GSD

Organized with 70 charter members, the University of Tennessee Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta was chartered on June 4, 1964.
Its membership includes undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the College of Agricultural Sciences and
Natural Resources (CASNR) and the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).

Membership

 

Why Join?

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 and advancement 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. Additional benefits include:

  • Receiving recognition of your achievements at the local and international level
  • Participating in and contribute to chapter activities
  • Making and sharing professional contacts as well as benefit from life-long international membership

Who is Invited to Join?

Election to membership is conducted by the local chapter in accordance with the international and local chapter by-laws. University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture students (juniors, seniors and first through fourth-year), faculty, professional staff and alumni, as well as outstanding individuals in agriculture and related sciences who meet specific criteria are eligible for membership.

Invitations to join are issued to eligible students prior to the Fall Awards and Initiation Banquet or the Spring Initiation and Awards Reception. Nominations for new faculty and staff members should be submitted to the chapter secretary prior to the fall or winter business meetings.

What are the Eligibility and Nomination Requirements?

Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) No more than 15% of the senior class can be members; (1). Juniors (at least 60 semester hours completed) or seniors (at least 90 semester hours completed) who have been in residence at least one academic year before election and have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better for all university work (out of a possible 4.0); (2). Rank in the upper 5% of the junior class if juniors or in the upper 15% of the senior class if seniors; (3). Have been nominated on the prescribed form and endorsed by two Gamma Sigma Delta members (at least one a faculty member) who regard the nominee as having personal qualities, including leadership ability, that give evidence of a successful career in agriculture or associated sciences.

Veterinary Medicine Students
Students of the College of Veterinary Medicine who meet all of the following requirements: (1). Have been in residence in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Tennessee for at least one academic year; (2). Have completed two years of academic requirements with a 3.50 average or better in the College of Veterinary Medicine and be in the upper 15 percent of the respective class; and (3). Have been nominated on the prescribed form and endorsed by two Gamma Sigma Delta members (at least one a faculty member) who regard the nominee as having personal qualities, including leadership ability, that give evidence of making worthwhile contributions in this field.

Graduate Students
Students of the Graduate School who meet all of the following requirements: (1). Have completed at least 12 semester hours of the required graduate course work (excluding thesis or dissertation credits) and attained a 3.50 average or better for graduate credit at The University of Tennessee applicable to the advanced degree being sought; and (2). Have been nominated on the prescribed form and endorsed by two Gamma Sigma Delta members (at least one a faculty member) who regard the nominee as having personal qualities, including leadership ability, that give evidence of making worthwhile contributions in their field and as having demonstrated ability to conduct research and/or advanced study in agriculture or related sciences.

Faculty, Instructors, and Research Associates
Professional staff in the Institute of Agriculture who are engaged in administration, extension, research, or teaching, or in sciences related to agriculture, and have been nominated on the prescribed form and endorsed by two Gamma Sigma Delta members (at least one a faculty member) who regard the nominee as having personal qualities, including leadership ability, that give evidence of making worthwhile contributions in their field.

Alumni
Alumni of the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources or Veterinary Medicine of this institution, or graduates of other institutions that offer comparable degrees, and have rendered signal service to the cause of agriculture and related sciences.

Honorary
Honorary membership may be awarded to an individual not qualified for the above categories but who has furthered agriculture. Such membership is a prestigious award, limited to one such award per year.

 

Annual Dues


Local membership dues for the academic year are due by October 31.

     Faculty and Staff    $20.00
     Students                $15.00 

Make checks payable to Gamma Sigma Delta. Please send payments directly to:

William E. Hart
Chapter Treasurer
Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science
2506 E. J. Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4531

Check Membership Status

Need to verify membership status? Search for members or potential members in the International GSD membership database.

International Member Search

Membership Recognition

Celebrate your achievement on graduation day by wearing a Gamma Sigma Delta honor cord!

Honor Cord

 

 

 

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