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 Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Chi


Dr. Virginia Henderson, Dr. Sandra Thomas, Dr. Pat Droppelman

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 over 1500 inducted members. To learn more about STTI and the Gamma Chi chapter, explore our website or contact one of our officers.


Research grant applications are now available. See the documents below for more information.
Watch “The Circle” at for announcements about future meetings. Mark your calendar for our research event the evening of November 7, 2016 and be alert for announcements about the fall induction ceremony for new members sometime in October 2016..


Allie Brown - Gamma Chi President

Gamma Chi officers 2016-2017 (PDF)

History of Gamma Chi Chapter (PDF)

Membership Criteria

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.

BSN Criteria (PDF)

MSN Criteria (PDF)

PhD Criteria (PDF)

Community Nurse Leader Criteria (PDF)

Benefits of Membership

  • 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


Our next Research Day will be held in the Fall.

Award Announcements

Gamma Chi Chapter of STTI is pleased to announce funding of 2016 awards:

1.  Best nursing posters at the annual EURECA event. The top posters for Research and Evidenced-Based Practice were also recognized with a monetary award of $100.

1st Place Recipient for a Research Poster
Author: Adaya Kirk
Title: Audience, Content, Media: Factors to Consider When Designing Technology Based Asthma Education Programs for Children
1st Place Recipients for Evidenced Based Practice Posters
Authors: Ashley Dykes, Warren Bryant, Hiro Yamada, and Jacob Barron
Title: Early Mobilization of Mechanically Ventilated Patients

2.  Recipient of our Research Grants

Recipient of Undergraduate Research Grant:
Adaya Kirk
Audience, Content, Media: Factors to Consider When Designing Technology Based Asthma Education Programs for Children 

Recipient of Small Research Grant:
To be Named
To be Named

3.  Chapter Awards given during our Induction Ceremony 

Clincial Practice Award
Ms. Caitlin Ferguson

Community Service Award
Sister Mariana Koontz

Excellence in Education Award
Dr. Deb Chyka

Excellence in Research Award
Dr. Sadie Hutson

Outstanding Dissertation Award
Dr. Stacia Ruskie

Sylvia Hart Award
Ms. Sierra Hooker


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