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Gamma Sigma Epsilon - an honor society in Chemistry

Chemistry Honor Society

Gamma Sigma Epsilon(2) 

Truth, Knowledge, and Endeavor 

History of Gamma Sigma Epsilon: 

Louis P. Good and Manley A. Siske invited another younger chemistry student, Malcolm R. Doubles, to join forces with them to form a fraternity. In October 1919 these three, with the advice and cooperation of the chemistry faculty, began working on the details of the organization. Strong evidence, according to Prof. O. J. Thies, who as a charter member, seems to favor the December 1919 as the founding date. Gamma Sigma Epsilon s purpose was to unite those men with a high scholastic grade in chemistry, to foster a more comprehensive and cooperative study of that great branch of science and its immediately allied studies. In 1931 the "fraternity" went co-ed and became an "honor society." To maintain unity, the Constitution provided for assemblage of chapter delegates in biennial conventions.  Gamma Sigma Epsilon is now firmly established and regarded with high esteem. Gamma Sig now has over 40 active chapters and over 13,000 members since its inception.

The purpose of this organization shall be to recognize outstanding students demonstrating exceptional ability and interest in the field of chemistry. It aims to promote professionalism and scholarship in chemistry and the general welfare of its members.

Qualifications for membership: 

  • Active members of the chapter shall be composed of students who have completed a minimum of 12 credit-hours in chemistry with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all chemistry courses and at least a 3.0 overall grade point average.
  • Transfer students shall be eligible for membership after one semester at VMI in which they have taken one chemistry course providing they also meet the requirements for membership
  • Second-year students who are outstanding in chemistry and who will complete the requirements for membership by the end of that academic year may be nominated for membership.
  • A graduating senior whose academic record in chemistry is satisfactory for the preceding year, but whose overall scholastic average is slightly below that required for membership, may be elected to membership by special recommendation of the Chemistry Faculty and majority vote of the chapter members.
  • Outstanding alumni and faculty may be elected to membership as "Honorary Members".
  • A chemistry faculty member shall recommend candidates for membership.