Sigma Theta Tau International

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About the Mu Chapter

In 1955, The University of Connecticut School of Nursing chartered Mu Chapter, the 11th chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing. There are now over 400 chapters internationally, with 120,000 active members in 90 countries. Undergraduate and graduate students who meet requirements are invited to join.

Sigma Theta Tau International encourages scholarship and research in nursing. Local meetings are held during the year to encourage nurses to share their research with their colleagues. Mu chapter sends representatives to the annual regional, national and international conferences of Sigma Theta Tau International. In addition, outstanding research proposals are funded by monetary awards from the Mu Chapter and by Sigma Theta Tau International.

Congratulations!

The Connecticut Nurses’ Association (CNA) 2014 Diamond Jubilee and CNA Annual Awards recipients:

The Virginia A. Henderson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Research was awarded to Jacqueline McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN; Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and Professor, University of Connecticut School of Nursing; Director, Nursing Research, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

The Mary Jane Williams Award for Lifetime Achievement in Nursing was awarded to Cheryl Beck, DSNc, CNM, FAAN; Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut School of Nursing.

Mu Chapter Executive Committee

President: Joy Elwell
Vice President: Arthur Engler
Secretary: Paula McCauley
Treasurer: Jennifer Telford
Faculty Counselors: Arthur Engler, Joan Kuhnly
Leadership Succession Chair: Lisa Marie Griffiths
Convention Delegates: Anne Krafft, Deborah Shelton
Electronic Delegates: Anne Krafft, Deborah Shelton
Governance Chair: Anne Krafft
Headquarters: Sigma Theta Tau Intl, Indianapolis, IN
Region: Region 15 – New England, New York, and part of Nova Scotia

Mu-Mu Chi

Sponsored collaboratively between UConn’s Mu Chapter, and Fairfield University’s Mu Chi Chapter this event featured keynote speaker Keville C. Frederickson, EdD, RN, FAAN, Pace University on Mentoring Doctoral Nursing Students.

UConn School of Nursing Dean Regina Cusson was also a featured speaker and Drs. Sandra Bellini and Joy Elwell were panel speakers.

Eligibility Criteria

Please read below to see the eligibility criteria for undergraduate students, RN students, Master’s students, Doctoral students and Nursing Professionals/Community Leaders. For previously inducted members now at other institutions, Dual Membership will allow continued connection with Mu Chapter.

Undergraduate students must:

  1. Have completed 1/2 of the nursing curriculum;
  2. Have at least a GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale);
  3. Rank in the upper 35 percentile of graduating class.

RN students must:

  1. Have completed 12 credit hours at current school;
  2. Have completed 1/2 of the nursing curriculum;
  3. Have at least a GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale);
  4. Rank in the upper 35 percentile of graduating class.

MS students must:

  1. Have completed 1/4 of the nursing curriculum;
  2. Have at least a GPA of 3.5 (based on a 4.0 grading scale).

Doctoral students must:

  1. Have completed 1/4 of the nursing curriculum;
  2. Have at least a GPA of 3.75 (based on a 4.0 grading scale).

Nursing Professionals/Community Leaders must:

  1. Be a registered nurse;
  2. Hold at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing or other field;
  3. Have held a professional nursing license for at least five years;
  4. Have demonstrated marked achievement in nursing education, practice, research, administration or publication.

*All Mu Chapter members are eligible to apply for an award of up to $1,000 to support research/clinical practice projects. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and evaluated 3 times per year (June 5, September 5, January 5). Up to 6 awards will be given annually.

Links

Sigma Theta Tau By Laws

Upcoming SIGMA Conference Information

Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library

Sigma Theta Tau Mu Research Award Application
Includes: Knowledgebases, the Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis in Nursing, and the Registry of Nursing Research, which includes both published and unpublished nursing research (Sigma Membership Number is needed for entry).

Reflections on Nursing Leadership

Journal of Nursing Scholarship

The Sigma Theta Tau Key

The Sigma Theta Tau key is the symbol of scholarship. The cup denotes the satisfaction of professional life. The circle of gold with its six stars represents our six founders. The letters SQT – Sigma Theta Tau – represent our charge: Storga, Tharos, Tima – love, courage, and honor. The lamp is the lamp of knowledge. The jeweled key features amethyst stars representing the founders in a circle of pearls or diamonds. The organization’s colors are orchid and fuschia, and the flower is the orchid.

The Coat-of-Arms

The symbolism of the coat-of-arms is expressive of the ideals of Honor Society.
The eye represents wisdom and discernment. The stars are in recognition of our six founders. The scroll is that of learning and bears the Greek letters, Sigma Theta Tau: the first letters of the Greek words Storga, Tharos, Tima- meaning love, courage, honor. The pillars of stone at the right and the left denote service, professional endeavor and strength of leadership. The lamp represents the lamp of knowledge. The motto on the banner is Sigma Theta Tau, the name of this International Honor Society.