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URI Honor Societies

The URI Honors Program is not affiliated with any of the following Honors Societies, but undergraduate students and faculty may find the list below useful. Please contact the advisor of the individual Honor Society in which you are interested for further information. If you are the advisor or chairperson for one or more of the following societies and need to update information, please send any missing or inaccurate information to URIhonors@etal.uri.edu.

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Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Alpha Theta
Alpha Sigma Lambda Phi Beta Kappa
Beta Alpha Psi Phi Eta Sigma
Beta Gamma Sigma Phi Kappa Lambda
Phi Kappa Phi
Beta Phi Mu Phi Lambda Sigma
Chi Epsilon Phi Sigma Iota
Delta Phi Alpha Pi Delta Phi
Eta Kappa Nu Pi Mu Epsilon
Gamma Kappa Alpha Pi Sigma Alpha
Golden Key Pi Tau Sigma
Iota Iota Iota Psi Chi
Kappa Delta Pi Rho Chi
Kappa Omicron Nu
Lambda Alpha
Lambda Pi Eta Sigma Delta Pi
Lambda Tau Sigma Iota Epsilon
National Society for Collegiate Scholars Sigma Lambda Alpha
Omicron Delta Epsilon Sigma Pi Sigma
Omicron Delta Kappa Sigma Theta Tau
Onyx Tau Beta Pi

Alpha Kappa Delta

Discipline: Sociology
Advisor: Prof. Judy Van Wyk
Address: Department of Sociology & Anthropology, 507 Chafee Bldg
Phone: (401) 874-4146
Email: vanwyk@uri.edu
Chapter Website: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/soc/akd.html
National Website: http://alphakappadelta.org/

  • Junior or Senior standing
  • Must be an officially declared undergraduate Sociology major
  • Must have completed at least 60 credit hours by Feb. 1
  • Must have an overall G.P.A. of 3.3, and rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship
  • Must have a 3.0 G.P.A. in sociology courses taken at URI
  • Must have completed at least four courses in sociology (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail)

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Alpha Sigma Lambda

Discipline: Continuing Higher Education
URI/FCCE Honor Society Chapter Name: Epsilon Rho Chapter
Advisor/Officer: Dr. Kathryn K. Quina, URI/FCCE Associate Dean
Assigned Staff Person: Cessie Hernandez, cessieh@uri.edu
Address: CCE Admissions & Advising Office
80 Washington Street Rm. 245
Providence, RI, 02903
Phone: (401) 277-5163
Email: kquina@uri.edu, or cessieh@uri.edu
National Website: http://www.alphasigmalambda.org/
Chapter Website: http://www.uri.edu/prov/studentresources/involved/asl/asl.html
To be considered for membership, a student must:

  • have completed a minimum of thirty (30) college semester hours at the University of Rhode Island;
  • be an admitted student in an undergraduate degree program;
  • have been a URI College of Continuing Education student taking courses in Providence, Middletown, or Kingston;
  • have a cumulative index of at least 3.20

Any student who meets the criteria listed above and wishes to become a member should contact Cessie Hernandez at (401) 277-5163, e-mail cessieh@uri.edu.

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Beta Alpha Psi

Discipline: Accounting
Advisor/Officer: Kate Jelinek
Address: College of Business Administration
7 Lippitt Road, 307 Ballentine Hall
Kingston, Rhode Island 02881
Phone: (401) 874-4327
Email: kjelinek@uri.edu
Chapter Information: http://web.uri.edu/business/student-resources/
National Website: http://www.bap.org/

  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • 3.0 GPA in major
  • Completed at least 3 upper division credits in major
  • Attend a minimum of 2 Beta Alpha Psi professional activities and 1 social activity
  • Agree to actively participate in at least 50% of all Beta Alpha Psi activities

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Beta Gamma Sigma

Discipline: Business
Advisor/Officer: Associate Dean Deborah Rosen, Assistant Dean Ferguson-Boyd
Address: College of Business (Ballentine Hall)
Phone: (401)874-2337
Email: drosen@uri.edu, pfergus@uri.edu
National Website: http://www.betagammasigma.org/

  • Juniors: among the highest 10% of their class
  • Seniors: among the highest 10% of their class
  • Graduate Students:
    1. Masters Level–among the top 20% of their class
    2. Doctoral Level–all are eligible

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Beta Phi Mu

Discipline: Library and Information Studies
Advisor/Officer: C. Herbert Carson, Faculty Representative & Secretary (since ’94)
Address: Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
University of Rhode Island
5 Rodman Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: (401) 874-4646
Email: chcarson@uri.edu
Website: http://beta-phi-mu.org/

  • Must graduate in top 25% of class with a GPA of not less than 3.75
  • Show potential for leadership in the profession.

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Chi Epsilon

Discipline: Civil Engineering
Advisor/Officer: George Tsiatas, Faculty Advisor, Gregory Coren, Student President
Address: 203 Bliss Hall
Phone: (401) 874-2692
Email: tsiatasg@egr.uri.edu; gcoren@mail.uri.edu
Website: http://www.chi-epsilon.org/
Requirements: COMING SOON

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Delta Phi Alpha

Discipline: German
Advisor/Officer: Damon Rarick, Associate Professor of German
Address: Swan Hall
Phone: (401) 874-4710
Email: rarick@uri.edu
National website: http://www.deltaphialpha.org/

  • minimum overall GPA of 3.2
  • minimum GPA in German of 3.5
  • completion of at least one German course at the 300 level

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Eta Kappa Nu

Discipline: Computer/Electrical Engineering
Advisor/Officer: James C. Daly
Address: 4 East Alumni Ave. (Kelley Hall)
Phone: (401) 874-5844
Email: daly@ele.uri.edu
Chapter Information: http://egr.uri.edu/student-groups/
National Website: http://www.hkn.org/

  • Top quarter of the Junior class
  • Top third of the Senior class (this will include additional members who were not invited as juniors, as well as those who were invited as juniors but did not accept membership at that time)

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Gamma Kappa Alpha

Discipline: Italian
Address: Languages, Swan Hall, Room 127
Phone: (401)

  • Senior or junior standing
  • At least a “B” average in Italian
  • Rank in upper 35% of their class
  • Completed three or more Italian courses

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Golden Key Honour Society

Discipline: All Disciplines
Advisor/Officer: Dr. Donald Cunnigen & Dr. Shanette Harris
Chapter President 2012-2013: Alexander Kowalski (alexkowalski@my.uri.edu)
Address: Department of Sociology
Phone: (401) 874-4302
Email: cunnigen@mail.uri.edu
National Website: http://www.goldenkey.org/

  • Golden Key invites students with a minimum GPA of 3.40 or top 15% of their class for membership into Golden Key.
  • Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students are eligible for membership.
  • A one time fee of $70 is required for undergraduates.
  • A one time fee of $80 is required for graduate students.
  • Members must purchase their own pins and graduation cords from the Golden
    Key web site.

Note: The New Member Recognition Program is held in February. The Graduation Pin and Cord Ceremony is held the Friday morning preceding the graduation ceremony in May.

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Iota Iota Iota

Discipline: Women’s Studies
Advisor/Officer: Jody Lisberger
Address: 315 Eleanor Roosevelt Hall
Phone: (401)874-5150, (401) 874-5547
Email: wmsdir@etal.uri.edu
Chapter Website: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/honors.html

  • Eligible members are any student who has taken 6 credits or more of Women’s Studies (WMS) courses
  • WMS GPA of 3.5 in at least 6 credits of WMS courses
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or better

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Kappa Delta Pi

Discipline: Education (or education-affiliated majors: Human Dev., Therapy, etc.)
Advisor/Officer: Dr. Susan L. Trostle Brand (since 1992); counselor and National President
Chapter Officer: Kristen Orabone, President
Chapter Officer: Brooke Simandl, Co-President
Address: 702 Chafee Building, Education Dept., URI
Phone: (401) 874-2426
Email: susant@uriacc.uri.edu
National Website: http://www.kdp.org

  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or better
  • Minimum of 10 credits for graduates and undergraduates in semester current (or prior to current semester)
  • Sophmore status and/or minimum of 40 credits
  • Seeking degree in education or education-related field
  • Recommendation/endorsement from 2 URI faculty members
  • Attendance at Initiation in Spring or Fallrequired for membership
  • Annual $62 membership fee

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Kappa Omicron Nu

Discipline: Home Economics
Address: Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design
Phone: (401) 874-4574
National Website: http://www.kon.org/

  • Undergraduate Student:
    • Have declared a major in family and consumer sciences or one of the specializations in the human sciences
    • Have completed 45 semester hours or equivalent
    • Rank in the top 25% of their class in the unit
  • Graduate Student:
    • Be enrolled in a graduate program in family and consumer sciences or one of the specializations in the human sciences
    • Have completed 12 semester hours of graduate work or equivalent
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

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Lambda Alpha

Discipline: Anthropology

Advisor: Dr. C. B. Peters
Address: Department of Sociology & Anthropology, 507 Chafee Bldg
Phone: (401) 874 – 2587
Email: cbp@uri.edu
Chapter Website: Coming soon
National Website: http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/anthropology/lambdaalpha.aspx

  • Junior or senior standing
  • Must be an officially declared undergraduate Anthropology major
  • Must have completed at least 12 hours of Anthropology courses to be eligible
  • 3.0 overall GPA, 3.3 Anthropology course GPA

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Lambda Pi Eta

Discipline: Communications Studies
Address: Communication Studies, Davis Hall
National Website: http://www.natcom.org/lambdapieta/

  • Paying $48.00 for membership fees (mandatory) and any of the following:
    -Attending 50% of the meetings.
    -Participating in the preparation of the Career Forums.
    -Holding office hours to serve as mentors and offering help for students.

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Lambda Tau

Discipline: Medical Laboratory Science
Advisor/Officer: Gregory Paquete. Ph.D., CLS (since ’82)
Address: Dept. of Cell and Molecular Biology / CBLS 369 / 120 Flagg Road
Phone: (401) 874-2315
Email: gregcls@uri.edu

  • Must have at least sophomore standing
  • GPA of 3.12 or better

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National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Discipline: All
National Website: http://www.nscs.org/

  • $75 membership fee
  • GPA of 3.4 or better
  • First- and second-year students
  • Top 20th percentile

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Omicron Delta Epsilon

Discipline: Economics
Advisor/Officer: Arthur C. Mead
Address: 804 Chafee Building
Phone: (401) 874-4123
Email: acmead@uri.edu
National Website: http://www.omicrondeltaepsilon.org/

  • “B” average or better in 12 credits of Economics
  • Overall “B” average or better

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Omicron Delta Kappa

Discipline: Leadership
Advisor/Officer: Robert Vincent
Address: 210 Memorial Union
Phone: (401) 874-9013
Email: rvincent@uri.edu
Chapter Website: http://www.mu.uri.edu/leadership/odk.html
National Website: http://www.odk.org/

  • Must rank in top 35% of school or college
  • Must show leadership in one of the following areas: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social, religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech, and the mass media; and creative and performing arts

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Discipline: African-American Scholarship
Advisor/Officer: Dr. Donald Cunnigen & Dean Earl Smith
Address: Department of Sociology
Phone: (401) 874-4302
Email: cunnigen@mail.uri.edu

  • General honor society for academically accomplished Black Senior students
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • African -American students who have an outstanding GPA across disciplines

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Phi Alpha Theta

Discipline: History
Advisor/Officer: Joel Cohen
Address: Washburn 122
Phone: (401) 874-5077
Email: jacohen@uri.edu
National Website: http://www.phialphatheta.org/

  • Must have an overall GPA of 3.0
  • Must have a 3.1 or better in History
  • Must have 12 credit hours (4 courses) in History
  • Must rank in top 35% of school or college
  • Must show leadership in one of the following areas: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social, religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech, and the mass media; and creative and performing arts

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Phi Beta Kappa

Discipline: Liberal Arts
Advisor/Officer: Prof. Prof. Laura Meyerson, phone ,
Address: Department of Natural Resources Science
Phone: (401) 874-7058
Email: laura_meyerson@uri.edu
National Website: http://www.pbk.org

  • Earn exemplary grades in liberal studies comprising 3/4 of your total program (for example, for seniors 90 credits of liberal studies out of 120 credits; for juniors 68 liberal studies credits out of 90).
  • While any major in any college may be eligible, 3/4 of your credits must be in liberal studies
  • Complete mathematics through at least the MTH 111 level
  • Complete foreign language requirements with a language through the 104 (302) level for B.A. students; through 102 for B.S., BFA, and Bachelor of Music students (see Univ. lang. requirements in the URI Catalog); OR approved study abroad in a non-English speaking country with the non-English language as a focus of your studies.
    a) No culture cluster options are permitted.
    b) No waivers are permitted.
  • Earn a minimum of 45 GRADED credits at URI if you are a transfer student. While grades are not transferable toward your GPA, credits in liberal studies courses ARE transferable toward Phi Beta Kappa eligibility.

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Phi Eta Sigma

Discipline: Freshmen
Advisor/Officer: John Rooney
Address: 131 Roosevelt Hall
Phone: (401) 874-5927
Email: newram@etal.uri.edu
National Website: http://www.phietasigma.org

  • Cum GPA of at least 3.5 at the close of any curricular period during their first semester provided the students have carried a normal academic load acceptable toward a bachelor’s degree

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Phi Kappa Phi

Discipline: All Disciplines
Advisor/Officer: Professor Barbara Newman
Address: Human Development and Family Studies, Transition Center
Phone: (401) 874-7135
Email: bnewman@mail.uri.edu
National Website: http://www.phikappaphi.org

  • The top 10% of seniors and the top 7.5% of juniors (all majors) are invited to join PKP each year.
  • In addition, deans and dept. chairs are invited to nominate worthy graduate students, faculty, and staff for induction each year.

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Phi Lambda Sigma

Discipline: Pharmacy
Advisor/Officer: Faculty Advisor Dr. Celia MacDonnell, President Nadia Archambault
Address: Fogarty Hall
Phone: 874-9290
Email: cmac@uri.edu, narchambault28@hotmail.com
Chapter Website: http://web.uri.edu/pharmacy/2005/08/13/phi-lambda-sigma-pls-pharmacy-leadership-society/
National Website: http://www.philambdasigma.org

  • Membership is by peer recognition
  • Applicants must have attained a GPA of 2.5
  • Be an active member of ASP
  • Be in at least their 1st professional year

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Phi Sigma Iota

Discipline: Languages
Advisor/Officer: Megan Echevarria, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Address: Swan Hall 137
Phone: (401) 874-4698
Email: m_echevarria@uri.edu
National Website: http://www.phisigmaiota.org

  • Currently taking college or university courses in any of the fields: Foreign Languages (including classics and ESL), Comparative Literature, Foreign Language Education, Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition at an upper-level (i.e., 3rd or 4th year or post graduate)
  • Planning a major or minor in any of these fields
  • Overall GPA of 3.0
  • Rank in the upper 35% of their class
  • Completed at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of college-level coursework.

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Pi Delta Phi

Discipline: French
Advisor/Officer: Lars Erickson
Address: Department of Languages, Swan Hall
Phone: (401) 874-4700
Email: Lars@uri.edu
Website: http://www.pideltaphi.org

  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 in French
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • At least one 300-level French course
  • Sophmore standing

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Pi Kappa Lambda

Discipline: Music
Advisor/Officer & President: Dr. James Ladewig (since ’88)
Address: Fine Arts Center, Music Dept., Room 201E
Phone: (401) 874-2795
Email: musichistory@uri.edu
National Website: http://pikappalambda.org

  • Graduate students: two-thirds of grade credits must be at A or A- level
  • Seniors: ranked by GPA, the top 20% of graduating class
  • Juniors: ranked by GPA, the top 10% of junior class
  • Excellence in musicianship as judged by a faculty committee of members of Pi Kappa Lambda

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Pi Mu Epsilon

Discipline: Mathematics
Advisor/Officer: James Baglama
Address: Tyler Hall (Department of Mathematics)
Phone: (401) 874-4412
Email: jbaglama@math.uri.edu
Chapter Website: http://www.math.uri.edu/~jbaglama/pme/
National Website: http://www.pme-math.org/

  • Any student who has at least two years of mathematics (6 or more courses) including calculus
  • At least a B average in the math courses
  • An overall 3.0 GPA
  • Sophomores:
    • Majoring or intend to major in mathematics
    • Have completed at least three semesters of mathematics including one semester of calculus,
    • Achieved a straight A record in all mathematics courses taken
    • An overall 3.0 GPA
  • Graduate students whose mathematical work is at least equivalent to that require of qualified undergraduates.

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Pi Sigma Alpha

Discipline: Political Science
Advisor/Officer: Assistant Professor Marc Hutchison
Address: Department of Political Science, 223 Washburn Hall
Phone: (401) 874-4054
Email: mlhutch@mail.uri.edu
Website: http://www.pisigmaalpha.org

  • Must have completed at least 15 graded credits in Political Science
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 in Political Science
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

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Pi Tau Sigma

Discipline: Mechanical Engineering
Advisor/Officer: Dr. Keunhan (Kay) Park
Address: 131C Kirk Hall
Phone: (401) 874-5184
Email: kpark@egr.uri.edu
Chapter Website: http://www.pitausigma.net/Chapters/Rhode-Island-Sigma-Phi.cfm
National Website: http://www.pitausigma.net/

  • Open to Mechanical Engineering undergraduates only
  • Must be in the top 25% of the junor or top 35% of the senior mechanical engineering class

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Psi Chi

Discipline: Psychology
Advisor/Officer: Dr. Su Boatright
Address: Dept of Psychology / Psi Chi, 414 Chafee Bldg, 10 Chafee Rd
Phone: (401) 874-2193
Email: UGPsych@aol.com
Chapter Website: http://web.uri.edu/psychology/psychology-club-and-psi-chi/
National Website: http://www.psichi.org

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A psychology GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed the following coursework:
    • Statistics (Psy300) & Research Methods ; (Psy301, or current enrollment
  • Filled application (including statement of interest)
  • Two-thirds approval by chapter members

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Rho Chi

Discipline: Pharmacy
Advisor/Officer: Dr. Kristina E. Ward
Address: 144 Fogarty Hall
Phone: (401) 874-7484
Email: kward@uri.edu
Chapter Website: http://web.uri.edu/pharmacy/2004/08/13/rho-chi-pharmacy-honor-society/
National Website: http://www.rhochi.org/

  • Completion of 6 semesters toward a professional degree in pharmacy
  • 3.00 QPA in both overall university and pharmacy coursework
  • Must be in the top 20% of the class.

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Sigma Delta Pi

Discipline: Spanish
Advisor/Officer: Prof. Mario F. Trubiano
Address: Swan Hall
Phone: (401) 874-4717
National Website: http://www.sigmadeltapi.org/

  • Enrolled in a Spanish culture or literature course at 300 level or above
  • Minimum of 3.0 overall GPA
  • Must have “B” or higher in all Spanish courses
  • Initiation fee of $35.00
  • For the initiation ceremony, each candidate will prepare a brief talk in Spanish selecting a favorite passage in literature, reading it, and indicating why it was chosen.

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Sigma Iota Epsilon

Discipline: Management
National Website: http://www.sienational.com/

  • Undergraduate students: at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Completed at least one year or 30 semester hours
  • Completed a minimum of one management course with a grade of “B” or better
  • Stated their interest in continuing in the management or related curriculum by taking at least one more management course

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Sigma Lambda Alpha

Discipline: Landscape Architecture
Advisor/Officer: Professor Angelo E. Simeoni, Jr
Address: Landscape Architecture, 210 Rodman Hall, 94 West Alumni Ave
Phone: (401) 874-4549
Email: aes@uri.edu
National website: http://www.achsnatl.org/society.asp?society=sla

  • Undergraduate student members are selected from among those who have junior level status
  • Have a grade point average of 3.2 or above
  • Faculty and staff are nominated by peers

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Sigma Pi Sigma

Discipline: Physics
Advisor/Officer: Prof. David Heskett
Address: 108 East Hall
Phone: (401) 874-2076
Email: DHESKETT@URI.EDU, drhphy@uriacc.uri.edu
National Website: http://www.sigmapisigma.org/
Requirements: Physics students & physicists with sound academic and professional standing

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Sigma Theta Tau

Discipline: Nursing
Advisor/Officer: Wylie Dassie
Address: White Hall
Phone: (401) 874-5342
Website: http://www.nursingsociety.org/default.aspx

  • Junior or Senior standing
  • Completion of one-half of their nursing credits
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better; and rank in the top 35% of the class
  • Graduate students must have a GPA of 3.5 or better and completed 1/4 of their coursework

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Tau Beta Pi

Discipline: Engineering
Advisor/Officer: Richard Vaccaro, ELE; Mayrai Gindy, CVE; Bahram Nassersharif, MCISE; Walt Besio, ECBE
Chapter President: Sarah McKellick, 5/16/2011 – 5/15/2012, sarah_mckellick@my.uri.edu
Address: c/o Richard Vaccaro, Electrical Engineering Department, Kelley Annex A116
Phone: (401) 874-5816
Email: vaccaro@ele.uri.edu
National Website: www.tbp.org

  • Juniors: top 8th of class in College of Engineering
  • Seniors: top 5th of class in College of Engineering
  • Eligible students must complete two projects before being admitted
  • Exemplary character
    • Exemplary character is determined prior to election into Tau Beta Pi.

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