Honor Society Awards Given at Time of Graduation
Pi Alpha Honor Society
The Pi Alpha Honor Society is the Physician Assistant Education Association’s (PAEA) national honor society promoting and recognizing PA students and graduates for significant academic achievement, leadership, research, and community/professional service in addition to a high standard of character and conduct. Nomination categories include student, alumni, faculty, and honorary memberships. Details pertaining to Pi Alpha, including school chapters and official policies and procedures for nomination and induction can be found on the PAEA’s Pi Alpha website.
For students to be nominated, each student must have a high GPA near the end of their program minimum and evidence achievement in the areas of leadership, research and/or community/professional service. Selection of students may occur any time after the end of summer semester of the student’s last professional year in an accredited PA program. Initial selection is based on overall GPA at the end of summer semester, but the GPA is not the lone criteria for nomination. A list of student GPAs is obtained from the registrar and all students with an overall GPA of 3.5 or greater are eligible. Faculty input is solicited regarding leadership, community or professional service, research or other meaningful activities. The number of student inductees cannot exceed 15% of graduating class.
For alumni, faculty, and honorary membership please refer to the Pi Alpha website. Cords and certificates are sent to the program by PAEA and students are inducted at the annual Awards Ceremony.
Alpha Eta National Scholastic Honor Society for the Allied Health Professions
The Alpha Eta Society is a national scholastic honor society for allied health professions to promote and recognize individuals for scholarship, leadership, and contributions to those professions. Details pertaining to Alpha Eta including membership and bylaws can be found at their website.
For students to be nominated, the must be in their last phase of professional training, have an overall GPA of 3.8 or better, have shown capacity for leadership and achievement in the Physician Assistant field, and have been recommended by faculty and approved by the SHS Dean. The number of student inductees cannot exceed 20% of the graduating class for each Program.
For alumni, faculty, and honorary membership please refer to the Alpha Eta website. Certificates are sent to the program by Alpha Eta and students are inducted at the annual Awards Ceremony.