Social Inquiry Department
Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society
Alpha Kappa Delta was created in 1920 by Emory S. Bogardus of the University of Southern California "for the purpose of interchange of ideas concerning sociological projects." In 1921, Dr. Bogardus, acting on the belief that the best students in sociology in other universities might be interested in a similar organization, sent letters to faculty members in a selected group of institutions. The University of Wisconsin was the first to respond. Northwestern University and the University of Kansas soon followed.
The name, Alpha Kappa Delta, was devised by Dr. Bogardus and adopted by the chapter members of the University of Southern California chapter. It represents the first letters of three Greek words: anthropon (mankind), katamanthaneion (to investigate thoroughly or to conduct research), and diakonesein (for the purpose of service). The name, therefore, implies social research for the purpose of service.
During the eight decades of its history, over 79,000 scholars have been initiated into the Society. There are presently 463 chapters in 49 states, Canada, China, the District of Columbia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, and Finland.
The Lambda of Wisconsin Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, located at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, was granted its charter in January of 1997. It is the seventh of the University of Wisconsin System schools to be granted an Alpha Kappa Delta charter.
Membership in Alpha Kappa Delta is contingent on the following criteria:
Your one-time membership dues of $40.00 gives to you a lifetime membership in Alpha Kappa Delta, a one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry , the official journal of the Society, a certificate of membership, and participation in a variety of national, regional and local activities of the Society.
Alpha Kappa Delta provides up to $300 to members attending regional sociological meetings.
Alpha Kappa Delta provides financial support for new or continuing research.
Alpha Kappa Delta sponsors an annual paper competition with prizes including cash, travel expenses and scholarships.
Alpha Kappa Delta is universally recognized in sociology, and membership will enhance your application to graduate school. Recognition of your scholarly achievement will also set you apart from other applicants for post graduate employment.
Interested UW-Superior students meeting the membership criteria are encouraged to contact Dr. Michael Ball (Sundquist 314, or phone 394-8283) for more information.
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