The University of Tennessee Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta was chartered on June 4, 1964. Our membership includes undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni of The Herbert College of Agriculture and The College of Veterinary Medicine.

About Us


What is GSD?

Gamma Sigma Delta is an international honor society dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments of students, faculty, staff, alumnus or industry supporter. Nomination to the society is more than an honor; it is a challenge and an obligation to contribute to the understanding andadvancement of agriculture and related sciences, including natural resources, human ecology and veterinary medicine. Our chapter promotes and recognizes achievements of individuals who excel. Membership in Gamma Sigma Delta is an indicator of exceptional academic and/or professional performance.

Local Chapter Role

The strength of Gamma Sigma Delta is in its 52 local chapters. Chapters operate under the International Constitution and By-laws but otherwise maintain complete choice of and control over their activities. The local chapter´s activities center on recognizing superior achievements through awards and invitations to membership. While all chapters agree on objectives, individual chapter differences occur on how objectives are attained.


In recognition of my duties and responsibilities as a member of The Honor Society of Agriculture, GAMMA SIGMA DELTA,

I pledge myself To use my abilities, in maintaining the esteem, upholding the honor, and advancing agriculture, related sciences and technology.

I recognize that my adherence to the highest ethical and moral standards is essential to our food and agricultural industry, and to society.



keyEmblem of the Society is a key or a pin bearing the words "Honor Society of agriculture" in small Roman letters and the Greek letters.

Gaea (Ge-a)was acknowledged by theGamma Greeks as the Goddess of Earth, the original mother of all, the all-producing and all-nourishing mother. Syndesmos

(Syn-des-mos) was the Greek word forSigma "bind or band together," hence symbolic of strength, of unity of purpose and interest.

Demeter (De-me-ter) was the GrecianDelta Goddess of Agriculture, of fruitfulness and of rural life. She presided over every operation of the practice of farming and was therefore the essence of life to a pastoral people.


"The binding together of earth, the mother of all, and the practice of agriculture, and the arts
relating thereto for the welfare of humankind."

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