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Sigma Phi Omega

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Sigma Phi Omega (SPO) is the National Honor Society formed in 1980 to recognize the excellence of those who study gerontology/aging, as well as of the professional aging service personnel.


Sigma Phi Omega seeks to promote scholarship, professionalism, friendship, and services to older persons, and to recognize exemplary attainment in gerontology/aging studies and related fields.


The University of Hawai‘i COA hosts the Gamma Chapter of SPO. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring or minoring in gerontology/aging studies and related fields, and who are in at least their second term of enrollment. Undergraduates must have a grade point average of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, and graduate students must have at least a 3.5 G.P.A. to be eligible for membership. Faculty, alumni, professional, and honorary memberships are also available.