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Sigma Tau Delta, Omicron Zeta Chapter

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A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta is composed of over 560 chapters throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean. Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon outstanding 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.

Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is by invitation, extended through a local chapter on behalf of the international organization. Students who meet the qualifications for membership must apply through the chapter on their campus. Once a student contacts the local chapter, the sponsor will check the qualifications and recommend that student for membership.

Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment. It provides opportunities for those interested in English language and literature to join with like-minded persons on the local, regional, national, and international levels and to participate in and present professional work at conferences and conventions at these levels. Members receive the Newsletter while they remain active in their local chapters. They also receive and have the opportunity to contribute to the award-winning literary publication, The Rectangle, and are eligible to compete for several $1,000-$2,500 scholarships and awards. There are also internship and graduate assistantship opportunities available for members.

In 1957, the Omicron Zeta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta was organized at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. The purpose of the chapter is to encourage advanced study in English literature and to honor outstanding students in the field by election to membership. All undergraduate and graduate students who meet the following requirements are eligible for membership in Sigma Tau Delta. Membership is by invitation so if you meet the following requirements, please submit your name to the faculty advisor, srividhya.swaminathan@liu.edu.

Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed a minimum of two upper division courses (meaning 100 level or above) in literature, rhetoric studies, or creative writing. Students in the Honors Program who have taken an upper division elective with an English faculty member may count that course as part of their two courses. The candidate must have a minimum of a 3.0 overall GPA and have earned nothing lower than a “B” in all upper division English courses. Eligible candidates may not have any outstanding incomplete courses (“I” grade) on their transcripts.

Candidates for graduate membership must be enrolled in a graduate program in English, or one of its specializations, have completed six credits of graduate work or the equivalent, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. To be eligible, graduate students must also clear any incomplete (“I” grade) courses on their transcripts.

Watch the English Department blog (The Longest Island) for announcements of upcoming chapter events, including the next member induction ceremony.

For more information, contact the faculty sponsor, srividhya.swaminathan@liu.edu.