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Sigma Delta Pi

(National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)

Sigma Delta Pi, founded in 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley, is the only national honor society recognizing outstanding college and university students of Spanish. The Ohio University chapter, Phi Rho, was founded in 1986 and has inducted more than 450 members. Certification from the Association of College Honor Societies attests to Sigma Delta Pi’s legitimacy and renown, and more than 590 active chapters promote and reward the study of Spanish in US colleges and universities.

The society is affiliated with the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP); the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE); the Instituto Internacional Sampere in Spain and Ecuador; UNINTER of Cuernavaca, Mexico, the Academia Latinoamericana de Español in Ecuador; and the Instituto Franklin-Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Spain. The society awards various scholarships, prizes, and grants to members each year.

Ohio University’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi hosts events every semester. Members are required to attend three events per semester, organized by the Department of Modern Languages, Latin American Studies, or any other club or organization relating to Spanish language or culture.


How to Apply:

The next application will be available in the Spring semester 2020. There will also be a cords ceremony at the end of Fall 2019. 

Requirements for undergraduate students include the following:

  • Have completed  at least one of these courses: 3348, 3349, 3460, 3550
  • Have a 3.0 GPA in Spanish
  • Have a 3.2 overall GPA

 Requirements for graduate students include the following:

  • Completion of two graduate courses in Spanish at Ohio University
  • Have a 3.0 GPA

Direct questions to Dr. Betsy Partyka, Chapter Advisor  (partyka@ohio.edu)


Active Member Requirements

In order to be an active member, members are required to attend at least 3 SDP events each semester, in addition to the initiation and cords ceremonies. SDP meetings do not count as an event. Only active members can participate in the elections. However, you do not have to be “active” to be a member.


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Officers, 2019–20

Presidenta: Suzy Aftabizadeh, sa976115@ohio.edu

Vice Presidenta: Rory O’Malley, rm804516@ohio.edu

Secretaria: Carrie Summerford, cs297917@ohio.edu

Tesorera: Maggie Saine, ms970615@ohio.edu

Consejera: Dr. Betsy Partyka, partyka@ohio.edu


Additional Resources:  

National Sigma Delta Pi: http://www.sigmadeltapi.org 

Department of Modern Languages at Ohio University: http://modlang.ohio.edu/ 

Ohio University Spanish Club: http://modlang.ohio.edu/student-activities/clubs/spanish/

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