Omicron Delta Epsilon (O.D.E.)
The department sponsors a local chapter (Tau of New York) of Omicron Delta Epsilon
(ODE), the international honor society in economics.
Membership in the honor society requires junior standing or higher, 12 credit hours
in economics, a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and a cumulative average
in economics of at least 3.25. ODE is committed to helping students meet the challenges
of the working world and in making the step from textbook to performance.
What is ODE?
ODE is Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in economics. It has
535 chapters with more than 10,000 active members in all 50 states, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Mexico, Scotland, and South
ODE was formed in 1963 from the merging of two other honor societies, Omicron Delta
Gamma and Omicron Chi Epsilon. Omicron Delta Gamma (The Order of Artus) was originally
founded at the University of Wisconsin in 1915 by Dr. John Commons. The intent was
to encourage on an informal basis a closer academic relationship between exceptional
students and faculty and thereby facilitate the exchange of information and views.
Omicron Chi Epsilon, the younger of the two organizations, was founded in 1955 by
Alan A. Brown while he was a student at the City College of New York. From its inception,
the society sought to provide means to confer suitable honors on the more promising
students and to encourage scholarship through organized meetings and conferences.
At the time of their merger in 1963 each society had 28 chapters, Omicron Delta Gamma
chapters located in the Midwestern and Pacific states, and Omicron Chi Epsilon concentrated
at colleges and universities along the Eastern Seaboard and in Texas.
Omicron Delta Epsilon has been a member of the Association of College Honor Societies
The constitution of ODE lists four objectives:
- Confer distinction for high scholastic achievement in economics
- Stimulate and promote student interest in economics
- Publish an official journal entitled The American Economist
- Sponsor the Fisher-Taussig Award competitions
The Tau Chapter of New York at SUNY Fredonia was formed in 1976. Our objectives are to recognize scholastic attainment in economics,
and to establish closer ties between students and faculty in economics.
Tau Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon works to stimulate and promote student interest
in all aspects of economics, to inform students of career opportunities, and to acquaint
them with the economics faculty.
- Guest speakers
- Social Events
- The end-of-year awards dinner/picnic
- The O.D.E. Film Series, and more.
We sponsor speakers on a variety of topics related to economics careers and the application
of economics. We also provide a forum for students interested in economics to get
to know each other, and to get to know economics faculty in a more relaxed setting
than the classroom or office.
2008-09 O.D.E. President - Erica DiPasquale
2008-09 O.D.E. Advisor - Amar Parai