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Sigma Tau Delta

What is Sigma Tau Delta?

Faculty member Allison Joseph with booksSigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society, which was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. This acclaimed academic organization proudly boasts 880 chapters internationally with members in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. Approximately 9,000 members are inducted annually. Noted members include authors Edward Albee, Saul Bellow, Gwendolyn Brooks, Frank Herbert, and Suzan-Lori Parks. Featured speakers at recent conventions include Neil Gaiman, Azar Nafisi, Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, Natasha Trethewey, and Ursula Le Guin.

What are the benefits of joining?

Members of Sigma Tau Delta have the opportunity to be part of an academic student organization encouraging the study of English literature, composition, and creative writing at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Members have the opportunity to publish their academic writing in the organization’s academic journal, The Sigma Tau Delta Review, and creative writing in its literary publication, The Rectangle.

There has never been a better time to consider applying for over $100,000 in scholarships and awards! Annually, Sigma Tau Delta offers a variety of scholarships valued at up to $5,000 each.

Student members may receive international recognition through academic and writing scholarships, professional internships, and teaching awards. At regional conferences and the annual international convention, students may present original creative and analytical work and meet other like-minded students, faculty, and professionals from both the United States and other countries.

What does SIU Carbondale’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta do?

Group of students at first sigma tau delta meeting of semesterSIU Carbondale’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter, Rho Delta, hosts three presentations a semester. Each meeting features a beloved SIUC professor as a guest speaker. Speakers will discuss a special topic in their area of interest, share how they got interested in their academic field, and answer questions.

Meetings typically last 45 minutes and are open to both members and non-members. Come to learn something new and participate in an informal discussion outside the classroom. Members are encouraged to come to all meetings and show their appreciation to those faculty members who have volunteered their time and effort. Meeting times and dates for this academic year are listed below:

September 22, 2016: Allison Joseph Presentation

October 20, 2016: Mont Allen Presentation

October 22, 2016: Pop-in Pumpkin Party

October 24, 2016: Convention Submissions Deadline

November 17, 2016: Judy Jordan Presentation

December 8, 2016: Members-only Christmas Party

March 29-April 2, 2017: Annual Convention

What are the requirements?

Dr. Mont Allen leads a presentation in the SIU museum auditoriumSigma Tau Delta is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. All students wishing to join must be beyond freshman English writing courses; be interested in English; and a GPA of 3.0 or above.

The cost is $55 (one-time, lifetime membership). Note: $37 goes to the Sigma Tau Delta main headquarters and the remaining $18 goes to our local Rho Delta chapter, so we can fund future events and membership benefits.

What does a member receive in exchange for the fees?

For the $55 membership fee, a new member will receive a Sigma Tau Delta membership certificate, lapel pin, newsletter, and complimentary copies of the organization’s two journals, The Sigma Tau Delta Review (academic writing) and The Rectangle (creative writing). Members who come to at least one meeting a semester will also receive graduation cords recognizing their participation in the organization.

Whom do I contact for more information?

Brittney K. Winters, Chapter President. Office: Faner Hall 2226,

Professor Mary Bogumil, Faculty Advisor. Office: Faner Hall 2243,


Sigma Tau Delta national website

Membership Application Form