Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an honorary society whose membership consists of outstanding undergraduates and graduate students in Computing Science. It is the first, and only, existing national honor society in the Computing Sciences. UPE was first organized at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 1967. The International Organization now consists of chapters in major schools throughout the world that offer a degree in a Computing Science-related discipline. Its members are not only chosen for their scholastic achievement, but also for distinguishing themselves as true professionals by meeting the standards of the society. The original goals of the society are still highlighted today. They include:
- The recognition of outstanding talent in the field of Computing Science;
- The promotion of high scholarship in Computing Science;
- The establishment and maintenance of high standards in Computing Science;
- The representation of Computing Science in interdisciplinary communications;
- The encouragement of individual contributions to society through Computing Science.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon has received the following endorsement from the Association for Computing Machinery:
The Association for Computing Machinery has endorsed the UPE concept and has agreed to encourage its spread to other universities through student chapters of ACM.
In 1992, UPE received formal endorsement by the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society:
Moved that the Board of Governors of IEEE Computer Society endorse Upsilon Pi Epsilon as an honor society for the computing sciences.
In 1997, UPE was admitted as a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the parent organization for all academic honor societies in North America.
In 1998, ACM began offering the “ACM Student Power Package” free to newly inducted UPE members, which includes a personal subscription to ACM’s Digital Library, print and on-line subscriptions to Communications of the ACM and Crossroads, a free “acm.org” email forward address, and entry in ACM’s Membership Directory.
Visit UPE’s webpage at http://upe.acm.org