Among them is being inducted into one of Eckerd’s prestigious honors organizations. Ford Scholars are given the opportunity to prepare themselves for a career in college or university teaching, undergraduates may also be elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa or may be recognized for their scientific aptitude and selected as a member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
Phi Beta Kappa
Eckerd is among only 8% of American colleges and universities that have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society.
2017 Phi Beta Kappa inductees
Phi Beta Kappa
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is this nation’s oldest and best known society for recognition of academic excellence and scholarly achievement.
Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is an honor typically conferred upon fewer than ten percent of each graduating class. Students do not apply for membership but are selected during the spring semester each year by the Phi Beta Kappa chapter as a whole, after a careful review of the academic records of each eligible candidate. Members are generally elected in their senior year, but the chapter may elect deserving juniors as well.
Election is based upon the evidence of broad cultural interests, scholarly achievement, and good character. Candidates for membership should have a distinguished record of performance in liberal arts courses, exclusive of professional and vocational training, internships, and practica. They should demonstrate a broad exposure to the liberal arts — fine arts, humanities, languages, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences — as well as substantial work in areas outside their major.
Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is wholly within the discretion of the members of the local chapter, subject only to the limitations imposed by the chapter constitution and bylaws. There is no right to election solely by reason of fulfillment of a minimum grade point average. Although the honor bestowed by membership in the Society recognizes academic achievement, the qualifications for election to Phi Beta Kappa are entirely independent of the academic policies of Eckerd College, and it should not be assumed that fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with high honors renders one automatically eligible for election to Phi Beta Kappa.
Some Specific Minimal Criteria for Selection
- Senior standing (except in rare cases).
- The completion of at least three semesters at Eckerd and being registered for a fourth.
- 24 of 32 semester-length classes must be in liberal work. Liberal work is defined as courses in traditional liberal arts subjects (humanities, fine arts, languages, sciences, social sciences), excluding courses in vocation-oriented areas such as management and international business. In addition, courses that focus on the acquisition of specific skills and techniques do not count as liberal work. Examples of such courses are studio art and music classes, composition classes, applied speech and communication classes, and internships.
- Majoring in a liberal arts discipline (for example, something other than international business, management, or information systems).
- At least a 3.75 grade point average in liberal arts classes, excluding courses in “applied or professional work”—that is, courses in vocation-oriented areas such as management and international business, or courses that focus on the acquisition of specific skills and techniques. (See #3 above)
- The demonstration of knowledge of a foreign language equivalent to completion of the intermediate college level (that is, two years). This requirement may be met by a proficiency test.
- The demonstration of knowledge of mathematics at least minimally appropriate for liberal education. The mathematics requirement may be fulfilled by completing any mathematics, statistics, or formal logic course that satisfies the computational requirement at Eckerd College.
- Dr. Lloyd W. Chapin,
- Dr. Julienne H. Empric,
- Dr. April Schwarzmueller,
- Dr. Marjorie D. Sanfilippo,
- Constantina Rhodes Bailly
- Victoria J. Baker
- Lloyd W. Chapin
- Margaret N. Cooley
- Anne J. Cox
- Mark H. Davis
- Mark B. Fishman
- James R. Goetsch, Jr.
- Catherine M. Griggs
- Jennifer A. Hall
- Richard R. Hallin
- Marjorie S. Hardy
- William F. McKee
- Anne Austin Murphy
- William H. Parsons
- Peter A. Pav
- John E. Reynolds III
- April E. Schwarzmueller
- Edward I. Stevens
- Laura Reiser Wetzel
- William C. Wilbur
- Jewel Spears Brooker
- Miles C. Collier
- Donald R. Eastman III
- Peter Meinke
- Susan Russ Walker ’77
- Jewel Spears Brooker
- Miles C. Collier
- Donald R. Eastman III
- Peter Meinke
- Susan Russ Walker ’77
WHEREAS, the liberal principles of our Society should not be confined to any particular place, person or description of persons, but should be extended to the wise and virtuous of whatever community;
WHEREAS, we, the members of PΒΚ as a body dedicated from its very founding in the historic year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six at the College of William and Mary in Virginia to the ideal of excellence in scholarship in the liberal arts and sciences, are willing and desirous to propagate the Society in praiseworthy institutions of higher learning; and
WHEREAS, we are satisfied that you are inspired by an unquenchable desire that your institution be added to the notable company which enjoy the recognition of PΒΚ, and we have carefully determined that your institution is possessed of the character and standing which make it particularly worthy of admittance into this association and friendship;
Therefore, by virtue of resolution duly adopted by our representatives in the fortieth triennial Council of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, we have decreed the establishment at this time of a chapter of PΒΚ in EckerdCollege in the State of Florida, to be known as the Zeta of Florida.
FURTHERMORE, we have commanded that there issue under the seal of the Society and the hands of the President and the Secretary this Charter in the name of PΒΚ.
Accordingly, you and such others as you may hereafter elect and associate with yourselves in conformity to the law of PΒΚ, and your and their successors so elected and associated are hereby incorporated and established as a separate and coordinate branch of the Society and are hereby granted all the powers, privileges, and benefits thereunto appertaining, in as full and ample measure as the members of the existing chapters enjoy: there being at the same time enjoined upon and required of you, in the organization and conduct of the chapter and as conditions upon which this Charter is granted, strict compliance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, with the acts of the Council and the Senate, and with the Chapter Constitution herewith transmitted to you; and likewise a devoted effort always to protect the name and the key of PΒΚ from imitation and indignities and faithfully to promote the purposes of the Society.
In Testimony Whereof, the President and the Secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society have hereunto set their hands and caused to be affixed its seal this twenty-seventh day of February, anno Domini two thousand and four.
Alpha Kappa Delta
Founded in 1920, Alpha Kappa Delta is an international sociology honor society with more than 80,000 members and over 490 chapters United States, Canada, China, Finland, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Singapore, and has inducted.
Lambda Alpha is the national honors organization for anthropology. Eckerd’s chapter of Lambda Alpha is Zeta of Florida. The honor society encourages scholarship and research in anthropology by recognizing and superior achievement in the discipline among students and faculty.
Omicron Delta Epsilon
Omicron Delta Epsilon is one of the world’s largest academic honor societies, recognizing scholastic attainment and honoring of outstanding achievements in economics. Currently, Omicron Delta Epsilon has 652 chapters located in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Egypt, France, and United Arab Emirates.
Omicron Delta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded in 1914 and recognizes leadership of exceptional quality and versatility, service in extracurricular activities and encourages development of general campus citizenship.
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for history. The organization encourages the study of history, and recognizes excellence in the field among students and faculty. The society also encourages the exchange of ideas among historians.
Pi Mu Epsilon
Pi Mu Epsilon is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding.
Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and is designated as a “Specialized, Upper-Division” society by ACHS.
Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.
Sigma Delta Pi
Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was established in 1919 and honors those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and culture as well as encouraging a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture.
Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society is a non-profit membership society of more than 70,000 scientists and engineers who were elected to the Society because of their research achievements or potential.
Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society is a non-profit membership society of more than 70,000 scientists and engineers who were elected to the Society because of their research achievements or potential. Today, it is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are nearly 65,000 Sigma Xi members in more than 100 countries around the world. Sigma Xi has more than 500 chapters at universities and colleges, government laboratories and industry research centers. In addition to publishing American Scientist, Sigma Xi awards grants annually to promising young researchers, holds forums on critical issues at the intersection of science and society and sponsors a variety of programs supporting honor in science and engineering, science education, science policy and the public understanding of science.
Pledge of the Society
“Do you hereby pledge yourself, in accordance with the purposes and objectives of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, to encourage original investigation in science, to foster companionship and cooperation among scientists, to maintain honor, integrity and honesty in all scientific activities, and to assume the other continuing responsibilities of membership”?
Through Sigma Xi chapters, members enjoy opportunities to network with research colleagues and contribute to programs that impact local communities and institutions.
Grants-in-Aid Research Program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Certain funds are restricted for use by individuals who are nominated by Sigma Xi members or who are members themselves.
Subscription to American Scientist, award winning and illustrated, since 1913 it has been dedicated to communicating research developments across disciplinary lines.
Subscription to Sigma Xi Today, the society newsletter.
Chapter newsletter and website that keeps you updated on all of our events, including our evening seminars, social gatherings, and annual banquet.
At least once a year, our chapter hosts a scientist of national recognition who presents his/her research.
Discounts on subscriptions to Nature and Annual Reviews, as well as a 10 percent discount on all Sigma Xi publications and merchandise.
Many members have observed that the most valuable benefits of Sigma Xi are the intangibles, especially the support of Sigma Xi programs that address ethics, education, public understanding of science, and the health of the research enterprise.
How Do You Become a Member of Sigma Xi?
Membership is by nomination. Nominations must be made and seconded by currently active FULL members of Sigma Xi. Research aptitude must be evidenced by independent investigation, which will lead to publication or peer-acceptance of the work. If you are member and have someone to nominate, please let one of the chapter officers know and we’ll initiate the required paperwork.
Please note that membership in the Society is not linked to the possession of any degree or contingent upon belonging to some other organization.
There are two types of membership:
Graduate students, post-docs, research associates, faculty or any individual who has shown noteworthy achievement as an original investigator in a field of pure or applied science are qualified for nomination for Full Membership. This noteworthy achievement must be evidenced by publication as a first author on two articles published in a refereed journal, patents, written reports or a thesis or dissertation. Only Full Members may nominate other candidates to the Society or vote in the annual Assembly of Delegates. In addition, only Full Members are eligible to serve on Sigma Xi committees or take office on the Board of Directors.
Undergraduates or individuals who have, through initial research achievement in a field of pure or applied science, demonstrated aptitude for research, may be nominated for Associate Membership. An individual who has conducted independent investigation and written a report concerning their research is eligible for election to Associate Membership. The individual is expected to later achieve the requirements for Full Membership. Nominators are attesting to the nominee’s potential to be promoted to Full Membership in the future. Associate Membership is offered to encourage young investigators with promise to continue careers in research.
An Associate Member may be promoted to Full Membership once they have published as primary author or demonstrated other noteworthy achievements in research. Please see the Full Membership qualifications above. Only Full Members may nominate other candidates to the Society or vote in the annual Assembly of Delegates. In addition, only Full Members are eligible to serve on Sigma Xi committees or take office on the Board of Directors.
Neither Sigma Xi, nor any chapter of Sigma Xi, shall discriminate against candidates for election to membership on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.
Local Organizations & Resources
- Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium
- Florida Wildlife Research Institute, Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, St. Petersburg, FL
- The Florida Aquarium, Tampa, FL
- Florida Institute of Oceanography
- Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
- Pinellas County Dept. of Environmental Management, Environmental Lands
- Pinellas County Environmental Fund
- Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program
- Tampa Bay Estuary Program
- University of South Florida, Marine Science Program, St. Petersburg, FL
Museums & Research Institutions
- American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois
- Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission
- Florida Museum of Natural History
- Florida SeaGrant
- GulfCoast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
- Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Ft. Pierce, FL
- Jet Propulsion Labs in California
- National Science Foundation
- Smithsonian Institution
- Smithsonian Marine Station, Ft. Pierce, FL
- U.S. Geological Survey
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- American Anthropological Association
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- American Astronomical Society
- American Chemical Society
- American Fisheries Society
- American Geophysical Union
- American Mathematical Society
- American Physical Society
- American Psychological Association
- American Psychological Society
- American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
- American Society of Parasitologists
- Ecological Society of America
- Estuarine Research Federation
- Florida Academy of Scientists
- Geological Society of America
- National Academy of Sciences
- Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
- Southeastern Estuarine Research Society
Treasurer & Secretary
Associate Professor of Marine Science & Biology
If you would like to contribute a modest amount of your time to bringing the wonder of science to the public and campus community, you can become more active in Sigma Xi. We are always looking for new officers and committee chairs. The new term of office begins July 1st of every year. It’s never too early to let us know of your interest. Contact one of the current officers to express your interest in helping out, even if you don’t know any of them. We are friendly and looking for new faces and ideas.
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
P.O. Box 13975
3106 East NC Highway 54
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: 800-243-6534 or 919-549-4691