Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society

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Sigma Phi Omega

Sigma Phi Omega (SPO) is the National Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology, formed in 1980 to recognize the excellence of those who study gerontology/aging, as well as of professional aging service personnel. The society provides a much needed link between educators, practitioners, and administrators in various settings where older persons are served.

Local chapters serve as links within their respective communities to promote interaction between gerontology educators, students, alumni, and local professionals. The chapters provide opportunities for personal and professional interaction, sharing concerns, discussion of issues, and service activities. 

The University of Georgia Institute of Gerontology is the home of the Kappa Chapter of SPO, which promotes scholarship, professionalism, friendship, and services to older persons, and recognizes exemplary attainment in gerontology/aging studies and related fields.


Membership in the Kappa Chapter is available to qualified UGA students, faculty, alumni, and professionals.

For UGA undergraduate students, membership is restricted to Honors Students enrolled in the Aging Studies Program who are in their second term of enrollment with a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.30.

For UGA graduate students, membership is restricted to individuals enrolled for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology Program who are in at least their second term of enrollment with a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.50.

SPO members are also active members of other national professional gerontology organizations. This includes the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Several SPO members represent UGA as part of the GSA campus ambassador program. 

To receive additional information about the Kappa Chapter, including application materials, please contact the Institute of Gerontology.