About Pi Theta Epsilon

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The purposes of Pi Theta Epsilon are:


Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) was developed as a specialized honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni at the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 1958. This society recognizes and encourages superior scholarship among students enrolled in professional entry-level programs at accredited schools across the United States.

The purpose of this society, as outlined by the founders of PTE (see above), also include working in cooperation with the aims and ideals of the occupational therapy club, known as the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA).  At Creighton this organization is Creighton University Student Occupational Therapy Association (CUSOTA)

Currently, the mission of Pi Theta Epsilon is to promote research and scholarship among occupational therapy students. Its sister organization, Association of Student Delegates (ASD), promotes service to the community and leadership through American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) activities.

In 1988, American Student Committee of the Occupational Therapy Association (ASCOTA) asked the Board of Directors of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation to sponsor Pi Theta Epsilon towards achieving recognition as a national honor society. The mission of AOTF is to promote scientific, educational, and charitable work that benefits those who are recipients of occupational therapy services. In 1983, AOTF established the Academy of Research, a select group of scholars whose work exemplifies the highest academic and scientific work. Recognition of such scholars serves to promote research and other scholarly pursuits across the profession and brings recognition both to the members of the Academy and to the profession at large. Sponsorship of Pi Theta Epsilon was seen as an opportunity to lay the groundwork for future scholars and Academy members.

An advisory committee was established and an operating budget was generously provided to support PTE activities through 1994. By March 1995, all of these goals had been accomplished.

The first national elections of officers for PTE were held in 1989. Annual membership meetings are held in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and a quarterly newsletter, the Scroll & Pen, is produced and mailed to all chapters and to those alumni who have chosen to remain active in the society. AOTF's support at the present time includes providing a central location for communications and records, and indirect support for the national-level activities of the society by housing the PTE coordinator. The financial accounts of the society are also overseen by the AOTF's accountant.


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