Student Organizations

You are encouraged to join student organizations. They provide social interaction, but more importantly, leadership opportunities that will help you in your job search. Some of the organizations you might be interested in include:

Student English Association  |  Sigma Tau Delta  |  Professional Writers Club 

Student English Association

The Student English Association provides a social environment for English majors and serves as an outlet for written student expression with its magazine literary magazine The Bell Tower, which features poetry, fiction, essays, photography, and drawing. If you're interested in joining the SEA, watch for call-out information in September and January, or contact Dr. Marlo David, advisor for the organization. 

Sigma Tau Delta

English Honor Society

sigma tau deltaSigma Tau Delta was established in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement in undergraduate, graduate, and professional English studies. Membership is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment. With over 900 chapters in the United States and worldwide, you are joining a highly selective honor society. Sigma Tau Delta membership is an important acknowledgment of your hard work to be listed on your resume and which will be a strong indicator of future success.  In addition to local chapter opportunities, members receive a personalized Sigma Tau Delta membership certificate and official Society pin, and are eligible to apply for Sigma Tau Delta scholarships, participate in international conventions, and submit original work for publication and writing awards.

If you would like to join Sigma Tau Delta, please complete this application form and bring it along with an unofficial copy of your transcript, to Joy Kane, Writing Programs Secretary, by December 31, 2021. Once certified, we will send you an email invitation online, which needs to be completed before you can officially be accepted as a member of Sigma Tau Delta.

Join today for amazing opportunities with a minimal time commitment organization!!!

For more information contact:
Faculty sponsor Dr. Jennifer Bay
Alpha Omicron Chapter, Purdue University


  • Academic recognition
  • Scholarships
  • Internships
  • Honor Cords to wear at graduation
  • Connections for job opportunities
  • Life long membership and more


  • Must have completed 3 semesters of courses
  • Must have taken at least 2 English courses
  • Have an overall B average (e.g. 3.0/4.0)

Professional Writers Club

The Professional Writers Club was founded in the spring of 2000. The goals of the club are to provide students with social, academic, and career opportunities. Meetings have featured guest speakers including employees from Pearson Publishing, MicroData Base Systems (mdbs), and Simply Written; Society for Technical Communication members; and Professional Writing graduates who come to share their job hunting and employment experiences. Club members often conduct various computer tutorials for the Purdue community.

All Professional Writing students may subscribe to the PW Talk mailing list. The list serves as a forum for job listings, curriculum concerns, and Professional Writers Club meeting minutes and announcements. To subscribe online, go to the Professional Writing Club web site.


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