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At a Glance

Sigma Phi Omega

Sigma Phi Omega (SPO), the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology, was established in 1980 to recognize excellence among those who study gerontology and aging, and the outstanding service of professionals who work with or on behalf of older people. SPO seeks to promote scholarship, professionalism, friendship and services to older adults, and to recognize exemplary attainment in gerontology/aging studies and related fields.

Opportunities for Service, Education and Networking

The UIndy chapter of SPO, Delta Mu, is dedicated to serving the aging and to those interested in the pursuit of gerontology education. Our sponsorship of the annual Careers in Aging Week on the UIndy campus is designed to share information through a variety of fun and educational events about the multitude of career paths available to those who wish to work with older adults.

Each year Delta Mu hosts the SPO Induction & Awards Ceremony to welcome new members – gerontology students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, as well as university colleagues and professionals who give notable service in the field of aging. Student recipients of scholarships and graduate assistant positions with the Center for Aging & Community are also announced at the SPO event each year. The new SPO inductees have an enjoyable evening to network with established members at the induction ceremony and celebrate each other’s accomplishments.

In addition, each semester, the chapter takes on one service project that will improve the lives of older adults.

Student Officers

The positions for SPO student officers in Delta Mu Chapter include president and vice president. Student officer nominations are accepted year-round. To nominate or self-nominate for a student officer role, contact the Delta Mu Chapter Advisor (see below).

Membership Criteria                                      

Student membership is open to undergraduates with a GPA of 3.3 or higher and graduate students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher who are majoring or minoring in gerontology/aging studies and related fields. Students must be in at least their second term of enrollment in aging studies.

Faculty, alumni, professional, and honorary memberships are also available. For more information about Sigma Phi Omega and the Delta Mu Chapter at the University of Indianapolis, please contact the Delta Mu Chapter Advisor, Tamara Wolske by e-mail or phone, (317) 791-5930.

Membership Benefits

  • Honors: Induction into an honor society recognizes superior achievement, leadership, high professional standards and commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.
  • Students: Obtain career/education assistance from members in other chapters across the nation, opportunities to present at national conferences, be honored with student achievement awards, and receive mentoring by outstanding faculty and professionals.
  • Connections: Receive and contribute to SPO Newsletter, interact with academic and professional experts in the field of aging, and access the SPO membership directory and Facebook group.
  • Leadership: Develop leadership qualities, liaison and collaborate with other gerontologists.