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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.

Congratulations to all new members of our chapter! View a recording of our virtual induction ceremony from November 18, 2020 here:

Penn Nursing’s Xi chapter began with 71 members under then-dean Theresa Lynch, and by the time she retired 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.​


  • Apply for Xi Chapter Membership Today!

    The University of Pennsylvania’s Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, is now accepting applications for annual membership. The deadline to apply is March 13, 2021. 

  • Call for Awards

    The 2021 Call for Awards has begun! We, at Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, are seeking nominations for student awards for BSN, MSN and Doctoral students. Please send a letter of nomination with demonstration of leadership and service to by February 28, 2021.

  • 2020 Fall Inductees

    2020 Fall Virtual Induction

    On November 18, 2020, Xi Chapter welcomed undergraduate, graduate, and community inductees in our Chapter.