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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.

Announcements
Omicron Delta Epsilon congratulates the winner of the 2014 Frank W. Taussig Article Award, Dieu Linh Nguyen. Dieu, of Agnes Scott College, was awarded $1,000 for the entry, "Effects of Minimum Wages on Teenage Childbearing in the United States: Evidence from 1984 to 2004." The Agnes Scott chapter of ODE was awarded $200 in Dieu's name. Honorable mention was awarded to Daniel Deibler of Washington University and Alexander Evans of Villanova University. The deadline for the next Taussig competition and the Fisher competition is August 1, 2015.

The 2014 Michael Szenberg Prize was presented to Bichaka Fayissa and Anca Traian (Middle Tennessee State University) for "Estimation of a Health Production Function: Evidence from East-European Countries" at the advisor reception in Boston in conjunction with the 2015 ASSA meetings. The Szenberg prize recognizes the best article published in the American Economist for the year.

Deadlines:

DEADLINE EXTENDED. The deadline for submitting the Charles Phillips Outstanding Student Leader nomination form has been extended to February 15. An email or this form should be sent to the Central Office or to Stacey Jones, Vice-president of Competitions if you wish to nominate an ODE member for this award.

April 30, 2015: Deadline for submitting the following:

 1) Chapter reporting form - Return this form to the Central Office. Information given to us in this form will be posted on this website.
 2) Proposals for chapter project grants for the fall of 2015.

May 15, 2015: Deadline for submitting the form to present papers at the Graduate Student Session in San Francisco in January 2016 at the Allied Social Sciences Association meeting.

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Omicron Delta Epsilon is proud to be a member of ACHS