Overview

Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Professional Honor Society.

Alabama Zeta Chapter, University of South Alabama

Alpha Epsilon Delta is a national honor society for students preparing for careers in the graduate health professions (medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, public health, and more). The Alabama Zeta chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta was founded at the University of South Alabama in 1980.

Cindy Stanfield, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology, serves as our chapter advisor.

History

On April 28, 1926, fifteen premedical students at the University of Alabama met with Dr. Jack Montgomery, premedical advisor and professor of organic chemistry, to formalize the organization of a new premedical honor society. Baylor University, Samford University, The University of Texas, and the University of South Carolina established chapters in 1928/29. At the first national convention at the University of Alabama on April 18, 1930, ten members representing five chapters and one petitioning group were in attendance. From these modest beginnings, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) has today become the world’s largest Honor Society exclusively serving premedical education, with a membership exceeding 144,000 in 186 chapters. In 1949, AED was incorporated in the State of Michigan. In February 1962, the Society was reincorporated in the District of Columbia as a nonprofit, educational organization.

The mission of the Society:

Organization

AED functions both as an Honor Society and service organization. This dual role is reflected in the societal structure and chapter activities.

Government - The business of the Society is conducted by the National Officers, Regional Directors, and active chapters, with authorization of the national convention.

Chapters - Chapters may be established in four-year degree–granting accredited colleges and universities. The process requires submission of a petition to the National President, following the outline provided by the National Office. You are invited to contact the National Office for information regarding chapter establishment.

National Convention - The national convention, held biennially, is the governing body of AED. Each member is invited to attend and participate in its program. The National Officers, with the cooperation of the host chapter and Regional Director, arrange the place, date and program of the convention. One official delegate represents each active chapter at the convention. The official chapter delegates constitute the voting members at the business sessions during the convention.

Affiliations - AED is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.