What is Alpha Epsilon Delta?
We are a pre-health honor society that caters to all students pursuing careers in healthcare (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.). Our mission is to serve as a pre-health guidance resource and create a tight-knit community of students with similar goals. By inviting speakers such as admission directors, DFW’s leading doctors, and successful alumni, we help educate members about the challenges of healthcare today and what it takes to get the careers our members want. Through events, including personal statement workshops, résumé workshops, and suture clinics, we help prepare students for their futures. As students wishing to dedicate our lives to serving the community, we also place a high value on service. Members often help at health fairs, nursing homes, medical clinics, fundraisers, and much, much more. We strive to help our members—and together, we have fun doing it.
On April 28, 1926, fifteen premedical students at the University of Alabama met with Dr. Jack Montgomery, premedical advisor and professor of organic chemistry, to formalize the organization of a new premedical honor society. Baylor University, Samford University, the University of Texas, and the University of South Carolina established chapters in 1928/29. At the first national convention at the University of Alabama on April 18, 1930, ten members representing five chapters and one petitioning group were in attendance. From these modest beginnings, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) has today become the world’s largest Honor Society exclusively serving preprofessional health students, with a membership exceeding 150,000 in 188 chapters. The Society is incorporated in the District of Columbia as a non-profit, educational organization.
Alpha Epsilon Delta is the National Health Preprofessional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary, and others. The Society welcomes ALL students engaged in the pursuit of a professional healthcare career. AED offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests, and extends a program of service to benefit the college/university community.
The insignia of Alpha Epsilon Delta consists of:
A hexagon key or pin, on the face of which shall be inscribed AED in longitudinal column. The shape, reminiscent of the benzene ring, indicates the marked learning of this order toward the study of organic chemistry.
A coat of arms consisting of the - Crest: An open book debruised by a death's head above a wreath of the colors. Arms: A silver shield bearing a black caduceus, below a red Greek cross. The shield is surmounted by an esquire's helmet and draped with a mantling of scrollwork. Motto: Alpha Epsilon Delta in upper and lower case Greek letters.
A seal consisting of an outlined benzene ring surrounded by a panelled border containing the words: " Alpha Epsilon Delta Founded 1926"
A cloth patch bearing the coat-of-arms of this Society.
Our official colors: Violet and Red