Membership

Membership Overview

The Sigma Gamma Tau (SGT) Chapter of the University of Florida (UF) Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is pleased to invite new members on a regular basis. SGT invites members using the membership qualifications shown below. Official qualifications are kept on record with the SGT advisor and present student officers. SGT membership is extended via invitation on behalf of the current members, officers, and SGT advisor. Potential member lists are identified via the UF MAE student advising office. SGT does not collect, assess, or have access to demographic data (such as race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or any other kind of metric) for current or potential members. Current members are expected to vote for acceptance of new members according to the rules set-forth in the UF SGT constitution.

Once admitted and initiated in the UF SGT section, each member is expected to participate in activities agreed upon by the SGT officers, SGT advisor, and membership body. These include three main components and are described on this page.

Membership Qualifications

  • Seniors
    • Primary major is Aerospace Engineering
    • Completed 6 or more academic semesters (entering 4th year at UF)
    • Undergraduate status at UF in good standings – Candidate will have zero academic honesty or pending academic honesty violations
    • Completed at minimum 2 semesters of coursework at UF
    • Top one-third (33.33%) of this group (which SGT defines as seniors) based on overall GPA
  • Juniors
    • Primary major is Aerospace Engineering
    • Completed 4 or more academic semesters (entering 3rd year at UF)
    • Undergraduate status at UF in good standings – Candidate will have zero academic honesty or pending academic honesty violations
    • Completed at minimum 2 semesters of coursework at UF
    • Top one-fourth (25%) of this group (which SGT defines as juniors) based on overall GPA
  • Sophomores
    • Primary major is Aerospace Engineering
    • Completed 2 or more academic semesters (entering 2nd year at UF)
    • Undergraduate status at UF in good standings – Candidate will have zero academic honesty or pending academic honesty violations
    • Completed at minimum 2 semesters of coursework at UF
    • Top one-tenth (10%) of their class (which SGT defines as sophomores) based on overall GPA
    • In additional, sophomores must demonstrate outstanding credentials as judged by the current SGT membership
    • Nominated for membership by a UF MAE tenure or tenure track faculty member via a written letter by the faculty member, CV of the candidate, and official UF transcript of the candidate
    • Unanimous anonymous vote by the present SGT members of the UF Chapter
  • Graduate Students – N/A (We must have a voting member body to admit sophomores or graduate students)
    • Primary major is Ph.D or M.S. in Aerospace Engineering
    • Completed 2 or more academic semesters (entering 2nd year at UF)
    • Graduate status at UF in good standings – Candidate will have zero academic honesty or pending academic honesty violations
    • Completed at minimum 2 semesters of coursework at UF
    • Nominated for membership by a UF MAE tenure or tenure track faculty member via a written letter by the faculty member, CV of the candidate, and official UF transcript of the candidate
    • Unanimous anonymous vote by the present SGT members of the UF Chapter

Voting of Membership

Voting on Undergraduate Candidates for Membership

  • The President of the chapter will conduct the elections.
  • All votes will remain secret.
  • A quorum consisting of three-fourths of the active undergraduate members must be present. Voting on candidates for undergraduate membership will be done only by active undergraduate members.
  • A three-fourths vote of the members present is required for the election of senior students and a four-fifths vote is required for election of junior and sophomore students.
  • The voting may be conducted in up to three ballots with one ballot being cast for each candidate before a second ballot on any candidate may be taken. A second ballot will be taken only on those individuals who fail to receive the requisite number of votes. The third ballot will be taken only after all second ballots are completed and then only on those candidates who fail to receive the requisite number of votes in the second balloting. The voting on the first two ballots may be yes, no or undecided, but on the final ballot there will be no undecided votes or abstentions. Discussions should precede each ballot.

Voting on Graduate Student Candidates for Membership

  • The procedure for voting on graduate student candidates is the same as outlined above, except that both undergraduate and graduate members will participate in the voting. A three-fourths vote is required.

Member Responsibilities and Requirements

  • Participate in at least one event per academic semester (fall and spring) in three categories
    • Service to SGT
    • Leadership of the aerospace profession and community
    • Social SGT activities
  • Regularly attend SGT meetings throughout the year
  • Participation if requested in recognition of MAE alumni in Aerospace Engineering
  • Dues
    • One-time $35 national SGT membership initiation fee.
    • Local $0/yr membership due. Currently there are no local dues.