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English Department Announces Sigma Tau Delta Fellowships


Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, is inviting applications. In order to qualify for membership a student must be a declared English major or minor, have completed or be currently enrolled in two courses in English at the 200-level or above, have a 3.0 GPA and a 3.2 GPA in the major, and pay a one-time $45 initiation fee, which includes dues for the national organization and local chapter. The organization is open to undergraduates and graduate students.

Thanks to a generous recent donation, the English Department can now announce that a limited number of Sigma Tau Delta Fellowships will be awarded to new members this spring. These fellowships will subsidize the $45 induction fee, giving students free membership in Sigma Tau Delta for the duration of their college careers. By providing this support, the donor wants to ensure that no one is excluded from membership due to financial hardship. All Sigma Tau Delta applicants are eligible for this funding. To apply for fellowship support, applicants should simply check the box on the application form available here. Students who have already submitted an application this semester can contact Pam Whaley (311 McClung Tower; 974-5401; and indicate that they wish to be considered for a fellowship as well.

The Alpha Epsilon Chi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at UTK aims to bring together students with an interest in writing, literature, and language in order to enhance their educational program. In the past Sigma Tau Delta has sponsored student-faculty mixers, social events, career panels, and group attendance at cultural events on campus and in the Knoxville area.

Sigma Tau Delta is composed of nearly 600 chapters located throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean; it is the third largest of the 66 members of the Association of College Honors Societies. In addition to sponsoring scholarships and awards, the national organization holds an annual convention. Students interested in learning more about the international honor society may do so at

Applications for membership are available in 311 McClung Tower (and attached here). The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, March 3, 2017. The induction ceremony will be held in April.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Anthony Welch, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at 974-5401 or

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