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History of Ο Δ Ε

Omicron Delta Epsilon, one of the worlds largest academic honor societies, was created in 1963 through the merger of two honor societies, Omicron Delta Gamma and Omicron Chi Epsilon. At the time of their merger both societies had 28 chapters. Omicron Delta Gamma's chapters were primarily in the Midwestern and Pacific states while the chapters of Omicron Chi Epsilon were concentrated at Colleges and Universities along the Eastern Seaboard and in Texas.

Omicron Delta Gamma (The Order of Artus) was founded in 1915 by John R. Commons, University of Wisconsin and Frank Taussig, Harvard University through the union of the economics societies of their Universities. The intent of the society was the encouragement of a closer academic and social relationship between honor students and faculty on an informal basis, facilitating the exchange of information and views.

Omicron Chi Epsilon
was the younger of the two organizations but of equal chapter strength at the time of the merger, having been founded in 1955 by Alan A. Brown while he was a student at City College of New York. From its inception, the Society sought to provide means not only to confer suitable honors on the more promising students but also to encourage scholarship by organized meetings at conferences and through the publication of its official journal.

NEW PRICING ON MERCHANDISE: Please note that there has been a minimal increase in the price of some ODE honor merchandise, due to a corresponding increase in our cost of these items
NEW APPLICATION FORMS: The application forms have been revised to reflect changes in merchandise pricing and in delivery options of The American Economist. Please destroy any prior forms to avoid delays in processing, and download current forms from the website.
ODE and The American Economist are proud to announce their affiliation with Sage Publishing beginning with the spring issue of 2016. This new partnership will allow our prestigious journal to be available in an online format, something subscribers have been requesting, and allow the journal to expand in availability, readership, and convenience for authors and subscribers.

NEW MEMBERS will now receive free on-line access to The American Economist as part of their membership benefits. Print subscriptions will be available on request only at the special student rate of $20 per year.

Deadlines: August 1 is the deadline for submitting papers for the Fisher and Taussig article awards.


ODE EXECUTIVE BOARD: With the upcoming retirement of Dr. Mary Ellen Benedict from the Executive Board, a position for Vice-president will come available. Nominations for this position should be sent to Dr. Kathryn Nantz, ODE President and chair of the nominating committee ([email protected]). Self-nominations should include letters of recommendation and support from a dean or department chair. ODE’s Biennial Convention will be held in conjunction with the ASSA meetings in San Francisco in January 2016. Election of Executive Board officers for the 2016-2018 term will take place at the start of the Biennial Convention. A slate of officers will be sent to all chapters by November 1, 2015.

Distinguished Advisor Award: The ODE Distinguished Chapter Advisor Award for outstanding service is presented every other year at the Biennial Convention in conjunction with the ASSA meetings. Students and faculty can nominate an ODE chapter advisor based on longevity and/or outstanding service to the chapter and to the society. Self-nominations are also accepted with a letter of recommendation from a dean or department chair. The award consists of a plaque and $500. The deadline for nominations for 2016 is August 31, 2015.
Omicron Delta Epsilon is proud to be a member of ACHS
Association of College Honor Societies