Phi Sigma Rho

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Phi Sigma Rho Sorority
Founded September 24, 1984; 33 years ago (1984-09-24)
Purdue University
Type Social
Motto "Together we build the future"
Colors Wine red and silver          
Symbol Star and pyramid
Flower Orchid
Jewel Pearl
Mascot Sigmand the penguin
Philanthropy Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Chapters 33
Colonies 5

Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology. The sorority was founded in 1984 at Purdue University by two young women. The first chapter of Phi Sigma Rho was installed on September 24, 1984, with 10 charter members.


[1] Phi Sigma Rho was founded in 1984 by Rashmi Khanna and Abby McDonald at Purdue University. Khanna and McDonald were unable to participate in traditional sorority rushes due to the demands of their engineering program, so they decided to start their own sorority instead. The Alpha chapter was founded with ten charter members: Gail Bonney, Anita Chatterjea, Ann Cullinan, Pam Kabbes, Rashmi Khanna, Abby McDonald, Christine Mooney, Tina Kershner, Michelle Self, and Kathy Vargo.

Since the founding of the Alpha chapter in 1984, Phi Sigma Rho has grown to thirty three chapters nationally.


[2] Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in technical studies serving members and the community by promoting:

  • High standards of personal integrity, respect, and character,
  • Lifelong bonds of sisterhood, and
  • Academic and professional excellence with a social balance

Through shared experiences, common bonds, and recognition of service and achievement.


[2] The objectives of the Sorority, which apply to all members, are:

  • To foster and provide the broadening experience of sorority living with its social and moral challenges and responsibilities for the individual and the chapter.
  • To develop the highest standard of personal integrity and character.
  • To promote academic excellence and support personal achievement, while providing a social balance.
  • To aid the individual in the transition from academic to the professional community.
  • To maintain sorority involvement with the alma mater and the community through responsible participation.
  • To maintain the bond of sisterhood with alumnae members through communication, consultation, and participation in Sorority functions.

Chapters and Colonies


Chapter Greek University[3] Location Status
Alpha Α Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Active
Beta Β The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Active
Gamma Γ The University of Dayton Dayton, OH Active
Delta Δ The University of Toledo Toledo, OH Active
Epsilon Ε The University of Kentucky Lexington, KY Active
Zeta Ζ The University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Active
Eta Η The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Active
Theta Θ The University of Connecticut Storrs, CT Active
Iota Ι Ohio Northern University Ada, OH Active
Kappa Κ The University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR Active
Lambda Λ Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania Active
Mu Μ University of Washington Seattle, WA Active
Nu Ν The University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Active
Xi Ξ Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, NJ/ Piscataway, NJ Active
Omicron Ο Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH Active
Pi Π University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA Active
Rho Ρ Missouri University of Science & Technology Rolla, MO Active
Sigma Σ Oregon State University Corvallis, OR Active
Tau Τ The University of Florida Gainesville, FL Active
Upsilon Υ The University of Houston Houston, TX Active
Phi Φ Howard University Washington, DC Active
Chi X University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA Active
Psi Ψ California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona, CA Active
Omega Ω Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Inactive - Recolonizing
Alpha Alpha AA Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH Active
Alpha Beta AB The University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Active
Alpha Gamma University of Louisville Louisville, KY Active
Alpha Delta Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Active
Alpha Epsilon AE University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana-Champaign, IL Active
Alpha Zeta AZ Wright State University Dayton, OH Active
Alpha Eta AH Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Active
Alpha Theta University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Active
Alpha Iota AI Penn State Erie, The Behrend College Erie, PA Active
Alpha Kappa AK University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Active


University[3] Location Status
Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Colony
Boise State University Boise, ID Colony
University of Colorado, Boulder Boulder, CO Colony
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Colony
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA Colony

External links


  1. "STORY OF OUR FOUNDERS". Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "OUR ORGANIZATION". Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "PHI RHOS NEAR YOU". Retrieved 29 February 2016.