Alpha Epsilon Delta is a national society for students preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, osteopathic medicine, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, and other allied health professions. Founded at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, on April 28, 1926, there are over 124,000 members in 174 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
The function of the Society is to encourage and recognize academic excellence among all preprofessional health students; promote opportunities for intellectual and professional development; promote communication between various health professionals, preprofessional health students and educators; provide a vehicle for students with similar interests to achieve common goals; use resources to benefit members, health organizations, charities, the community, and others; promote appreciation of preprofessional health education; and to offer a program of service to benefit the college/university community.
Alpha Epsilon Delta is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and an affiliated society of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
History of AED
On April 28, 1926, fifteen premedical students at the University of Alabama met with Dr. Jack Montgomery, premedical advisor and professor of organic chemistry, to formalize the organization of a new premedical honor society. Baylor University, Samford University, The University of Texas, and the University of South Carolina established chapters in 1928/29. At the first national convention at the University of Alabama on April 18, 1930, ten members representing five chapters and one petitioning group were in attendance. From these modest beginnings, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) has today become the world's largest Honor Society exclusively serving premedical education, with a membership exceeding 124,000 in 174 chapters. In 1949, AED was incorporated in the State of Michigan. In February 1962, the Society was reincorporated in the District of Columbia as a non-profit, educational organization.
The motto is incorporated in the name: Alpha Epsilon Delta - Truth I Pursue
A hexagonal key or pin, on the face of which is inscribed AED in a longitudinal column. The shape reminiscent of the benzene ring indicates the marked leaning of this order toward the study of organic chemistry.
Crest: An open book debruised by a death's head above a wreath of the colors
Arms: A silver shield bearing a black caduceus below a red Greek cross. The shield is surmounted by an esquire's helmet and draped with a mantling of scroll work.
Motto: Alpha Epsilon Delta, written in upper and lower case Greek letters. A seal consisting of an outlined benzene ring surrounded by a paneled border, containing the words: "Alpha Epsilon Delta, Founded 1926." A cloth patch bearing the coat-of-arms of the society.
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