A Chemical Engineering Honor Society
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The objective of our Society is to recognize and promote high scholarship, original investigation, and professional services in Chemical Engineering.
- Juniors: Those juniors in the top 20% of their chemical engineering class shall be eligible for election to Omega Chi Epsilon.
- Seniors: Those seniors in the top 25% of their chemical engineering class shall be eligible for election to Omega Chi Epsilon.
- Graduates: Graduate students shall be eligible for election upon completion of nine semester hours of courses in chemical engineering, counting toward a graduate degree in chemical engineering. Their grade point average based on their graduate work, including completed research, must be a 3.5/4.0 or higher.
The Chemical Engineering Honor Society has been in existence at North Carolina State University since the first official meeting on February 21, 1997. This first semester the group consisted of the first five members: Jeremy Bordeaux, Kevin Chamness, Eric Johnson, Michelle E. Staben, and James W. Taylor. These five members were the first officers, serving in the following capacity:
- Michelle E. Staben, President
- Jeremy Bordeaux, Vice President
- James W. Taylor, Secretary
- Kevin Chamness, Treasurer
- Eric Johnson, Junior Class Representative
The five officers chose Dr. Robert Kelly of the NCSU Department of Chemical Engineering as the organization's Faculty Advisor. A draft of the organization's constitution, with its Chapter By-Laws, was submitted to NCSU Student Development and was approved in April 1997.
In July 1997 letters were sent out to 75 undergraduates, 26 juniors and 49 seniors, in the chemical engineering program at NCSU. Potential members were asked to return a form which requested applicant's contact information, graduation date, current resume, and a one-page essay on the topic "What do you think that you can bring to this organization to help make its existence in the Department a worthwhile endeavor, and what can the organization do to make a contribution to the Department?" A total of 22 members, including the officers, applied and were accepted into the Chemical Engineering Honor Society. The first meeting of the fall 1997 semester was held on September 15, 1997.
In the fall of 1997, the honor society organized a graduate school information session for chemical engineering students who might be considering graduate school. Thirty students attended this session, which was presented by Dr. Greg Parsons of the department and three NCSU chemical engineering graduate students. The organization also discussed a series of suggestions for improving the department, which are in the process of being presented to the faculty.
The organization submitted an organizational description to the Department of Chemical Engineering Student Handbook, which all NCSU chemical engineering students have. To expedite the process of matching up departmental undergraduate research positions with qualified students, a website of job opportunities was developed. The organization is in the process of communicating with professors about the method whereby they may use this website.
Two social dinners, in which the members had the opportunity to meet with each other in a relaxed setting, were held in the fall 97 semester, and one in the spring 98 semester.
The Beta Omicron Chapter was granted the offical charter on October 19, 1998. From this point on the chapter would be recognized as a national entity.
In 2007, long-time faculty advisor Dr. Peter Kilpatrick, former department head, left NCSU for tenure at Notre Dame University as Dean of Engineering. Following his absence was a lull year in elections, and rebuilding of the society under new faculty advisor Dr. Michael Dickey during Spring and Fall 2008.
Currently, the chapter is active in sponsoring graduate student luncheons, tutoring students of the CHE205 class, luncheons informing students about graduate school opportunities, and an annual luncheon with the Fellowhip Advising Office of NCSU.
Planning for the first-annual Centennial Campus Challenge 2009 fundraiser is underway. The Challenge will unite student organizations in the College of Engineering to raise money for engineering outreach education, promote cooperation, and foster comeraderie within student organizations on Centennial and Main Campus.