Welcome to the Gamma Alpha Chapter!

Affiliated with the Loma Linda University School of Nursing

The History of Gamma Alpha Chapter 
Sigma Theta Tau International

Chartered on April 11, 1976
71st Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
4th Chapter in California
1st Chapter in Southern California
1st in SDA Higher Education

An honor society that would recognize excellence in the student body of Loma Linda University School of Nursing (LLUSN) and nursing leaders in the community was a vision of Dr. Marilyn Christian, Dean of LLUSN.  She appointed faculty members, Dr. Patricia Foster and Dorothy MartinMS, to initiate the process of a steering committee of faculty, students, and alumni.

The initial work of dialoguing with University administrators, the school of nursing student body, developing bylaws and criteria for eligibility for membership, and obtaining the information required for application by the national organization took a full year. 

The National organization (later to become International) accepted the application in the fall of 1975 and instructions were given for the planning of the chartering inauguration.  A site visit by a National Officer to verify and approve the application for inclusion in Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing was required prior to the official vote to induct LLUSN as a site for a chapter.


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  • Call For Awards Applications 2021

    Call for Awards Applications


    The Gamma Alpha Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Global Nursing Excellence would like to share with you that we have several annual awards, research grants and scholarships available for Loma Linda University graduate and undergraduate nursing students and nurses who are members.  A list of available awards are as follows:

    Monetary Awards

                Excellence in Clinical Practice

                Excellence in Education

                Excellence in Leadership

                Excellence in Mentoring

                Excellence in Research

                Excellence in Writing


                Friend of Nursing

    Grants and Scholarships

                Research Grant

                LLUSN Graduate Student Scholarship

                LLUSN Undergraduate Nursing Student     Scholarship

    We invite you to consider applying or nominating someone for one of the above awards.  You will find a detailed list of information regarding qualifications for each award and the application online through the Loma Linda University School of Nursing website at (scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page for the application and follow the directions carefully):


    Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, May 19 by 6pm.  Awardees will be notified by letter, announced at the online Induction Ceremony and will be able to receive their award from me at the School of Nursing.

    If you have any questions, please contact Karen Ripley at kripley@llu.edu.

    Thank You,

                The Gamma Alpha Awards Committee
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