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Benefits and Criteria

Phi Beta Delta is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. The Society, founded at California State University, Long Beach in 1986, was established as a national organization with 38 chartered chapters in 1987. Today it is an international society with over 135 chapters. 

The Delta Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Delta was established at the University of Houston on May 1, 1998. With members composed of faculty, staff and students, the chapter has been involved in service and programming to promote internationalization at the University of Houston. 

New members are inducted into the Delta Iota Chapter annually at an induction ceremony held each spring typically in March or April. New members must be nominated by a current chapter member and also meet the following criteria. Faculty, staff and students interested in being nominated for membership may contact Brent Spraggins, Director of Membership for the Delta Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Delta for more information. 

Membership Benefits

  • Prestigious recognition for international service, scholarship, education and involvement at the University of Houston. 
  • Invitation to international networking events with local, national and international partners, organizations and speakers. 
  • Recognition as a person of meritorious service to the University of Houston. 
  • Decoration with the Phi Beta Delta medallion.
  • National benefits

Membership Criteria 

  • Distinguished academic faculty and staff who have been involved in recognized international endeavors such as teaching, conducting research, participating in overseas projects, administering exchange programs, or providing services to international students and scholars. 
  • U.S. students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement (with 3.20 GPA for upper level undergraduate and professional program students, and 3.50 GPA for graduate students), who have been actively promoting international understanding at the University of Houston, at other institutions of higher learning, in the local community, and who have either conducted research abroad or had comparable international experience where academic relevance can be demonstrated to the University. 
  • International and permanent resident students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement (with 3.25 GPA for upper level undergraduate and professional program students, and 3.50 GPA for graduate students), who have been actively involved in promoting international understanding at the University of Houston, at other institutions of higher learning, in the local community or abroad.

Brent Spraggins, Director of Membership
Bauer College of Business
262H Melcher Hall
Houston, Texas 77204
USA 

Email: bspraggins@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4903