Pi Theta Epsilon
Pi Theta Epsilon is the national honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni. This society recognizes and encourages superior scholarship among students enrolled in undergraduate and entry-level graduate programs of Occupational Therapy across the United States. Many of the professions’ leaders are members of the various Pi Theta Epsilon Chapters around the country.
Pi is the first letter of the Greek word for advancement.
Theta is the first letter of the Greek word for therapeutic.
Epsilon is the first letter of the Greek word for occupation.
The Alpha Eta Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon was established at USC in 1991. Candidates are selected for membership based upon their academic standing within the top 35% of their class (after two semesters of full-time study), their demonstrated leadership, and their scholarly attributes.
PTE at USC sponsors events throughout the academic year to promote student scholarship, showcase student and faculty research, and engage in interdisciplinary work.
Pi Theta Epsilon hosts an annual event to celebrate occupational therapy at USC’s Center for Occupation and Lifestyle Redesign near USC’s University Park Campus. With a day full of panelists, workshops, crafts and food, the community comes together for a lively experience that showcases the spirit of occupational therapy.
The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy co-host an annual interdisciplinary exchange. Students and practitioners explore interdisciplinary collaboration between the fields of occupational therapy and physical therapy and learn more about intervention ideas through case studies co-presented by OT/PT teams.
St. Catherine’s Challenge
Each year, Pi Theta Epsilon participates in the St. Catherine’s Challenge, a nationwide, student-led fundraiser. The money raised from events and merchandise sales goes directly to intervention research grants for occupational therapists, awarded through the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.
2019–2020 Officers | show
Co-President | Anna Solomon
Co-President | Rachel Eckerling
Vice President | Amy Yeh
Secretary | Ceci Garcia
Treasurer | Lindsey Edgell
Marketing | Trevor San Antonio
2018–2019 Officers | show
Co-President | Erin Bussell
Co-President | Emma Wallace
Vice President | Maddie Hayward
Secretary | Vanessa Miller
Treasurer | Kiara Ota
Marketing | Nicole Santos