(Left to right) Kayla Smiddy, Kathleen Bure, and Renee Poland waiting for the Scholarship and Awards Ceremony to begin during the annual Sigma Tau Delta Convention in Savannah, GA. UNCW's chapter won the national Outstanding Chapter Award for the 2013/2014 academic year.
Clubs and Societies
Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta is the international English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The purposes of the Society are:
- To confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies.
- To promote an interest in literature and English language on campus and in the community.
- To foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing.
Why Join Sigma Tau Delta?
Members of Sigma Tau Delta participate in monthly meetings, fundraisers, charity work, academic events and fun social events. In addition, members receive a one-year subscription to two Sigma Tau Delta journals with their initial fee and are encouraged to submit critical essays and creative writing for publication. Members can also compete for several $1,000 and $3,000 scholarships and awards and can submit papers for presentation at the International Convention held every spring.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible, undergraduates must have at least a 3.0 GPA in overall scholarship and a 3.2 in their English courses. They must also have completed at least two English courses beyond basic studies and be an English major, an English minor, or be in the process of earning a Teaching Licensure in English. They must also have completed at least 3 semesters of college course work.
Graduate students must have at least a 3.3 GPA in overall scholarship and must have completed at least 6 hours of graduate English courses to be eligible for Graduate Membership of Sigma Tau Delta. Graduate students who were a part of Sigma Tau Delta as undergraduates may simply have their membership transferred to our chapter.
Our chapter also offers Junior Membership for interested students who have not yet earned enough credits in English. Junior members must have an established GPA of 3.0 or higher and must have earned at least 12 hours of college credit. Junior members should apply for full membership once they are eligible.
How do I apply?
*Application deadlines vary each semester, but are always within the first few weeks of classes (typically the first week of September and the last week of January). Applications received after the deadline may be considered for the following semester.
What happens if I accepted?
If you are accepted, you'll simply need to pay fee of $73, which includes a lifetime membership to Sigma Tau Delta, chapter T-shirt, and annual dues. Annual dues to our chapter are $25. Only checks or money orders will be accepted. Checks should be made out to "Sigma Tau Delta" and should be submitted to Ashley Bissette Sumerel.
*The deadline for payment will be approximately two weeks following the application deadline. You'll be able to participate in activities as soon as your fees have been paid. A formal induction of new members will take place at the end of the semester. If you are accepted for Junior Membership, you'll simply need to pay an annual fee of $15 to our local chapter, plus $8 for your T-shirt. There is no formal induction for Junior Members.
To remain an active member, students must participate in at least 5 activities per semester. Activities include meetings, socials, fundraisers, academic events and charity work. During their last semester, active members may purchase Sigma Tau Delta regalia to wear during graduation, including honor cords, a stole and/or medallion.
Here's a link to Sigma Tau Delta's UNCW blog.
Details are available in the English Department Office
or just email Ashley Bissette Sumerel to find out more.