Sigma Theta Tau International: Xi Chapter
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Sigma Theta Tau International honor society chapter was founded on August 6, 1958 with the mission to improve the health of the world’s people.
Penn Nursing’s Xi chapter began with 71 members under then-dean Theresa Lynch, and by her retirement in 1965 the number of members had grown to 276. Early members in the chapter often engaged in missionary travel, which as it turns out was a precursor to the work now undertaken by Penn faculty and students in Botswana and elsewhere.
To date, the chapter has inducted 3,311 members, with 832 currently active, including some of the best minds in nursing. Seven Xi Chapter members have received the prestigious Episteme Award, the highest honor in nursing awarded by Sigma Theta Tau International.
To encourage the next generation of nursing leaders, the chapter awards as many as four research grants annually to its members.
Local and global outreach projects are conducted on an ongoing basis to give back to communities here at home and around the world.