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Phi Theta Kappa

What is Phi Theta Kappa?

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the largest honour society in higher education, serving 1,250 two-year colleges around the world and offering exclusive programs and benefits to its members. Chapters of Phi Theta Kappa have been recognizing and encouraging academic excellence and leadership in North America and abroad since 1918.

SAIT became a chartered Society of PTK in May 2010 and was given the chapter name, Beta Sigma Tau. SAIT is only the third Canadian institution and the first Canadian polytechnic to be chartered into Phi Theta Kappa. Including alumni, SAIT’s chapter currently sits at more than 3,000 members.

Phi Theta Kappa - Beta Sigma Tau 2021 Induction Ceremony

Become a member

Membership in PTK means you are part of a special group of college scholars. PTK not only recognizes the academic achievements of students but offers a variety of opportunities both academically and in the community, including:

  • exclusive scholarships
  • online transfer tools for universities and other post-secondary institutions
  • educational seminars and conferences
  • networking with fellow scholars at home and around the world
  • business skills development
  • community initiatives at SAIT and in the community at large.

A grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 (lowered to 3.7 while under COVID-19 restrictions) or higher at the completion of four semester-length courses is required to be eligible for PTK. There is a one-time membership fee of $90, offering membership at the local, regional and international levels.

Did you know? SAIT’s PTK society is a five-star chapter — the highest rating awarded by PTK.

Your academic excellence is recognized by a Golden Key membership pin, gold-embossed membership certificate, and membership ID card, all of which you will receive upon induction into the SAIT chapter. Members in good standing are also recognized at SAIT’s graduation ceremony.

“Becoming involved and graduating with Phi Theta Kappa has been the most rewarding post-secondary experience I ever dreamed possible.”

Deanna Balla
Former SAIT chapter president

Already a PTK member? Get involved!

Looking for ways to get involved with Beta Sigma Tau? Then check out these opportunities. Grow your leadership skills while making a difference.

The VP is responsible to create, plan, and execute fundraising and awareness events. This requires a creative and enthusiastic individual that enjoys actively promoting Phi Theta Kappa while creating events that will be successful in fulfilling its purposes. This individual must participate and sometimes host the events alongside the President and being conscious of taking advantage of seasonal opportunities of promotion, awareness weeks, etc. The VP works with the President to document events and advertise on social media, which may include a Facebook page, Instagram account and website. The VP of Marketing must be present at meetings and 60-70% of all other events and projects.

Executive positions require commitment and dedication for a one-year term (pro-rated to April 30, 2022) and must be held by a PTK member currently attending SAIT. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to student.engagement@sait.ca. This position is a recognized Co-curricular Record (CCR) activity.

Our Chapter is looking for two PTK students to join the Honours in Action team! In our quest to achieve 5 Star level status, you will assist with the writing of a research paper targeting a community issue that aligns with a PTK honours topic. The paper must be submitted to PTK headquarters by January 19, 2022. From this research, a community project will be created and overseen by Chapter members.

Applicants must be a PTK member currently attending SAIT and have an interest in writing. Successful candidates must be available to meet twice a month, and able to communicate via Teams. All meetings and communication will take place online. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to student.engagement@sait.ca. This position is a recognized co-curricular Record (CCR) activity.


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