Alpha Epsilon Delta : Alabama Zeta
The mission of Alpha Epsilon Delta is to encourage and recognize excellence in premedical scholarship; to stimulate an appreciation of the importance of premedical education; to promote communication between medical and premedical students and educators; to provide a forum for students with common interests; and to use its resources to benefit health organizations, charities and the community.
Alabama Zeta Chapter
The Alabama Zeta Chapter of the University of South Alabama consists of more than 500 members. To prepare its members for their professional aspirations within healthcare fields, the Alabama Zeta chapter coordinates a variety of opportunities. For example, members attend biweekly meetings to learn from providers such as physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, optometrists, therapists, administrators, and more working in a variety of fields. Additionally, members practice clinical skills through suturing workshops, CPR certification classes, and more. The Alabama Zeta chapter hosts its own vitals clinic on campus where members are able to monitor blood pressure, check respiration rates, calculate BMI, and perform vision screenings. The chapter also coordinates a shadowing program so that members can observe local providers throughout the community.
Each year, active members earn 30 service hours, support 10 fundraising projects, and contribute to the operation of the chapter’s philanthropy event, Mega Musical Chairs (MMC). Our chapter’s ongoing service events include volunteering shifts at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, tutoring at Wilmer Hall Children’s Home, contributing to Habitat for Humanity Projects, and participating in a Student Run Free Clinic. Additionally, chapter members volunteer at local, annual events such as Project Homeless Connect, Coastal Cleanup, Heart for Athletes, Greek Fest, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Week of Service opportunities.
The Alabama Zeta chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) has been recognized for its service locally, nationally, and internationally. Most recently in 2019, the Alabama Zeta Chapter at the University of South Alabama has been awarded the university’s Student Organization of the Year Award at the Student Activities Awards ceremony. Also, during these annual ceremonies, many AED officers have been received leadership awards due to their contributions to the organization. In 2016, AED’s philanthropy, Mega Musical Chairs, received both the Outstanding Program of the Year award at the university’s Student Activities ceremony and the prestigious International Student-Driven Program of the Year Award at the ACUI Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. Alabama Zeta has also been covered in multiple media sources such as al.com, WKRG, local radio stations, and more.
Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) is a National Health Pre-Professional Honor Society composed of students engaged in the pursuit of a professional healthcare career, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary, optometry, public health, and more. Alpha Epsilon Delta welcomes all students interested in these professional pursuits, making it the world’s largest Honor Society exclusively serving premedical education, with a membership exceeding 144,000 in 186 chapters. Also, AED functions as service organization in addition to its commitment of educating prospective healthcare professionals. As a result, AED’s passionate dedication to service led to its official designation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in February of 1962.
The first chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta was formalized at the University of Alabama on April 28, 1926. However, in order to adequately oversee the operations of each local chapter, the National Office of AED was developed. Chapters may be established in four-year degree–granting accredited colleges and universities. This office regulates the succession of Regional Directors, who are elected by delegates of local chapters, who assist the National Officers with chapter installations, contacts and visits, conventions, and scholarship programs. General administration of Society activities is conducted through the office of the National Secretary.
AED national conventions, held biennially, serve as the governing bodies of the organization. Each member is invited to attend and participate in its program. Individual chapters send delegates to represent their chapter at each convention, which have been held at cities such as Nashville, TN, Houston, TX, Bethesda, MD, and others. The official chapter delegates constitute the voting members at the business sessions during the convention.
AED is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
If you would like more information regarding the organization, please contact the Alabama Zeta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.