Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, was founded in May 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan College in Mitchell, South Dakota, by Dr. Judson Q. Owen. Its 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.
The name Sigma Tau Delta comes from the Greek letters representing the first letter of each of the words that form the official motto, "Sincerity, Truth, and Design." The official colors of the society are cardinal and black; the official flower is the red rose. Through the work of chapters on the campuses of more than five hundred colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad, Sigma Tau Delta provides exceptional students opportunities for advancing the study of language and literature, for developing skills in creative and analytical writing, and for meeting other outstanding scholars and professionals in the discipline of English. At regional conferences and at the annual international convention, students have the chance to present original, creative, and analytical work and to network with students, faculty, and professionals from around the country and abroad.
The requirements of membership in the Florida Gulf Coast University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta are as follows:
Associate membership is available to currently enrolled students, undergraduate or graduate, who have the requisite academic background but who are not majoring or minoring in English. In addition, non-sponsoring faculty members with a degree in English may be associate members.
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-$2500 scholarships and awards. There are also internship and graduate assistantship opportunities available for members.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Totaro, firstname.lastname@example.org