Department of Biological Sciences
Alpha Epsilon Delta


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AED is the world’s largest honor society exclusively serving premedical education. The mission of the Society is to encourage and recognize excellence in premedical scholarship; to stimulate an appreciation of the importance of premedical education; to promote communication between medical and premedical students and educators; to provide a forum for students with common interests; and to use its resources to benefit health organizations, charities and the community.

The Mississippi Eta Chapter seeks to provide our members with the opportunity to meet with various professionals within the medical community, pre-health advisors, and admissions officers from various professional schools. Additionally, we work to provide our members with the necessary information (such as application deadlines, course requirements, and interview strategies) that is vital to successfully gaining admission to professional school and for succeeding once you get there. Our members are also encouraged to participate in community services.

Officers for 2015-2016

President Darius Kennedy
Vice-President Marc Leggett
Secretary-Treasurer Haley McDonald
Historian Cassy Taylor
Faculty Advisor  Dr. John Tiftickjian

Why should I join AED?

When you apply to a medical school or other health-related professional school, admissions committees look for several things in your application. Most important are: excellent scholarship, admission exam scores (MCAT), extracurricular involvement, health care experience, and letters of recommendation. Just going to class and making excellent grades is not enough. You must be involved with activities other than academics that are designed to broaden your application portfolio. You can find out how to do this by joining AED. If you are serious about a health care profession, then you need to be involved with a total program of preparation. AED membership looks good on your application by itself, but as an active member, you benefit from one of AED’s primary goals-to help inform and assist you in the whole pre-health student experience.

Membership requirements

Membership in AED is offered to pre-health students recognized to have superior scholastic achievement.

To be eligible for membership, you must have:

  • a GPA of at least 3.2 on all college course work
  • a GPA of at least 3.2 in science and math courses (BIO, CHE, PHY, MAT)
  • completed at least 3 semesters of full-time course work at an accredited college or university, including at least 1 semester at Delta State.
  • The minimum of 3 semesters must have been completed at the time of application. That is, you cannot be accepted for membership while still enrolled in the 3rd semester.

How to apply for membership

AED initiates new members each Spring. Watch for notices around the Caylor-Walters building that tell you when to put in your application. The deadline for applying is usually around the 1st of April. You can pick up an application from the Biological and Physical Sciences Division office or download one here: AED application (PDF).

Health Professions FAQ

AED has an ongoing project with the intention of providing important information to new students interested in the health professions. We are assembling a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) related to any aspect of pre-health professions programs. That FAQ will be posted on this web site as it evolves. If you have a question about admission to medical, dental, or any other health profession school; about program requirements; about what courses to take; about how to apply for professional school; about how difficult it is to get accepted; or about ANY aspect of the pre-professional program experience, please submit to us.

Email your question to Dr. Tiftickjian at You can also submit questions on paper to Dr. Tiftickjian or to any AED officer or to Ms. Knight in the Divison office, Walters 180.


Next AED meeting

November 5, 2015 – New member initiation

All pre-health students are always invited to AED meetings. You don’t have to be member to attend and participate in AED events and projects.

2015-2016 Membership

Anna Brown Derrell Hart Austin Henderson Taylor Holland Jessica Hood
Meghan Johnson Darius Kennedy Marc Leggett Haley McDonald Jacob Mercier
Doug Miller Bonnie Beth Moore Rebekah Napier-Jameson Kara Lane Nowell Katie Penton
Ben Pickard Hannah Register Cassy Taylor Judy Ulufale Andrew Van Velsor
Will Weeks

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