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Sigma Phi Omega

Sigma Phi Omega (SPO) is the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology. Established in 1980, SPO recognizes the excellence of those who study gerontology and aging along with the outstanding service of professionals working with or on behalf of older people. SPO is a nationally recognized honorary society.


SPO seeks to promote scholarship, professionalism, friendship and services to older people and also recognize exemplary attainment in gerontology studies and related fields.


  • Members must be in at least their second semester of enrollment.
  • Academic qualification is based on the student's grade point average. Undergraduate applicants require a 3.3 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, while graduate students must carry a 3.5.
  • Professionals can qualify for admission through professional achievements.
  • Membership to SPO includes a small fee: $25 for students and $30 for professionals. This fee is sent directly to the national SPO organization.