Alpha Chi Omicron
Founded in 2017, Alpha Chi Omicron (AXO) is Fordham’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society. At once an honor society and a service organization, AXO aims both to confer distinction on academically accomplished students and to promote interest in literary studies at Fordham and beyond.
A select group of students are invited to join AXO each year on the basis of exceptional academic achievement. Other interested students may apply if they meet Sigma Tau Delta’s membership criteria. Applicants will be asked to attest to their eligibility for membership, provide contact information for a faculty reference, submit a brief personal statement, and identify any student leadership opportunities they would be interested in pursuing if admitted to AXO.
AXO members receive a number of benefits, including opportunities for paid internships, writing prizes, publication in national journals, and participation in Sigma Tau Delta’s international convention, held each spring in cities such as New Orleans, Daytona Beach, and Las Vegas, Nevada.
AXO members are also eligible to compete for a number of generous scholarship awards. A complete list of available scholarships, along with application instructions, appears on the Sigma Tau Delta website.
If you would like to apply to join AXO, please fill out this google form. Accepted students will be asked to pay a one-time induction fee of $45 to Sigma Tau Delta, as well as a one-time chapter fee of $20 to Alpha Chi Omicron. If you are accepted to AXO, you will receive information on how to submit payment when you receive your acceptance letter.
The application period opens on December 1 and closes on the first day of the spring semester each year. Applications are reviewed first by AXO’s Faculty Supervisors, then by the tenured and tenure-track English faculty as a whole. Decisions are usually given by mid-February.