Division of Mathematics & Sciences

Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED)

AED crest

AED (National AED office) 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.

Faculty Advisor – Dr. Séverine Groh

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

If you are a pre-health professions student at DSU, you can apply for AED membership at anytime as long as you meet the requirements listed above. Students are accepted into the society as soon AED confirms that they meet the requirements. An official initiation ceremony happens each Spring to officially induct new members. You can pick up an application from the Department of Biological Sciences office or download one here:

Submit your completed application to the AED faculty advisor or to the department office.