Created in 1919 at the University of California Berkeley, Sigma Delta Pi is the largest foreign-language honor society in existence and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. In fall 2017, Sigma Delta Pi’s Indiana University Chapter Alpha Alpha Phi was installed, and new active members and honorary members inducted. Sigma Delta Pi offers undergraduate study abroad awards, graduate research grants, and other awards to outstanding students of Spanish nationwide.
Phi Lambda Beta
Phi Lambda Beta is the national honor society for students of Portuguese. Originally founded in the 1960s at the Vanderbilt University campus, Phi Lambda Beta is now under the auspices of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. It has over a dozen active chapters at universities throughout the United States. The society strives to stimulate greater interest in the advanced study of the Portuguese language and Luso-Afro-Brazilian cultures and literatures; reward outstanding achievement in the field; and strengthen ties between Portuguese college and university faculty members, their students, and the AATSP. It offers recognition to those students with high achievement in the area of advanced Luso-Afro-Brazilian Literature and Culture, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Indiana University’s chapter, Beta Phi, began in the fall of 2018. Chapter advisor, Professor Luciana Namorato, typically inducts neophytes at a special ceremony once a year, at the end of the Spring semester, when the honors and obligations of the society are conferred on a new group of members. Prior to induction, new inductees pay a one-time membership fee of $15.00.