ABOUT LAMBDA SIGMA
Founded as an honor society for sophomore women (CWENS) at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 1922, Lambda Sigma became a national organization when chapters were founded in 1925 at Miami University and the University of Missouri. The society became coed in 1976 with the implementation of Title IX. Lambda Sigma chapters can be found from Massachusetts to Texas and in a variety of states between.
Lambda Sigma has been a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) since 1981. ACHS is the nation's only certifying agency for college and university honor societies. Members must adhere to the standards for oganizational excellence established by ACHS in order to remain in good standing.
The official symbol of Lambda Sigma is a blue diamond with the Greek letters superimposed in gold. The letters lambda and sigma are emblematic of leadership and scholarship, which are the foundations of our society.
Active membership on any campus consists of not more than 50 students or 10 percent of the first year class, whichever is lower. Candidates for membership are those first year students who have placed in at least the top 35 percent of the class academically at the time of selection and who have shown evidence of leadership during their first year. The students who meet these qualifications are eligible for selection in the spring term following completion of at least one academic term. Members selected in the spring are active Lambda Sigmas during their second year.
Prior to initiation, each new member of Lambda Sigma pays an initiation fee which includes national dues and local chapter fees. National dues are $40, and cover the membership certificate, national publications during the active year of membership, and general operating and convention expenses. Membership pins may be ordered at the time of initiation for a nominal cost.
Each Lambda Sigma Chapter plans a unique program of activities designed to achieve the purposes of scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service.
Since the spirit of service is a strong bond between Lambda Sigma members, many chapter activities are service-oriented. Chapters may serve their campuses by assisting with freshman orientation, tutoring, serving as big brother/sisters, guiding campus tours, ushering at special events, sponsoring a college quiz bowl, or cleaning up the campus. Many chapters are also involved in community service through projects such as visiting homes for the elderly or handicapped, raising money for local and national charitable organizations, assisting with voter registration, or organizing blood drives.
Other activities include social events such as parties, dinners and dances, and chapter fundraisers which might include bowl-a-thons, auctions, dance-a-thons, or sales of buttons, flowers, t-shirts, used textbooks, birthday cakes, and even Christmas trees.
A national Presidents Leaadership Conference is held annually to bring Lambda Sigma presidents together to share ideas among chapters. Each chapter also conducts activities to inform, select, and initiate new members in accordance with the rituals established and approved by the National Board.
Each chapter is required to conduct one project annually in support of Lambda Sigma's major emphasis: children and at-risk youth..
Lambda Sigma offers a number of scholarships for outstanding current members who are completing undergraduate programs. Each chapter may nominate one candidate annually. Some local chapters also sponsor scholarships and other recognition awards to benefit their members and their institutions. Chapters needing more information on the scholarship program may contact the National Board member in charge of scholarships who is listed elsewhere on the web site.