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English Program

Sigma Tau Delta

International English Honor Society

Who We Are:
The Sigma Tau Delta 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.

With over 870 active chapters located in the United States and abroad, more than 1,000 Faculty Sponsors, and approximately 9,000 members are inducted annually. Spring 2015, Minot State’s Phi Chapter celebrated its 90th anniversary!

What We Offer:
Sigma Tau offers students opportunities to present their work—critical essays, creative writing, non-fiction—to an International conference each spring. While at the conference, students attend other presentations and meet students from everywhere. Interested in Poe? A session on Poe always has presenters. Original poetry? MSU’s Joe Davis’ poetry earned him a standing ovation, launched his career in Slam Poetry, and allowed him to meet with poets from all over the US. Focus on Literary Criticism? You may choose from many sessions.

To submit a paper for the March 2-5, 2016, conference in Minneapolis, you must submit a paper between Sept. 28 and the Oct. 26, 2015, deadline. Polish a paper written for a class, ask professors or current Sigma members to help you polish it, submit! BUT, you must be a member… (See below)

Past Annual Conventions

Sigma Tau offers many scholarships each year—and too often, no one applies. “Thar’s money in them thar hills!” National and local Sigma Tau Delta committees seek your input!

Who Can Join:
To join, you must have completed 2 English classes beyond Engl 110 and 120 (beyond first-year composition) and completed 3 semesters (or 5 quarters) of college course work. Your English and your cumulative GPAs must be 3.0 or higher.

How to Join:
If you think you qualify, bring or send a current transcript to Dr. Margaret Sherve, with your Minot address, telephone number, and estimated year of graduation.

In the past, the English Club paid the $40 lifetime membership dues to join Sigma Tau. J This past practice will be discussed every year in the October English Club meeting. Members must, however, be an active member of the MSU English Club (past dues were $5/semester). Spring 2017 you will enroll in new classes, English 291 or 391.

In the past, MSU administration, professors, and fund raisers have found monies for student registration, travel, and hotels. Students have paid for excess baggage, the Black and Red Gala, food, and mementoes. Students also pay for their graduation honor’s stoles, cords, and medallions.

Let’s have another great year in Sigma Tau Delta!

English Club and Sigma Tau Delta advisor:

Dr. Margaret Sherve
142 Hartnett Hall

Club Contact Information:
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Margaret Sherve
Club e-mail:

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