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Special Academic Opportunities

Student Fellowships and Scholarships

The Office of Student Fellowships and Scholarships coordinates information on external awards for undergraduate and graduate study and provides support to students wishing to apply for these prestigious awards. In the past five years Ursinus students have received numerous highly competitive national awards including Rhodes, Fulbright, Watson, Udall, Goldwater, and Kemper awards.

Academic Honor Societies

Phi Beta Kappa: Phi Beta Kappa is a national academic honor society founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., on Dec. 5, 1776. The stated purpose of Phi Beta Kappa is to “recognize and encourage scholarship, friendship, and cultural interests.” The Ursinus College chapter, Tau of Pennsylvania, was approved on October 19, 1991. Composed of faculty members holding Phi Beta Kappa keys, the chapter confers membership on the basis of “high scholarship, liberal culture, and good character.” Election to Phi Beta Kappa is considered the highest academic honor for undergraduate students.

Cub and Key Society: The Cub and Key Society was founded in 1939 at Ursinus College to recognize the male leaders of the campus who have distinguished themselves through high scholastic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, and service to the College community. Election to the society is limited to second-semester juniors.

Whitian Society: The Whitian Society was founded in 1939 at Ursinus College by Dr. Elizabeth B. White, professor of history and dean of women. The society recognizes the achievements of women who have distinguished themselves through outstanding academic performance, in addition to leadership and service to the College. Election to the society is limited to second-semester juniors.

Alpha Sigma Lambda: Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honorary society for continuing higher education students, was founded in 1945 at Northwestern University. The Ursinus College chapter, Gamma Omicron, was installed April 8, 1983. Election to the society is based on academic achievement and is limited to sophomore, junior and senior continuing education students.

Discipline-Based Honor Societies

These include: Alpha Psi Omega, national honorary dramatics fraternity; Beta Beta Beta, an honorary society for the biological sciences; Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society; Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in economics; Phi Epsilon Kappa, the national honor society in health and exercise physiology; Pi Gamma Mu, the International honor society for social sciences; Pi Nu Epsilon, the national honorary music fraternity; Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society; Phi Sigma Iota, the national foreign language honorary society; Pi Sigma Alpha, the national social science honor society; Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology; Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society; Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society; Sigma Xi, the national honorary fraternity for the recognition and encouragement of scientific research; and Theta Chi, the Ursinus chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communications honor society.