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Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau is the international honor society in nursing that promotes excellence in academic scholarship, research, and clinical nursing. Students must be nominated to become a member. 

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

Sigma Theta Tau International's vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing.



In 1922, six nurses founded the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. 

The founders chose the name from the Greek words storgé, tharsos, and timé, meaning love, courage, and honor. STTI became incorporated in 1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International Inc., a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States. 



STTI membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing.


Fast Facts

  • STTI has more than 135,000 active members.
  • Members reside in more than 90 countries.
  • 39 percent of active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees; 51 percent are in staff positions; 19 percent are administrators or supervisors; 18 percent are faculty/academics; and 12 percent are in advanced practice.
  • There are roughly 520 chapters at more than 700 institutions of higher education.


Gamma Psi-at-large Chapter

Formed on Jun 11, 1978, Gamma Psi-at-Large Chapter is the 93rd chapter established at the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

The Hawai‘i Gamma Psi-at-Large Chapter is comprised of Chaminade University, Hawai‘i Pacific University, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

For more informatin about Sigma Theta Tau, how to become a member or how to make the most out of your membership, contact Frankie Hale, UH Mānoa Counselor at halef@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-5041. For information about Sigma Theta Tau visit www.nursingsociety.org/default.aspx

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