12th Annual Premio Mario Vargas Llosa: April 15 Nomination Deadline

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society,
and the AATSP, the American Association of Spanish and Portuguese,
announce their 12th annual

Mario Vargas Llosa Award

granted yearly to one undergraduate Spanish major or minor who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all upper-division courses completed and exemplary involvement in extra-curricular activities as related to Spanish.


  • Nominee must be a full-time undergraduate student;
  • Nominee must have completed at least six (6) upper-division courses (post intermediate level) total in Spanish language, literature and culture; at least half of ALL these upper-division courses completed must have earned grades (not “Pass/Fail”)
  • Nominee must be a member of Sigma Delta Pi;
  • Nominator must be a member of the AATSP;
  • The completed “Nomination Form” (download here) and all specified supporting materials must be submitted via e-mail by April 15, 2022.  Incomplete nominations will be disqualified.

Selection of the 2022 award will be made by a committee of leaders from both Sigma Delta Pi and the AATSP, and nominees will be selected on the basis of academic achievement in all upper-division Spanish courses completed and extra-curricular involvement as related to Spanish.

Sigma Delta Pi provides the Mario Vargas Llosa Award recipient with a plaque, the most recent issue of the María Moliner Diccionario de uso del español and one of Vargas Llosa’s novels. The AATSP organizes and hosts the award venue at their annual conference in July. Sigma Delta Pi and the AATSP will provide a travel stipend to defer costs related to attending the conference. The awardee will be announced prior to the AATSP Conference.


Sigma Delta Pi Pilots New Program: Virtual Academic Panels, CFP (also open to student members)

Sigma Delta Pi is pleased to pilot a new program to sponsor/organize virtual academic panels of our members (active student, honorary and/or chapter advisers), and hereby requests proposals for consideration.  Sigma Delta Pi may host a maximum of two (2) such events per academic year. Proposals must be sent to sdpnational@gmail.com as MS Word attachment and must include:

  • Full name of person proposing the panel (must be a confirmed member of Sigma Delta Pi)
  • Title of proposed panel and detailed description
  • Full names and institutional affiliations of organizer(s) and proposed panelists
  • Confirmation of Sigma Delta Pi membership of participants; organizers/proposers MUST be members of Sigma Delta Pi
  • Titles and brief description of each presentation


  • No more than 10 panelists per event with presentations of no more than 10 minutes each
  • Accepted panels will be scheduled during an evening or weekend within 12 months of acceptance and in coordination with the organizers/proposers
  • All organizers and panelists must commit to participating in the event
  • Scheduling will be done in coordination with Sigma Delta Pi’s Executive Committee
  • Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis (no deadlines) and will be evaluated by the Executive Committee, which reserves the right to decline any proposal

Questions and proposals: e-mail to sdpnational@gmail.com.

See Sigma Delta Pi’s recorded “conferencia virtual” on September 11, 2021:

Sigma Delta Pi in 2022: Adviser and Chapter Planning DESPITE COVID

This past fall, Sigma Delta Pi’s chapters continued to be very active with both remote and in-person initiations of new members and various creative activities. As we continue to innovate during the ongoing pandemic, and as you plan your chapter’s activities in the new year of 2022, please remember these important resources and opportunities:

Wishing all our chapters and members a successful and productive 2022, and as always, please e-mail us with any unanswered questions at sdpnational@gmail.com.

Sigma Delta Pi’s Upcoming Deadlines for National Grants and Awards: Don’t Miss These Many Opportunities!

Sigma Delta Pi’s Upcoming Deadlines

For all important Society events and deadlines, bookmark the Sigma Delta Pi Calendar at https://sigmadeltapi.org/sigma-delta-pi-calendar/

Upcoming Deadlines for 2022:

No Deadlines:

For Sigma Delta Pi merchandise (also appropriate as special gifts and chapter-based recognitions):

For regular announcements and news:

Register Now for Tomorrow’s (11/14/2021) Sigma Delta Pi Virtual “Tertulia de Ideas” to Commemorate the Society’s 102nd Birthday!

Sigma Delta Pi’s Board of Student Advisers will host a virtual, student-centered “Tertulia de Ideas” at 4:00pm EST on Sunday, November 14, 2021 to share chapter-activity ideas and commemorate the Society’s 102nd Birthday! 

Please join us next Sunday, November 14 and register:


Sigma Delta Pi National Charter Month: Register Now for Virtual “Tertulia de Ideas” on 11/14/21, the Society’s 102nd Birthday!

Sigma Delta Pi’s Board of Student Advisers will host a virtual, student-centered “Tertulia de Ideas” at 4:00pm EST on Sunday, November 14, 2021 to share chapter-activity ideas and commemorate the Society’s 102nd Birthday! 

Please join us next Sunday, November 14 and register:


Sigma Delta Pi Partners with Platino Educa for Graduate Research Grants and Free Movies for Public Showings

Sigma Delta Pi is pleased to announce its newest partner:

Platino Educa USA is sponsoring one of Sigma Delta Pi’s $2000 graduate research grants for work devoted to cinema in the Spanish-speaking world outside of the U.S. 
See https://sigmadeltapi.org/blog/awards/graduate-research-grants/ for details.

In addition, Platino Educa offers active Sigma Delta Pi chapters the opportunity to show a movie in Spanish at their institutions.
For details see https://sigmadeltapi.org/free-movie-for-public-showing/

November 2021: Sigma Delta Pi’s 102nd B-Day, National Charter Month, 8th Annual B-Day Cake Photo Competition, Other Events & Opportunities

November 2021 is Sigma Delta Pi’s 102nd B-day and National Charter Month

During all of November and to commemorate Sigma Delta Pi’s National Charter Month,
complimentary copies of T. Earle Hamilton’s 1995 Sigma Delta Pi: A Brief History, 1919-1994 (218 pp) and
LaPrade and Del Mastro’s2005 Recounting a Decade, 1995-2004 (37 pp)
will be included with each purchased, signed copy of Del Mastro’s 2020 book Sigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century: 1919-2019, available at Sigma Delta Pi’s national website: 


How is your chapter commemorating Sigma Delta Pi’s 102nd birthday in November?

Why not locate and display your chapter’s charter?:

If you have not yet held a fall 2021 initiation of new members,
why not plan an initiation ceremony in November to celebrate Sigma Delta Pi’s 102nd B-day and National Charter Month? Remember that guidelines for remote (ZOOM) ceremonies are available at:


Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 14 at 4:00pm for a national student-focused session “Tertulia de ideas de Sigma Delta Pi” that will be directed by our Board of Student Advisers via ZOOM to honor Sigma Delta Pi’s 102nd Birthday. Details forthcoming for free registration and participation.

2013 Winner: Eta Upsilon, Illinois State University

8th annual Birthday Cake Picture Competition
to celebrate Sigma Delta Pi’s 102nd birthday. To enter:

1) During this month of November, chapters are invited to e-mail a picture of their unique Sigma Delta Pi b-day cakes to sdpnational@gmail.com:  

2) The pictured cake must include a reference, etched in icing on the cake, to Sigma Delta Pi’s 102nd b-day

3) It must be an actual cake that displays the Sigma Delta Pi logo.
4) Student members must contribute to the design of the cake.

5) For the accompanying “description,” include in the text of the e-mail the name of the originating chapter and institution.  For example: “Eta Upsilon, Illinois State University.”

Each entry will be posted to our national Sigma Delta Pi Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sigmadeltapiPictures posted directly to this page will be disqualified; pictures must be e-mailed as specified above to sdpnational@gmail.com.

The winning picture will be featured during the entire month of December at Sigma Delta Pi’s FB page, and the winning chapter will receive an award plaque.  Cakes will be judged on artistic merit, originality and compliance with submission rules noted above.  The winning chapter will receive a $100 credit that may be applied to future orders placed for memberships and other materials offered directly by the national office.