Sigma Theta Tau International


Alpha Epsilon Chapter

Sigma Theta Tau is the international nursing honor society, professional and scholarly by nature. The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is home to the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) offers membership by invitation to baccalaureate undergraduate and graduate nursing students, and to baccalaureate-prepared nursing leaders. STTI has more than 135,000 members in over 90 countries with approximately 515 chapters in over 700 institutes of higher learning.

The Alpha Epsilon Chapter of STTI was chartered in 1964. Our chapter exemplifies the STTI mission of advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. In particular, this chapter is committed to supporting Emory initiatives in nursing research, and additionally to promoting excellence in local, national, and global nursing leadership.

President: Caroline Coburn
President-Elect: Sara Edwards
Vice President: Melissa Owen
Secretary: Alexandra Finch (Recording) Sheila Jordan (Corresponding)
Treasurer: Rose Murphree 
Assistant Treasurer: Mariya Kovaleva
Counselor (Undergraduate): Corrine Abraham
Counselor (Graduate and Nurse Leader): Sally Lehr

Committee Chairs

Governance Committee: MaryJane Lewitt 
Research and Awards Committee: Weihua ZhangAngela AmarElizabeth Corwin 
Community Service: Chuncey Ward, Phyllis Hall, Virginia Carter, Monica Donahue
Membership: Irene Yang
Publicity Committee: LisaMarie Wands
Programs: Melissa Owen

Undergraduate Student – Membership is offered to students enrolled in baccalaureate programs at accredited institutions of higher education who have completed at least ½ of the nursing curriculum, have achieved a minimum of 3.5 cumulative GPA, and are in the top third of their class cohort.

Graduate Student - Master's and Doctoral students are eligible for membership if they are enrolled in graduate programs at accredited institutions of higher education, have completed at least ¼ of the nursing curriculum, and have achieved a minimum of 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Nurse Leader - Registered Nurses, legally recognized to practice in their countries, who hold at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing may apply for membership in STTI. Demonstrated experience and achievement in leadership positions in nursing practice, education, or administration since graduation are important aspects for candidacy, as is community service.

At Sigma Theta Tau International we are a community of nurses who strive to position the nursing profession at the forefront of health care by promoting scholarship, research and leadership. As a member your involvement can flourish into a dynamic collaboration that is renewed throughout your lifetime. Through STTI, we challenge you to be a better nurse and support your career with an array of tools, programs and people that are unequaled anywhere in the health care industry.

If you are interested in learning more about STTI, or as a nurse leader you would like information about applying for membership, please contact Caroline Coburn at

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