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Welcome to Chi Epsilon at Oklahoma State University
Chi Epsilon History
Chi Epsilon is the National Civil Engineering Honor Society. It was founded at the University of Illinois in the Spring of 1922. The next year, Chi Epsilon was granted a certificate of incorporation as a National Honor Fraternity and, subsequently, chapters were installed at the Armour Institute of Technology (now Illinois Institute of Technology) and Minnesota. Two more chapters were added prior to the First National Conclave at Armour Institute in 1924. At the 1924 Conclave, the first Supreme Council was elected and an expansion policy carefully formulated. Since then the growth of Chi Epsilon has been steady. There are now 119 chapters which have initiated over 73,000 members.
Chi Epsilon is dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession. To this end, initiation into Chi Epsilon distinguishes the student of civil engineering who exemplifies the qualities of scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability. At the same time, Chi Epsilon members have the responsibility of extraordinary service in the advancement of their profession.
Through its membership, Chi Epsilon fosters the development and exercise of sound traits of character and ability among civil engineers, always seeking an ever higher standard of professional service.
OSU Chapter History
The Oklahoma State University Chapter of Chi Epsilon is one of the oldest in the United States, having been chartered in 1941 with 21 members. The OSU chapter has been very active over the years, initiating over 1200 students, several faculty members, and Chapter Honor Members.
Membership in Chi Epsilon is considered to be not only an honor, but also a responsibility to help others. The Chapter holds weekly tutoring sessions for statics and strength of materials. It also hosts review sessions for the FE exam each semester. Chapter members participate in at least two major public service activities each semester, and pledges are required to take part in the actives as well. In the recent past, we have worked on Adopt-a-street program, a day at the Humane Society, a rehabilitation project for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, clean-up of an outdoor ecology laboratory for a Stillwater Grade School, the campus-wide Big Event, the local Food Drive and Love Feast, on- and off-campus recruiting and special events, and held pizza parties and picnics for pledges and members. The Chapter holds monthly meetings, frequently with guest speakers (all meetings are open to visitors). We also have an annual Spring Banquet to honor that year’s pledges, Chapter Honor Members, and others.
To be eligible for membership in the OSU Chapter, an undergraduate must have completed at least one-half of the coursework toward a BS in either Civil or Architectural Engineering and rank scholastically in the upper one-third of his or her class.
We invite anyone interested in Chi Epsilon to visit with the OSU Chapter Advisor:
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Oklahoma State University
207 Engineeirng South
Stillwater, OK 74078-5033