Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation's second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges.
There are now collegiate chapters at 242 US colleges and universities, 39 active alumni chapters in 16 districts across the country, and a total initiated membership of approximately 554,000.
Founded on June 9th, 1909, the Minnesota Alpha chapter is the 22nd chapter in the organization. We hold a variety of events for both the student body as a whole, and exclusively for our members. During CSE week at the University of Minnesota, we host the Pi Mile Run, which is a fundraiser 5k that gets strong attendance. Another popular event for our members is the Professor Luncheon. At this event, our members invite their professors to a meal where they can chat and share ideas. It is a great way to start a relationship with a professor that may garner research opportunities. Finally, we host company information sessions where our members can get a chance to meet companies seeking students of high standing.
In addition to networking and community service events, membership in TBP opens the door to a number of scholarships. For more information on the scholarships offered, check the TBP headquarters page.
Induction into TBP is by invitation only. The top 5% of Seniors and top 3% of Juniors from Engineering majors (including Computer Science) are invited to join. Once inducted, you'll be a member for lifetime. Unlike other greek or honor societies, we only collect dues once. If you have questions about any of the requirements, send us an email, or stop by our office.
More information is available at the TBP headquarters website, tbp.org