter was established in 1931.

Qualifications

Students are offered membership in the spring semester prior to their graduation. Membership is by invitation only. Transfer students are eligible for membership. Students in each of the degree programs are selected separately based on being in the top 20 percent of their degree programs. The candidates must have maintained B averages or 3.0 GPAs on a 4.0 scale and be in the upper 20 percent of their classes.

Advisers

Douglas Noble, Associate Professor, (213) 740-4589, dnoble@usc.edu

Applications

Invitations given in spring.

Business

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi is a national scholastic and professional society for financial information professionals. The primary objective of the organization is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

Qualifications

The minimum requirement is that the student be at sophomore standing and enrolled as a full-time student at USC (12 units or more). A minimum grade of B- or higher is required for all accounting work. Students must have a minimum accounting GPA of 3.2 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 3.5, accounting transfer GPA of 3.5 and a USC cumulative GPA of 3.0. Finance and information systems majors must have a minimum major GPA of 3.2 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Adviser

Rose Layton, Professor of Clinical Accounting, (213) 740-5022, rlayton@marshall.usc.edu

Applications

Applications are available as of the first full week of each semester, Leventhal School of Accounting B-3B.

Beta Gamma Sigma

National honor society for business students, on campus since 1923.

Qualifications

Juniors in the top 10 percent of their class, graduate students in the top 20 percent of their program.

Adviser

Undergraduate – Jennifer Chan, Program Coordinator, Marshall Undergraduate Program, (213) 740-9617, jennifer.chan@marshall.usc.edu

Graduate – Dawn Kohn, Associate Director, MBA Programs for Professionals and Managers, (213) 740-0629, dawnkohn@marshall.usc.edu

Applications

By invitation only.

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Alpha Kappa Delta

Sociology

Qualifications

To qualify, you must be a graduate student in sociology.

Adviser

Lynne Caspar, Associate Professor

Applications

Applications are available in Kaprielian Hall 352.

Nu Rho Psi

Neuroscience
This honor society and club plans academic and profession events for students interested in neuroscience to meet each other, learn about future career paths and explore the world of neuroscience.

Qualifications

If you are a major or minor in neuroscience, you must have completed at least three semesters of college courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a neuroscience GPA of 3.5 in order to be eligible to join Nu Rho Psi.

Co-Directors

Irving Biederman, Professor of Neuroscience, (213) 740-6094, bieder@usc.edu

Sarah Bottjer, Professor of Neurobiology, (213) 740-9183, bottjer@usc.edu

Adviser

Michael Quick, Vice Provost and Professor of Biological Sciences, (213) 740-3551, mquick@usc.edu

Applications

Applications are available by request at nurhopsi@usc.edu.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Economics
Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) creates faculty-student interaction in an informal setting by organizing joint student/faculty panel discussions, special lectures where students serve as discussants. Students, under faculty guidance, will submit papers to international conferences for participation and publications. ODE was established by Professor John Commons in the 1800s. Represented on a majority of campuses, it is one of the oldest international economics honor societies. It meets every year during the Allied Social Sciences Annual Meetings, where papers from its annual essay contest are read.

Qualifications

You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and complete at least 12 upper-division units in economics.

Adviser

Nake Kamrany, Professor/Senior Lecturer, Economics, (213) 740-6997, kamrany@usc.edu

Applications

Contact Professor Kamrany, ODE executive committee, at (213) 740-6997 or the Department of Economics at (213) 740-8335.

Phi Alpha Theta

History

Qualifications

Undergraduate students must complete at least 12 semester hours in history (four courses). They must also have a GPA of at least 3.1 in history and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. Membership is not limited to history majors.

Adviser

Contact the History Department, Social Sciences Building 153.

Applications

Applications are available in Social Sciences Building 153.

Phi Sigma

Biological Sciences
A national honor society for selected biology majors (Alpha Alpha Chapter at USC). Promotes research and academic excellence in the biological sciences.

Qualifications

Students with a GPA above 3.0 who have interest in research and have completed core requirements for the first two years in biological sciences are eligible. Major activities range from presentation of papers by members and lectures by outside speakers to field trips, laboratory demonstrations and joint research projects.

Adviser

Robert Baker, Professor of Molecular Biology, (213) 740-5565, baker@usc.edu

Applications

Contact Dr. Baker in Ray R. Irani Hall (RRI) 104A or obtain applications from Alan Hancock Foundation (AHF) 105.

Pi Delta Phi

French

Qualifications

Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in French and 3.0 overall. Must have at least junior status and have completed at least one semester of upper-division French.

Adviser

Atiyeh Showrai, Master Lecturer, French, (213) 740-3173, showrai@usc.edu.

Applications

Eligible students will be invited to join.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Political Science and International Relations

Qualifications

Open to graduate and undergraduate students in the above majors who have completed at least three upper division courses in the prospective discipline. Must have at least junior status with a minimum 3.5 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the major.

Adviser

Paul Kovich, Undergraduate Adviser, Political Science, (213) 740-3621, kovich@usc.edu

Applications

Deadline varies in fall and spring, available in Von KleinSmid Center 327.

Psi Chi

Psychology
Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, was founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging and maintaining excellence in scholarship for members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who meet the minimum qualifications of scholarship and make the study of psychology one of their major interests.

Psi Chi also hosts events throughout the academic year that are open to all interested students, including non-members.

Qualifications

(1) Completion of at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work and nine semester hours or 14 quarter hours of psychology; (2) Registration for major or minor standing in psychology or for a program psychological in nature that is equivalent to such standings; (3) Undergraduates who are elected to Psi Chi must rank in the upper 35 percent of their class in general scholarship and, in those few instances where the cutoff for the upper 35 percent falls below a 3.0 GPA, must also have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0. Demonstration of superior scholarship in psychology and earning a minimum GPA of 3.0 in psychology courses are required; (4) In addition to the above requirements, undergraduate transfer students must have completed at least one psychology course at USC before applying; (5) Graduate students must have an average grade of B or better in all graduate courses, including psychology.

Applications

For an application to become a Psi Chi member, visit the Psychology Department, Seeley G. Mudd Building 501.

Advisers

David Schwartz, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, (213) 740-3968, davsch@usc.edu

Vivian Hsu-Tran, Adviser, (213) 740-6163, vhsu@usc.edu

Sigma Gamma Epsilon

Earth Sciences
National honorary earth sciences society promoting undergraduate activities in the Department of Earth Sciences.

Qualifications

You may qualify to join Sigma Gamma Epsilon after completing at least two geoscience courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Adviser

A. Joshua West, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences, (213) 740-6736, joshwest@usc.edu

Applications

Contact the faculty adviser.

Dentistry

Delta Delta Sigma

Functions as a peer group that provides both social and academic support to pre-dental and dental hygiene members. Helps develop and mold students with great experience, communication skills and confidence to enter the dental health field. Enhances the undergraduate experience.

Qualifications

Membership is open to USC students who attend 75 percent of general meetings, attend one social event, pay dues, become HIPAA certified and complete one of the following: rotations in the USC School of Dentistry; “Spread the Smile Campaigns” (SSC); or AYUDA clinics.

Adviser

Sandra Bolivar, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs, (213) 740-2841, bolivar@usc.edu

Applications

Applications available online at deltadeltasigma.net under Resources.

Omicron Kappa Upsilon

Established to promote and recognize scholarship and character and to encourage and develop a spirit of emulation among students of dentistry.

Qualifications

Members are selected from the upper 20 percent of the graduating class, who, in addition to scholarship, have demonstrated exemplary traits of character and potential qualities for future professional growth. Honorary and faculty members can also be nominated.

Adviser

Irene M. Reyna, Administrative Coordinator, (213) 740-7633, irene@usc.edu

Applications

By nomination only.

Education

Phi Delta Kappa

Phi Delta Kappa International, the leading advocate for public education, promotes quality education for all as essential to a democratic way of life by providing innovative programs, relevant research, visionary leadership and dedicated service.

Qualifications

Membership is open to professional educators and other individuals and institutions of good character who are committed to its purpose. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in an accredited education program and apply before student teaching.

Adviser

Pedro Garcia, Professor of Clinical, Ed.D. Program, (213) 740-1208, pegarcia@usc.edu

Applications

Application is by nomination from good standing members or by self-nomination. Professional membership is also available. For more information, visit pdk-usc.org.

Engineering

Alpha Pi Mu

Industrial Engineering

Qualifications

Criteria for election are: juniors in the upper one-fifth of their class; seniors in the upper one-third of their class; master’s students who have completed at least one-third of the courses required for their degree and rank among the top 10 students in all ISE master’s degree programs; and doctoral students recommended by the department chair.

Adviser

Kurt Palmer, Associate Professor of Engineering Practice, Industrial and Systems Engineering, (213) 740-5960

Applications

New members are only invited to join in the spring semester.

Chi Epsilon

Civil and environmental engineering honor society established in 1924 to promote scholarship, character, practicality and sociability.

Qualifications

To be eligible for membership, an undergraduate must rank scholastically in the upper one-third of his or her class in a curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering or in a closely related curriculum.

Adviser

Henry M. Koffman, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, (213) 740-0556, koffman@usc.edu

Applications

By invitation only. For more information, contact the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Student Affairs Office, Kaprielian Hall 214, or visit uscxe.com.

Eta Kappa Nu

Electrical engineering honor society for students, faculty and practicing engineers in electrical engineering, computer engineering/computer science and biomedical-electrical engineering.

Qualifications

Students demonstrating “marked ability” – evidenced by scholarship, personal character, useful voluntary services and distinguished accomplishments – are elected primarily from the junior and senior classes. Graduate students and distinguished professionals demonstrating similar career success are also eligible.

Adviser

Hossein Hashemi, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering/Electrophysics, (213) 740-3596, hosseinhl@usc.edu

Applications

Contact the Electrical Engineering Department at (213) 740-4700, Powell Hall 604.

Omega Chi Epsilon

Chemical Engineering

Qualifications

Top one-fourth of junior class or top one-third of senior class.

Applications

Contact the Department of Chemical Engineering at (213) 740-2225,
Hedco Chemical Engineering 216.

Omega Rho

Operations Research
To recognize academic excellence in operations research and encourage study of operations research, management science and closely associated disciplines.

Qualifications

If you would like to join this honor group, you must be in the top one-third of your class.

Adviser

Maged Dessouky, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, (213) 740-4891, maged@usc.edu

Applications

By nomination only during the spring semester.

Pi Epsilon Tau

Petroleum Engineering in academia and industry

Qualifications

As a junior or senior, you must have a 3.3 GPA in petroleum, chemical or mechanical engineering (with petroleum engineering option) for at least one semester at USC. As a graduate student, you must have a 3.5 GPA. You must also have exemplary character and adviser approval.

Adviser

Kristian Jessen, Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering, HED 311, (213) 740-2073, jessen@usc.edu

Applications

Contact Petroleum Engineering at (213) 740-0322, Hedco Chemical Engineering 316.

Pi Tau Sigma

Mechanical Engineering

Qualifications

Pi Tau Sigma is open to students who are in the top 30 percent of the senior and the top 25 percent of the junior class. Students must officially commit to the organization.

Advisers

Paul Ronney, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, (213) 740-0490, ronney@usc.edu

Applications

By invitation only.

Sigma Gamma Tau

Aerospace Engineering
To recognize achievement and excellence in the aerospace field. Students who are in the upper third of the senior class, upper fourth of the junior class and upper fifth of the sophomore class are eligible.

Adviser

Geoffrey Spedding, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, (213) 740-4132, geoff@usc.edu

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is a national engineering honor society dedicated to promoting honor, integrity, scholarship and exemplary character in the field of engineering.

Qualifications

Undergraduate students whose scholarship places them in the top eighth of their class in their next-to-last year or in the top fifth of their class in their last college year are eligible for membership consideration.

Engineering graduate students whose scholarship places them in the top fifth of their graduate class or whose high-quality work is attested to by a faculty member may be elected to membership.

Adviser

Larry G. Redekopp, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, (213) 740-5369, lg.redekopp@usc.edu

Gerontology

Sigma Phi Omega

National academic honor and professional society in gerontology.

Qualifications

To qualify for membership in Sigma Phi Omega, you must be in your second term of enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student at USC and major or minor in gerontology. As an undergraduate, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.3; as a graduate student, you must have at least a 3.5 GPA. Faculty, alumni, professional and honorary memberships are also available.

Adviser

Maria Henke, Associate Dean, (213) 740-5156, mhenke@usc.edu

Applications

Contact department.

Law

Blackstonians (Pre-law Honor Society)

To recognize academic excellence and educate students about using law and the legal system for the moral improvement of society. Founded at the University of Southern California in 1923, the organization is a group of distinguished individuals committed to furthering the ideals of Sir William Blackstone.

Qualifications

To be eligible, you must have completed at least 32 units at the University of Southern California, but not more than 118 units (transfer students may be admitted if they have completed at least 16 units at USC, have junior standing and a USC GPA of 3.5), and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Adviser

Alison Dundes Renteln, Professor of Political Science, (213) 740-3248, arenteln@usc.edu

Jeb Barnes, Associate Professor of Political Science, (213) 740-1689, barnesj@usc.edu

Applications

Deadlines vary each semester. Applications are available online at uscblackstonians.weebly.com and in the Department of Political Science in Von KleinSmid Center 327.

Order of the Coif

A national honorary scholastic society that encourages excellence in legal education.

Qualifications

Membership will be extended to a graduating law student whose cumulative grade point average ranks in the top 10 percent of all graduating students, provided that he or she has completed at least 75 percent (66 units) of law studies in graded courses.

Adviser

Scott Altman, Vice Dean, Gould School of Law, (213) 740-2544, saltman@law.usc.edu

Applications

Students are nominated by the law school.

Medicine

Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-med)

This honor society aims to provide members with exposure to various aspects of medicine, stimulate an appreciation of the importance of premedical education in the study of medicine, and promote cooperation and contacts between medical and premedical students and educators. It binds together students with similar interests through participation in activities that benefit health organizations, charities and the community.

Qualifications

Members must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and be in their sophomore year or later. Participation, character, personality and attitude are also of importance.

Applications

Deadline is approximately three weeks from the beginning of each semester. Email aedusc@gmail.com to inquire about membership.

Alpha Omega Alpha

To recognize and perpetuate excellence in the medical profession.

Qualifications

As an undergraduate or graduate student or a faculty member, you may be elected to join this honor society based on your distinguished academic achievement. Integrity, capacity for leadership, compassion and fairness in dealing with colleagues are equally important criteria for membership. To qualify for membership, you must be enrolled in your last two years of medical school.

Adviser

Paul Holtom, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Orthopedics, (323) 409-6645, holtom@usc.edu

Applications

Students are nominated.

Music

Pi Kappa Lambda

National honor society for music students. USC’s Eta chapter was established in 1923 to recognize outstanding musical achievement, academic scholarship and service.

Qualifications

To be considered for membership, juniors must be in the upper 10 percent of their class; seniors must be in the upper 20 percent. Graduating master’s students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher, and doctoral students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher who have completed their qualifying exams, are eligible.

Adviser

Debora Huffman, Associate Dean for Doctoral Programs, Thornton School of Music, (213) 740-2774, dhuffman@thornton.usc.edu

Applications

Students are nominated by Pi Kappa Lambda officers and faculty of the Thornton School of Music.

Occupational Therapy

Pi Theta Epsilon

To be invited to join Pi Theta Epsilon, you need to demonstrate academic excellence in occupational therapy as an undergraduate or graduate student, and complete the summer and fall semesters of the first year of the entry-level professional program. Candidates from the top 35 percent of the class who also have at least a 3.5 GPA are invited to apply for membership.

Advisers

Julie McLaughlin Gray, Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy, (323) 442-2877, jmgray@osot.usc.edu

Myka Winder, Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy, (323) 442-3340, mpersson@osot.usc.edu

Applications

By invitation only.

Pharmacy

Phi Lambda Sigma

National pharmacy leadership society devoted to identifying, supporting and recognizing the contributions of pharmacy students to their colleges, classmates, campuses, communities and to their chosen profession.

Qualifications

Students must complete at least one professional year of scholastic work applicable toward a recognized pharmacy degree and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Prospective members are nominated on the basis of their demonstration of dedication, service and leadership in the advancement of pharmacy.

Adviser

Melvin Baron, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, (323) 442-2686, mbaron@usc.edu

Applications

By invitation only.

Rho Chi

Pharmacy

Qualifications

Membership requires high attainment in scholarship, character, personality and leadership. To qualify, you must complete three semesters of the professional curriculum, be among the upper 20 percent of your class and be approved by the dean of the School of Pharmacy.

Adviser

Michael Z. Wincor, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, (323) 442-1455, mwincor@usc.edu

Applications

By nomination only.

Public Policy

Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha is the National Society for Public Affairs and Administration and is an affiliate of the American Society for Public Administration. Its purposes are to: encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment among students and practitioners of public affairs and administration; promote the advancement of education and scholarship in the art and science of public affairs and administration; and foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service operation.

Qualifications

Students in the Price School of Public Policy undergraduate, Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration programs who meet requirements are eligible for membership. Applications from Executive Master of Leadership; Doctor of Policy, Planning, and Development; and Ph.D. students with demonstrated commitment to public administration and public affairs will also be considered.

Adviser

Megan Curran, Student Services Adviser, (213) 740-3353, mecurran@usc.edu.

Applications

Contact Megan Curran for more information.

Social Work

Phi Alpha

USC’s Omicron Epsilon chapter of Phi Alpha, the national social work honor society, recognizes and promotes scholastic achievement among students and faculty involved in the graduate social work program; recognizes, improves and furthers the goals of social work in the community, state, nation and world; stimulates interest in a career in social work; encourages continued study and research at the graduate level and in professional practice; and recognizes those professional social workers and others whose service, contributions and leadership are held in esteem. Scholarships are available for members and non-members annually.

Qualifications

Members must be social work graduate students who have completed at least 12 units in the School of Social Work and have a cumulative GPA of 3.75. Membership dues and completion of one philanthropic activity (four hours) are required each semester to maintain “active” status.

Advisers

Suh Chen Hsiao, Director, Assistant Director of Field Education for Virtual Academic Center/ Clinical Assistant Professor, (213) 740-3444, shuhsiao@usc.edu and Dawn Joosten, Clinical Assistant Professor, (213) 740-2711, joosten@usc.edu

Applications

By invitation at the beginning of fall and/or spring semester. Students can also email phialpha@usc.edu for more information.


2 comments on “Honor Societies”

  1. Martie Wood Says:

    Is Omicron Delta Kappa a legitimate honor society or just a money-making entity that would be of no resume benefit?

  2. svogl Says:

    I’m not familiar with Omicron Delta Kappa. If it is associated with your academic department, you could ask them about it.

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