By Luke Araujo | Personal editor
the Texas Beta Chapter of Delta Epsilon Alphafounded in 1929, is Baylor’s only pre-health honor society.
Tyler Senior Cody Olson, Chapter President, said the organization is primarily a community of pre-health students.
“Our goal is not only to help each other grow professionally but supporting each other in solidarity as we face the difficult career path we face,” Olson said.
As part of this, members have many opportunitiesopportunities to engage in research and gain first-hand experience. The organization organizes various events, such as weekly social activities, general meetings, scholarships, global health events and networking events.
Houston junior Srikhar Chilukuri, vice president of the service, said the organization also includes faith-related events in its weekly routine.
“We have weekly service and large service events that usually take place on Fridays or Saturdays,” Chilukuri said. “Those [events] sometimes vary, but this semester and last semester there was almost one every week as well.
Apart from the weekly events, the organization holds an annual event called the Pre-Health Symposium.
“It’s a really big pre-health event that we do every year, usually at the end of February,” Olson said. “We invite vocational schools from across the country to speak with us. It’s a great opportunity for networking and a good moment for people to understand what are medical schools, veterinary schools and dental schools in Texas and beyond.
The Baylor chapter is linked to the national organization Alpha Epsilon Delta, which Olson says brings “instant recognition” to medical schools and other programs.
“AED is known,” Olson said. “We carry this goodwill with us. We are an honor society, and the effect we have in an application process and an interview process sets us apart from other organizations. However, we are not an honor society in the sense that we are conceited in this regard. We are truly a community.
While the Baylor Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta is not defined by the honor society label, the organization still embraces honor society values.
“We always try to encourage academic excellence, one of our pillars,” Chilukuri said. “Service is another of our pillars. Covering the basics that anyone in a pre-health profession should get involved in, which is why we are associated with the Pre-Health Society.
For those seeking to join the organization, the new member process lasts five weeks, beginning directly after admission. During this process, new members have separate weekly meetings and social events outside of the general body.
“Now is the time for the cohort of new members, which typically numbers 30 each semester, to come together,” Olson said. “That’s how when they enter the general mix, they already have strong ties to their cohort of students. My new member process was one of my favorite parts of my undergraduate experience. »
“Being part of Alpha Epsilon Delta was the best part of my undergraduate experience,” Olson said. “It’s the best thing I’ve done. If other people may have an experience half as great as mine was, it would like were worth it.