St. John's University
Rho Chi Honor Society
Welcome to St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' Rho Chi Beta Delta Chapter website. Please feel free to explore the many links and resources that we provide.
What is Rho Chi?
Rho Chi is an international honor society for pharmaceutical sciences. It was founded in May 19, 1922, to "encourage high scholastic achievement and fellowship among students in pharmacy and to promote the pharmaceutical sciences"
The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The Society further encourages high standards of conduct and character and fosters fellowship among its members.
The Society seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.
As the academic honor society in pharmacy, the Rho Chi Society:
1. Encourages and recognizes intellectual achievement
2. Stimulates critical inquiry to advance pharmacy
3. Contributes to the development of intellectual leaders
4. Promotes highest ethical standards
5. Fosters collaboration
As stated on the National Rho Chi Website, membership in The Rho Chi Society is a privilege accorded the very few who distinguish themselves by their academic and professional achievements and who aspire to the mission and vision of the Society. Members may be elected as professional or graduate students in Pharmacy, as members of faculties of schools and colleges of pharmacy, as alumni who distinguish themselves in the Profession, or as honorary members by special action of the Society's Executive Council. By its very existence, the honor society reflects Western cultural belief in education and the pursuit of intellectual excellence. The honor society thus has two aims, or performs two functions: - It recognizes and rewards outstanding scholarly attainment, and - It thereby encourages and stimulates outstanding scholarship. The attainment of membership in an honor society is not only the highest achievement of social approbation by a select few, but it also encourages others to attain for themselves such recognition and approbation.