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Phi Sigma Rho
FoundedSeptember 24, 1984; 37 years ago (1984-09-24)
Purdue University
Mission statementPhi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women and non binary persons in engineering and technical studies, serving our sisters 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.[1]
Vision statementTo be the foremost sorority for women and nonbinary persons in engineering and technical studies.
Motto"Together we build the future"
Slogan"Re-engineering Sorority life"
ColorsWine red and silver    
SymbolStar and pyramid
MascotSigmand the penguin
PhilanthropyLeukemia & Lymphoma Society
CharteredSeptember 24, 1984 at West Lafayette, IN
Members> 2,500 collegiate
> 12,000 lifetime
HeadquartersP.O. Box 5307
Northville, Michigan

Phi Sigma Rho (ΦΣΡ), also known as Phi Rho or PSR, is a social sorority for women in science, engineering, and engineering technologies. The sorority was founded in 1984 at Purdue University. The first chapter of Phi Sigma Rho was installed on September 24, 1984, with 10 charter members. It has since expanded across the United States.

Phi Sigma Rho Headquarters are located in Northville, Michigan. The sorority is actively expanding in the United States and Canada.


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 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.[2]

Since the founding of the Alpha chapter in 1984, Phi Sigma Rho has grown to forty-six chapters nationally.[3]

Phi Sigma Rho accepts students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics who identify as female or who identify as non-binary.


[4] Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology serving members and the community by promoting:

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

Qualities of Sisterhood

[5]Each woman admitted to membership in Phi Sigma Rho is believed to be: A woman of good character... with friendly personality and encouraging disposition A student of scholarship... with the ingenuity, ambition, inner strength and endurance to meet life's challenges An individual possessed of optimism and respect for diversity...having a deep sense of personal responsibility, integrity and loyalty.


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

Start a New Chapter

[7]Phi Sigma Rho was founded in 1984 as a social sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology. United by the common goal of our profession, we work to balance the demands of our major with the fun of Greek life. With camaraderie and the support of our sisters, we come together to create an energy that amplifies for the purpose of lifting up our sisters, our colleges and our communities to unprecedented heights. PhiRho: Re-Engineering Sorority Life.

Each year Phi Sigma Rho searches for new members who uphold our values of friendship, scholarship, and encouragement through the Phi Rho Way. Membership in Phi Sigma Rho connects you to an entire network of like-minded individuals who lift one another up to unprecedented heights. If you're looking for a life experience instead of only an education, consider joining Phi Sigma Rho to meet not only your sisters, but your people.

How do I start a new chapter? Phi Sigma Rho is always seeking opportunities for growth. Through our growth process, we carefully evaluate potential new colleges and universities and lead interested students through the process of becoming a chapter.

If you attend a school where a Phi Sigma Rho chapter has not previously existed and are interested in starting a chapter on your campus, we encourage you to reach out to our Headquarters Staff or Vice President of Extension to get started.

Chapters, Prospective Chapters, Interest Groups

[8]The tables below hold information about all of the Phi Sigma Rho chapters, prospective chapters and interest groups listed on the organization's official website.


Chapter Greek University Location Status
Alpha Α Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Active
Beta Β 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, PA 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 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 Inactive
Omega Ω Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Active
Alpha Alpha ΑΑ Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH Active
Alpha Beta ΑΒ The University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Active
Alpha Gamma ΑΓ University of Louisville Louisville, KY Active
Alpha Delta ΑΔ Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Active
Alpha Epsilon ΑΕ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana-Champaign, IL Active
Alpha Zeta ΑΖ Wright State University Dayton, OH Inactive
Alpha Eta ΑΗ Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Active
Alpha Theta ΑΘ University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Active
Alpha Iota ΑΙ Penn State Erie, The Behrend College Erie, PA Active
Alpha Kappa ΑΚ University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Active
Alpha Lambda ΑΛ Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Active
Alpha Mu ΑΜ University of Colorado, Boulder Boulder, CO Active
Alpha Nu ΑΝ Boise State University Boise, ID Active
Alpha Xi ΑΞ University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA Active
Alpha Omicron ΑΟ University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY Active
Alpha Pi ΑΠ University of Wyoming Laramie, WY Active
Alpha Rho ΑΡ Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA Active
Alpha Sigma ΑΣ University of Nevada, Reno Reno, NV Active
Alpha Tau ΑΤ Northeastern University Boston, MA Active
Alpha Upsilon ΑΥ Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH Active
Alpha Phi ΑΦ Texas A&M University College Station, TX Active
Alpha Chi ΑΧ Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Active
Alpha Psi ΑΨ Purdue University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN Active

Prospective Chapters

University Location Status

Interest Groups

University Location Status
University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Interest Group
University of Akron Akron, Ohio Interest Group
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico Interest Group
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama Interest Group


[9] The Phi Sigma Rho Headquarters is located in southeastern Michigan. The sorority has two full time staff members, Gabrielle Salazar, the Executive Director, and Caitlin LaFontaine, the Assistant Executive Director. The National Board has eight members - a President, Vice President of Standards, Vice President of Communications, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Alumnae Engagement, Vice President of Member Services, Vice President of Collegiate Affairs and Vice President of Extension.


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