A member of the
Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma
Tau Deltais 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.
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.
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.
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
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 one of their two courses. The candidate must have a minimum of a 3.0 overall GPA
and have earned no grade lower than a B in all upper division English courses.
Eligible candidates may not have any outstanding incompletes on their transcripts.
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 have no incompletes
on their transcripts. Watch The Longest Island for announcements of
upcoming chapter events, including the next member induction ceremony.