Academic Honor Societies

Honor societies at Rice include the following:

Chi Epsilon

The Civil Engineering Honor Society. It serves to recognize students of high scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability. Students are inducted into the society once or twice annually and are selected from the pool of upper division level civil engineering students. (Rice chapter: 1995).

Delta Phi Alpha

To promote an interest in the German language and literature (Gamma Xi chapter at Rice: April 1949).

Eta Kappa Nu

Founded in 1904 at the University of Illinois for electrical engineering students to stimulate and reward scholarship as well as assist and encourage its members to grow professionally throughout their lives (Rice chapter: January 1981).

Omicron Delta Epsilon

To promote study in economics (Rice chapter: 1981).

Phi Beta Kappa

Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary to recognize intellectual achievement and the love of learning among students in the liberal arts and sciences (Rice chapter: March 1, 1929).

Phi Lambda Upsilon

National honorary chemical society promoting high scholarship and original investigation in all branches of pure and applied chemistry (Rice chapter: 1926).

Pi Delta Phi

Organized to interest French students in competing for high standing in scholarship (Theta chapter at Rice: May 1930).

Pi Sigma Alpha 

The National Political Science Honor Society. It aims to provide networking opportunities for political science students and to promote campus interest in political science (Rice chapter: 2008).

Psi Chi

Founded in 1929 at Yale University to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship and to advance the science of psychology (Rice chapter: April 23, 1990).

Sigma Delta Pi

To promote an interest in the Spanish language and literature (Rice chapter May 14, 1953).

Sigma Xi

For the promotion of research in science (Beta of Texas chapter at Rice: March 23, 1938).

Tau Beta Pi Association

Organized to interest engineering students in competing for high standing in scholarship (Gamma of Texas chapter at Rice: December 18, 1940).

Tau Sigma Delta

National honor society in architecture and applied arts (Tau chapter at Rice: May 7, 1961).

For more information on these honor societies, please visit the Rice Club Listings page or the department associated with the Honor Society.