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Sigma Theta Tau

Welcome to the Gamma Chi chapter of the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). On our website, you will find information on membership, research funding opportunities, and events. The Gamma Chi Chapter began in 1978 and is affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Nursing. It has thrived for more than 35 years with more than 1,500 inducted members. To learn more about STTI and the Gamma Chi chapter, explore our website or contact one of our officers.

Congratulations 2020 Gamma Chi Academic Grant Recipients!

Marissa Bartmess

Lauren Munoz

Tracey Stansberry

Kayla Leko

Margaret Tasket

Those interested in further information about STTI, Gamma Chi chapter, or membership should contact Rachael Hodges at

STTI members should access STTI’s “The Circle” for announcements about future meetings and events.

President – Lynn Beeler

Vice President– Knar Sagherian

Secretary – Laurie Sparks

Treasurer – Mary Lynn Brown

Counselor – Libby Burns

Research Committee Chair – Lisa Davenport

Research Committee Member– Allie Tasket

Leadership Succession Chair – Katie Morgan

Leadership Succession Committee Members– Nan Gaylord and Ji Youn Yoo

Membership Ambassador Committee Co-Chairs – Rachael Hodges and Laura Barry

Sigma Theta Tau is an international honor society for nursing. It is an honor to be invited to join and a benefit to you to belong.

Nurse Leader Application form

BSN Criteria

  • Completed 50 percent of UG curriculum. Upper-division undergraduate students are selected in the senior year of their BSN program.
  • The upper 35 percent of the class can be considered. GPA requirements change each year since UG criteria is based on top 35 percent.
  • Demonstrate Academic Integrity. Student candidates are voted on by the general membership of Gamma Chi Chapter in the semester they are invited to be inducted.
  • Student candidates are notified of their candidacy from an email that is sent from Sigma Theta Tau. The email instructs student candidates on the membership process. You are not considered a member of Sigma until you have paid your membership dues.

Graduate Students

As of February 2017, all graduates students currently enrolled in the College of Nursing are eligible to apply for membership in Gamma Chi chapter as a nurse leader. Contact Rachael Hodges at for further information. See the Nurse Leader Application form to apply. The form may be returned to international headquarters as shown on the form or it may be returned to Rachael Hodges. Nurse leaders do not have to wait for an induction ceremony to become active in the chapter.

Community Nurse Leader Criteria

  • Practices nursing in his/her country
  • Minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field
  • Demonstrates achievement in nursing as evidenced by some of the following:
    • Creativity or innovation in clinical practice
    • Leadership qualities contributing to improved health care
    • Teaching or Presentations
    • Administration
    • Curriculum development
    • Involvement in nursing organizations
    • Innovative student learning
    • Research development
    • Entrepreneurial skills
    • Staff development
    • Mentoring colleagues

  • Access to the Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library
  • Access to Wiley-Blackwell Interscience evidence-based resource
  • Weekly book and software reviews of nursing titles
  • Local, regional, national, and international conferences and conventions
  • International and regional research and professional development grants
  • Online member forums
  • Geriatric resources
  • Opportunities to assume leadership positions at the local, regional, national, and international levels

The Gamma Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International was chartered on May 20, 1978, after diligent work done by Dr. Johnnie Monzingo under the direction of Dr. Sylvia Hart, the founding Dean of the College of Nursing.

The planning began prior to the erection of the current College of Nursing which now stands at 1200 Volunteer Boulevard in Knoxville, TN. Initial works to achieve the Gamma Chi chapter were modeled after that of New York University, where Dr. Hart and Dr. Martha Alligood had studied. A site visit accompanied the validation of our credibility as a STTI chapter and it was quoted as being similar to an NLN accreditation survey. All of the unprecedented efforts paid off as the University of Tennessee College of Nursing was promptly sanctioned as a chapter of STTI.

The chapter leaders emphasized their commitment to the community of scholarship with many admirable traits. This dedication of the Gamma Chi chapter was coupled with a memorial to a nurse with a Tennessee heritage, Martha E. Rogers, a powerful force in the national nursing community who had modeled her life and philosophy after that of Florence Nightingale. Many of the nursing terms coined by Martha E. Rogers were quite congruent with that of Nightingale. We continue to celebrate the life of Gamma Chi along with that of Martha E. Rogers, a champion for nursing in Tennessee and beyond.

EURECA 2021 Winners

Krista Cameron, Ali Sullivan, Emma Vysoky, Abigail Winterstein




Recipients of our Research Grants

Marissa Bartmess

Faculty Chair: Dr. Carole Myers Title: Exploring Registered Nurse Involvement in Hospital Staffing Policymaking.


Lauren Munoz

Faculty Chair: Dr. Sandra Thomas Title: The Experience of Choosing to get a PhD as a DNP-Prepared Nurse: A Phenomenological Study


Tracey Stansberry

Faculty Chair: Dr. Carole Myers Title: Tennessee’s rural hospital closures: A spatial science approach to understanding effects on county-level mortality, 2010 – 2020


Kayla Leko

Faculty Chair: Dr. Erin Morgan Title: Improving Documentation, Policy, and Standards: Implementation of Standardized Coronavirus Disease 2019 Documentation Methods in the Perioperative Setting


Margaret Tasket

Faculty Chair: Dr. Allyson Neal Title: Differences Between College Males and Females’ Coping Mechanisms in Relation to the COVID Pandemic