Doisy Students, Faculty Inducted into Alpha Eta Society

The Doisy College of Health Sciences (DCHS) welcomed 86 of its students and four of its faculty members into the Alpha Eta Society on Wednesday, Nov. 2. 

Alpha Eta Society

The student inductees were selected for their academic success, capacity for leadership and achievement in their respective fields. 

The induction ceremony for the Saint Louis University chapter of the official national scholastic honor society for the allied health professions took place in front of a crowd that filled the multipurpose room of the SLU’s Allied Health Building to capacity.

Admission does not come easily into the Alpha Eta Society. Graduate students are required to have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or higher, while undergraduate students require a GPA of 3.5 or higher (both numbers are based on a 4.0 scale). It is not academic success alone that grants entry into Alpha Eta, however; inductees must also have shown the capacity for leadership and achievement in their respective fields. Prospective students are nominated by their departments, voted on by the Alpha Eta faculty membership and, finally, approved by the dean.

Faculty inductees are chosen based on distinguished scholarship, leadership and service to allied health education. They are selected by their colleagues who are already members of the Alpha Eta Society, and they can only become eligible after gaining three years of experience at Doisy College.

Doisy College Alpha Eta president and assistant professor Crystal Botkin, MPH, CNMT, PET, said she enjoys taking part in the annual induction ceremony.

“The Alpha Eta Induction Ceremony provides an opportunity to recognize some of the best and brightest students and faculty of the Doisy College of Health Sciences,” Botkin said. “I really enjoy the opportunity to shake hands and speak with the families and loved ones that have been supportive of our inductees.”

In addition to being an allied health profession honor society, Alpha Eta is also a service organization. Last school year, the SLU Chapter of Alpha Eta raised money for the DCHS Student Crisis Fund, collected toys to donate to children at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and collected items to include in welcome baskets given to refugees settling in the St. Louis community with the help of the Oasis International organization. This year, Alpha Eta has plans to collect items to donate to St. Louis Crisis Nursery. The students also plan on exploring additional opportunities for service throughout the school year.

View additional photos of the 2016 Alpha Eta Induction Ceremony here