Golden Key an academic honor society which recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines. Membership is granted by the chapter to undergraduate students in all academic disciplines who, are recognized by their academic institution as ranking at least among the top 15% of their class based on cumulative grade performance, or a comparable alternate standard approved by the International Leadership Council. The Society awards its members nearly $500,000 annually through 17 different scholarship and award programs. Members are connected to exclusive career opportunities and assistance through Golden Key’s partnerships with major corporations and graduate programs. The Society provides campus and community service opportunities enabling personal growth and leadership development as well as collaborating with university faculty and administrators to develop and maintain high standards of education.
University of Maryland, Chapter Vice President: Phi Sigma recognizes the benefits derived by students, faculty, and others working in the biological sciences from an organization acting as a stimulus to research and academic excellence in the biological sciences. At the discretion of a Chapter, sophomore students enrolled in a college or university who show outstanding interest and ability in the biological sciences may be elected to the society. In addition, any person who is a competent biologist and who is engaged in biological activity at or near an institution with an active Chapter of Phi Sigma may be eligible for Active membership at the discretion of the Chapter. All persons elected to membership must rank in the upper 35 percent of their class in general scholarship. The Greek letters Phi and Sigma, signify FELLOWS IN SCIENCE.