Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Pi Chapter

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Pi Chapter: students wearing honor chords

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Pi Chapter has been awarded the Showcase of Regional Excellence 2017 for outstanding achievement for the Presidential Call to Action - Lifelong Learning.

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Established at UMSON in 1959, the Pi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing is one of the oldest and largest chapters in the world. Ethel Palmer Clarke, Class of 1906, is credited with being the "mother" of Sigma Theta Tau at UMSON.

The purpose of the Pi Chapter is to honor those who have achieved high academic success and support scholarship and research at all levels in the School.

At the Pi Chapter induction ceremony, inductees recite the Sigma Theta Tau pledge.

Sigma Theta Tau members are given these special cords that are also worn at graduation.

A just-inducted member of Pi Chapter with her membership certificate.

Families and friends are welcome to join the inductee in celebrating their induction.

Established at UMSON in 1959, Pi Chapter is one of the oldest and largest chapters in the world. 

About Sigma Theta Tau

Society Mission

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.  

Society Vision 

Sigma Theta Tau International's vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing.

History 

In 1922, six nurses founded the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words storgé, thárros, and timé, meaning "love," "courage," and "honor." STTI became incorporated in 1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International Inc., a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States.

Membership 

STTI membership is by invitation only to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship. Nurses who exhibit exceptional achievements in nursing can join via the Nurse Leadership option.

Additional facts about our membership:  

  • STTI has more than 135,000 active members.
  • Members reside in more than 85 countries.
  • 39 percent of active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees; 51 percent are in staff positions; 19 percent are administrators or supervisors; 18 percent are faculty/academics; and 12 percent are in advanced practice.
  • There are roughly 500 chapters at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon , Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
  • STTI communicates regularly with more than 100 nurse leaders who have expressed interest in establishing chapters globally, including those in Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Jamaica, Jordan, New Zealand, and Spain.  

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Join Pi Chapter

Sigma Theta Tau International's philosophy of membership eligibility is based upon the purposes of the Society. Membership is rewarded for achievement of the membership criteria of Sigma Theta Tau International. Awarding membership encourages, fosters, and actively supports further professional development, thus promoting nursing scholarship, leadership, creativity and commitment to nursing, fulfilling the purposes of the Honor Society. Members are inducted to encourage and recognize superior scholarship and/or leadership achievement in nursing. Membership is conferred solely on the basis of specified eligibility.

Undergraduate Students must:

  • have completed half of the nursing curriculum;
  • have at least a GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale);
  • rank in the upper 35 percentile of the graduating class; and
  • meet the expectation of academic integrity.

Registered Nurse Students must:

  • have completed 12 credit hours at current school;
  • have completed half of the nursing curriculum;
  • have at least a GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale);
  • rank in the upper 35 percentile of graduating class; and
  • meet the expectation of academic integrity.

Graduate Students (Master's and Doctorate) must:

  • have completed a quarter of the nursing curriculum;
  • have at least a GPA of 3.5 (based on a 4.0 grading scale); and
  • meet the expectation of academic integrity.

Nurse Leader Candidates must:

  • be legally recognized to practice nursing in his/her country;
  • have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field; and
  • demonstrate achievement in nursing.

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Grants and Scholarships

Each year, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Pi Chapter offers a number of research grants and scholarships to the members of the chapter. The intent of these grants and scholarships are to support the mission and vision of STTI by advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. 

Award

Dates

Eligibility

Amount

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STTI -Pi Chapter
Research Grant Award

Annual, due July 14*

Awarded August 15

any Pi Chapter member who is not currently a student $5,000 Guidelines and Application (Word)

STTI -Pi Chapter
Practice Grant Award

Annual, due July 1*

Awarded August 15

any Pi Chapter member who is not currently a student $5,000 Guidelines and Application (Word)

Dean Kirshling’s Interprofessional Collaboration Grant
Research and Translation into Practice Award

Annual, due July 1*

Awarded August 15

any Pi Chapter member who is not currently a student; Principal Investigators must be a PhD and DNP working in collaboration  $5,000 Guidelines and Application (Word)

STTI -Pi Chapter  
Doctoral Student Grant Award

Annual, due July 1*

Awarded August 15

any Pi Chapter member who is a doctoral student in a PhD, DNP, or other doctoral program $1,500 Guidelines and Application (Word)

STTI -Pi Chapter
Scholarly Presentation/
Travel Award

Four awards each fall and spring semester

Submit four weeks prior to event.

any Pi Chapter member, one presenting author for podium or poster accepted through peer-reviewed process (may not have received an award in the past three years)

The award recipient must acknowledge STTI Pi Chapter as part of their presentation and present at Pi Chapter's annual business meeting.

$400 per award
(max $3,200/year)

Guidelines and Application (Word)

STTI - Pi Chapter
BSN Scholarship Senior Practicum Poster Awards

Two awards (one at each UMSON location) during fall and spring semesters  UMSON students only; at least one co-author of the poster must be a chapter member or is being inducted that semester

$100 per award
(max $400/year)

 

*The following applies to ALL research and practice grant awards:   

  1. For investigators at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing (UMSON), you must complete the online form from the Office of Research.
  2. Award funding is contingent on receiving IRB or IACUC approval.
  3. Award recipients must present at STTI Pi Chapter’s annual business meeting (travel awards included). 

Pi Chapter Leadership

Executive Board
Charlotte Seckman, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN President 
Debra A. Scrandis, PhD, CRNP, BC Vice President
Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN Immediate Past President/Convention/Electronic Delegate 
Tamara L. Hill, DNP, MS, CPNP-AC Secretary
Linda Costa, PhD, RN, NEA-BC  Treasurer
Linda Diaconis, PhD, RN  Baltimore Counselor - Graduate
Nancy B. Lerner, DNP, RN, CDONA  Baltimore Counselor - Undergraduate
Denise Owens, MS, RN, CCRN  Universities at Shady Grove Counselor
Leadership Succession Committee
Holly Sowko  Chair
Sara Le Maitre (Broumel)  Member
Joan Phantong, BSN  Member
Governance Committee
Alison Loughran Chair
Katy Wheaton Member
Eileen Meier Member
Digital Committee
Kelly Doran, PhD, RN Member
Kristen Rawlett, PhD, FNP-BC Member
Research and Scholarship Committee
Dorna Hairston Chair
N. Jennifer Klinedinst, PhD, MPH, RN Member
Joan DiPietro  Member
Linda Keldsen Member
Kimether Redmon Volunteer
Additional Leadership
Claire Bode, DNP, MS, RN, CRNP-F Volunteer
Alicia Williams Volunteer
Cynthia Sweeny Convention/Electronic Delegate

Sigma Theta Tau Pi Chapter conducts electronic officer elections. To receive information about Pi Chapter and to participate in the leadership elections, please update your membership information, email, or renew your membership on the Sigma Theta Tau website.

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