Association of College Honor Societies


Sigma Theta Tau


Admitted to ACHS: 1959

Founded at Indiana University, October 4, 1922

No of Active Chapters: 531

No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 3

Total Membership: 500000

Annual/current Membership: 135000

Number of Regions: 21

Publications: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Reflections on Nursing Leadership, Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Electronic Library: Knowledge, research, and information databases

PURPOSE: To recognize superior achievement; to recognize the development of leadership qualities; to foster high professional standards; to encourage creative work; to strengthen commitment on the part of individuals to the ideals and purposes of the profession.

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates for membership shall have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement and evidence of professional leadership potential. Undergraduate members are selected from junior and senior students in basic professional programs in nursing. Undergraduate membership is restricted to the upper 35% of a class. Nurses matriculated for graduate study and faculty members of the educational unit may also be selected. In addition, nurses who have received a baccalaureate or higher degree and have shown marked achievement in the field of nursing are eligible for election.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: The society awards research grants to nurses engaged in nursing research; publishes Journal of Nursing Scholarship and news magazine Reflections on Nursing Leadership four times a year and publishes books on nursing topics; administers the services of the Virginia Henderson International Electronic Library which includes the Registry of Nursing Research; holds biennial conventions; conducts research conferences; hosts Leadership Academy; offers online education and career advice; has established program of philanthropic opportunities; conducts global think tanks on issues germane to health and nursing care; supports global and regional awards program; develops multinational partnerships and coalitions; and has built the International Center for Nursing Scholarship. Local chapters fund grants, research and scholarships; initiate projects that contribute to their community; sponsor programs of significance to the profession; and participate in other campus activities.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer, 550 W. North St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tel: (317) 634-8171  Fax: (317) 634-8188

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 2/8/2012