Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society

Sanford Center for Aging

Sigma Phi Omega pendant and tassels

Sigma Phi Omega (SPO), the international academic honor and professional society in gerontology, was established in 1980 to recognize excellence of those who study gerontology and aging and the outstanding service of professionals who work with or on behalf of older persons.

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

As a member of UNR's Beta Phi Chapter, you are associated with excellence in the field of aging, and identified as having academic excellence at your UNR graduation, with the Sigma Phi Omega cord and medallion. For detailed information about SPO, view their website at

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Enrolled in the second term (or later) of gerontology/aging studies
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 3.30


  • $25 per year; can apply at any time during the year; membership will expire one year from membership activation.

How to Apply:

  • Complete the online "Student Membership" application.
  • Specify that you want your membership certificate and pin sent directly to you. You may bring the certificate to the Gerontology Academic Program (GAP) to be signed by the Chapter Representative and Chapter President. If you have applied for UNR graduation, the GAP will send you the SPO cord and medallion to wear at the UNR Commencement ceremony. Your membership must be active. Please keep your mailing address current in your myNevada account.