Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the only national computer science honor society and has chapters all over the United States. It is for students and faculty who exhibit superior scholastic and professional achievement in the computing & information disciplines. It is also the only National Honor Society for the computing and information disciplines and recognized as such by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society.
The first UPE chapter was formed at Texas A&M University in 1967. The Beta Chapter in Virginia was formed in the spring of 1988 here in Radford University's Computer Science Department. As of 2006, there are now ten chapters in Virginia, including schools such as Hampton University, George Mason, Christopher Newport, and the alpha chapter at Virginia Tech.
Requirements The minimum requirements for membership are as follows: Undergraduate Students
The student must have completed the equivalent of 64 semester hours.
The student must have completed the equivalent of 17 semester hours of computer science courses.
The student must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
The student's GPA in computer science courses must be a 3.0 or higher.
The student must have been at Radford University for at least one year.
Mission Statement The mission of Upsilon Pi Epsilon is to recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Computing and Information Disciplines.
The Association will accomplish this mission through programs that:
Enable outstanding students to obtain recognition of superior educational achievement that emphasizes the Computing and Information Disciplines as well as liberal arts, sciences, and other professional and interdisciplinary education in the context of individual and societal responsibilities,
Assist in maximizing the personal and professional growth of students in UPE by financially supporting scholarships and other creative endeavors that include the discovery, integration, and application of knowledge,
Establish significant partnerships with external constituencies interested in promoting and subsidizing high quality computing science education,
Seek opportunities to extend individual memberships and chapter activities into additional environments yet to become identified.