October 2 Submission Deadline: Sigma Delta Pi’s Call for Student Papers on Chapter “Best Practices” for the 106th AATSP, June 29-July 2, 2024

Sigma Delta Pi

Call for Student Papers
for Sigma Delta Pi’s 12th Annual “Best Practices”  Session
at the 106th Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Portland, OR
June 29-July 2, 2024

Student Members of active Sigma Delta Pi chapters are invited to submit a proposal for a 15-minute presentation on your chapter’s “best practices” that focuses on Sigma Delta Pi activities at your local institution.  We strongly encourage proposals from current student members who are actively involved in initiating, organizing, executing and/or participating in Sigma Delta Pi activities at their institutions.  Members who have already graduated at the time of application may not apply.

By Monday, October 2, 2023, please e-mail the following to

1) your full name
2) name of your Sigma Delta Pi chapter and college/university
3) name of your chapter adviser
4) title of your proposed presentation
5) summary of your proposed presentation (no longer than 150 words)

3-4 papers will be selected from the submissions received, and the student presenters will be notified in early December 2023. 

A student whose paper is selected for presentation will receive a $300 travel stipend plus paid conference registration courtesy of Sigma Delta Pi and complimentary student membership in AATSP courtesy of the AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese).  However, the same student is expected to secure travel-related funding for all remaining expenses through their college/university, either via the academic departments, the dean’s or provost’s office, the office of student activities, or other institutional sources.   Colleges/universities often provide funding for students presenting at conferences.  Your chapter adviser can assist you with exploring these funding options.  Sigma Delta Pi is unable to provide monetary support beyond the $300 travel stipend and conference registration per selected student.

For information on the AATSP conference in summer 2024, please visit the website:

Any questions should be directed to

Consult Sigma Delta Pi’s calendar for activities and deadlines:

Chapter Planning for Fall 2023 Term! (PLEASE SAVE)

Sigma Delta Pi

We welcome back our Sigma Delta Pi members and chapter advisers to a new academic year! 
As you plan your chapter’s activities for this fall and beyond, please remember these important resources and opportunities:

Wishing all our chapters and members a successful and productive academic year, and please contact us with any questions:

Sigma Delta Pi Announces New Vice President of Northeast: Dr. Osvaldo Sandoval-Leon of Colgate University

Professor Sandoval-León received the Lucy F. Lee Award in 2022 for outstanding chapter adviser of the year, and he has led his student group at Colgate to three consecutive Honor Chapter distinctions (2021-23) and the Phoenix Award (2021) for “a year of extraordinary and exemplary activity as compared to the previous year.” 

We look forward to Dr. Sandoval-León’s continued leadership with Sigma Delta Pi at the regional and national levels.

Sigma Delta Pi’s International Events at the AATSP’s 105th Annual Conference, June 26-29, 2023 in Salamanca, Spain: Plan NOW for the 2024 Conference!

Did you miss Sigma Delta Pi’s various international events last month  
at the 105th Annual Conference of the AATSP?  See highlights below,
and please plan NOW to join us in 2024 for our annual members-only recognition reception
and multiple Sigma Delta Pi-sponsored sessions
at the AATSP’s 106th Annual Conference in Portland, OR.

Sigma Delta Pi and AATSP’s inaugural poetry recital. Pictured: Poet Tina Escaja of the University of Vermont.

Sigma Delta Pi’s signing of MOUs from left to right: renewed partnership with the AATSP via Executive Director Sheri Spaine Long and Executive Director Designate María Carreira;
new partnership with the Spanish Embassy via the Education Counselor for the U.S. and Canada, Jesús Fernández González; new partnership with Pulsera Project via Jillian Bonner, U.S. Administrator.

With partner Vista Higher Learning, sponsor of Sigma Delta Pi’s reception.

Sigma Delta Pi’s Student Best Practices Session featuring Gavin Byrd of Florida State University.

Sigma Delta Pi Announces National Chapter and Chapter Adviser Awards for 2023

Sigma Delta Pi is pleased to announce its latest national chapter and adviser awardees for 2023:


Honor Chapters for 2022-2023 Academic Year: 

Ignacio y Sophie Galbis Award: 

Phoenix Award: 

Lucy F. Lee Award:

Sigma Delta Pi Mourns and Remembers with Gratitude: Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian, Regional Vice-President of the Northeast

With great sadness, Sigma Delta Pi announces that yesterday Sunday morning, July 16, 2023, Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian, Sigma Delta Pi’s vice-president of the northeast and long-standing chapter adviser at St. John’s University, left us. 

“Marie-Lise,” as her many close friends and colleagues knew her, was first elected as Sigma Delta Pi’s regional vice-president of the northeast in 1989, and was in the midst of serving her latest 3-year term (2022-2025) as the longest serving national officer in our Society’s 104-year history.  As chapter adviser at St. John’s University, she distinguished herself as one of the longest serving and most accomplished Sigma Delta Pi advisers in our Society’s history with 17 Honor Chapter distinctions beginning in 1995, one Ignacio and Sophie Galbis Award in 2001 for outstanding chapter of the year, two Octavio Paz Awards in 2004 and 2007 respectively for earning the Honor Chapter distinction for each year of a triennium, and the Frida Kahlo Award in 2017 for St. John’s outstanding chapter website.  In addition, Dr. Gazarian was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi’s prestigious Orden de Don Quijote in 2001 for her exemplary contributions to the Society’s mission and Hispanism, and more recently in 2019 during the centennial celebration of the Society in San Diego, California, she was awarded the Jorge Luis Borges Award, one of Sigma Delta Pi’s highest honors for “lifetime achievement of those committed to the activities of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.”

Anyone who knew Dr. Gazarian was fully aware of her unwavering loyalty and dedication to her beloved Sigma Delta Pi, and she sought every opportunity at both the local and national levels to raise the profile of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.  
She truly embodied the mission of our organization, and she will be dearly missed but never forgotten. “Spanías Didagéi Proágomen,” Vice-President Gazarian, and may your enduring legacy continue to inspire us all for many decades to come.

Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian, second from left, at Sigma Delta Pi’s Triennial Convention in 2019
where she was awarded the Jorge Luis Borges Award for lifetime achievement.