What is Sigma Phi Omega?

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Sigma Phi Omega is the National Honor Society formed in 1980 to recognize the excellence of those who study gerontology/aging, as well as of the professional aging service personnel. The purpose of Sigma Phi Omega is to promote:

* scholarship
* professionalism
* friendship
* services to older persons
* to recognize exemplary attainment in gerontology/aging studies and related fields


Who is eligible for membership in SPO?
Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring or minoring in gerontology/aging studies and related fields, and who are in at least their second term (or second semester) of enrollment. Undergraduates must have a grade point average of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, and graduate students must have at least 3.5 g.p.a. to be eligible for membership. Faculty, alumni, professional, and honorary memberships are also available.

How do I join SPO?
For an application and more information about joining the Society through affiliation with VCU (Epsilon chapter) contact Dr. E. Ayn Welleford. New members receive a certificate with their name and the name of their chapter and university, a lapel pin, a subscription to the Sigma Phi Omega Newsletter, and an invitation to participate in the national meeting and all activities of the Society.

What are the membership dues?
The fee for first year membership is $30.00 (covers society pin and certificate and administration costs) and annual renewal in $15.00. Dues for the Society are tax deductible. To apply fill out the application and email it to Dr. Tracey Gendron.

Sigma Phi Omega Faculty Advisor

Dr. E Ayn Welleford, 
Associate Professor 
Department of Gerontology
730 E Broad Street
P.O. Box 980228
Richmond, VA 23298