Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta

Welcome to the great world of English studies, where you may pursue interests in literature, creative writing, professional and technical writing, rhetoric and composition, teaching English, and more!

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honors society that hosts events and activities to facilitate the study of English and simply to celebrate all the things that draw us to English language and literature. All students and faculty are invited to join us for our events.

If you would like more information about Sigma Tau Delta, see the following links or send a message to IU East Faculty Sponsor and English Professor, Steven Petersheim at

Sigma Tau Delta official website

IUE Sigma Tau Delta Facebook page

IUE English Department Facebook page

Sigma Tau Delta Student Scholarship


Meet the President

Bald, Caucasian man with redish-brown beard. Wearing a black suit jacket with a red under-shirt and black/red tie.

Wes Smith is a fourteen year Army veteran who served during Desert Storm. He earned his BA in English from Indiana University East in 2016 and is currently enrolled in the Master’s degree program in English at IU East. He works as a Teaching Assistant in the English and History departments, and is the Non-fiction editor of Tributaries, the IU East creative arts journal. He currently lives in Richmond, Indiana.

If you have any questions or suggestions for Sigma Tau Delta, please contact this semester's President, Wes Smith, at or the faculty advisor, Steven Petersheim, at

What We Do

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honors society that celebrate all things English. All students and faculty are welcome to join us for our on-campus events.

The Sigma Tau Delta chapter at IU East hosts many exciting events for all students who love English literature and writing, whether as readers, creative or professional writers, critical thinkers, or budding teachers. Some of our most popular on-campus activities include reading marathons, open mic readings, and our monthly English teas. We also host numerous fund-raising and service activities each semester. We meet once a month to chat about our experiences and plan activities for the upcoming month. Our most popular off-campus event is the spring convention, when we go to exciting locations around the nation to participate in professional presentations on all topics related to English studies.


For a detailed list of student membership benefits, see If you are a member of Sigma Tau Delta at Indiana University East, you can access documents and information through the STD Canvas page. You may also ask to be added to the following Facebook groups:




“Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.

“The Society strives to

  • Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies;
  • Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities;
  • Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing;
  • Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members;
  • Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and
  • Serve society by fostering literacy.”

For more information, visit the Sigma Tau Delta website at


Sigma Tau Delta Membership (at IU East)

  • Provisional Membership. If you would like to try out Sigma Tau Delta but cannot yet commit to active membership (see below) or have not yet met the requirements for full membership (see below), you may become a provisional member. Provisional members can participate in all campus events but are not eligible for awards, scholarship, publication in STD materials, or participation in Sigma Tau Delta conventions and conferences. Provisional memberships may last no more than one academic year, at which point provisional members can become full members if they meet all requirements. To become a provisional member, simply submit  a letter of interest to the faculty advisor (Steven Petersheim including the following information: Your full name, current class standing, semester or enrollment, current GPA, major/minor, list of English courses taken, and reasons for interest in joining Sigma Tau Delta as a provisional member.


  • Open to all undergraduate students; open to graduate English students
  • Undergraduate: At least two courses in English beyond ENG W131 and W132 (or other second composition course), at least three semesters of college work completed
  • Undergraduate GPA: Overall GPA of 3.0 or better, English GPA of 3.25 or better
  • Graduate GPA: GPA of 3.3 or better
  • Graduate: Continuing membership (if a member as an undergraduate) or Completion of at least two graduate courses in English


  • Full membership. Full members who are actively involved are eligible for leadership positions in Sigma Tau Delta and can apply for awards, scholarship, publication in STD materials, and participation in Sigma Tau Delta conventions and conferences. To become a full member, you must submit an application and a $40 fee for lifetime membership. Active members will be recognized by Sigma Tau Delta cords upon graduation. If you do not maintain the requisite GPA or do not attend at least four Sigma Tau Delta meetings or events each semester, you will be moved to inactive status. Inactive members will not be awarded Sigma Tau Delta cords (but may purchase them) and are not eligible for leadership positions or funding for conventions or conferences or other off-campus events. Students interested in becoming full members should contact the faculty advisor (Steven Petersheim for an application.


  • Alumni Membership. While Sigma Tau Delta members are members for life, they can stay in touch with Sigma Tau Delta after graduation by joining the Alumni Epsilon Chapter. There is a special scholarship available to Alumni Epsilon members who are applying for graduate school, and Alumni Epsilon members receive Sigma Tau Delta publications and can serve on committees at the convention. The application for the Alumni Epsilon chapter is available online:

Sigma Tau Delta 2016 Convention

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Sigma Tau Delta Induction Photo


Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony

A Sigma Tau Delta induction ceremony will be held at the beginning of the Spring 2018 semester.  Students who want information or an application should contact Steven Petersheim

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