SOM Inducts Students in International Honor Society

Posted: June 1, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Effgen

The School of Management (SOM) inducted 131 students into Beta Gamma Sigma, a business school honor society that recognizes exceptional academic performance, at its annual awards ceremony on May 14. For more than 90 years, membership in Beta Gamma Sigma has been the highest commendation a student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)International.

“This year only 131 students of more than 1,200 students in undergraduate and graduate programs were eligible to join Beta Gamma Sigma,” says James W. Harvey, associate dean of SOM. “To be eligible for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, students must rank in the upper 7 percent of their junior class, 10 percent of their senior class, or upper 20 percent of their graduate program.”

The ceremony also featured awards that recognized the outstanding student in each SOM major and graduate program. Winners in this category were selected for their demonstration of academic excellence, leadership, and school involvement. Of the various majors within SOM, graduating senior Wendy L. Liu was awarded both the Outstanding Finance Major and Outstanding Management Major awards.

Graduating undergraduate students at the top 10 percent in their academic discipline were recognized with the Excellence in the Major awards. Seventy-seven students received this award this year.

Only one-third of the business programs in the United States have earned AACSB accreditation, a “gold standard” for schools of business. “The School of Management is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 20 percent of accredited business schools in the United States,” says Harvey. “The students we acknowledged in this ceremony could have performed at the top of most business programs in America. I am proud to say they chose Mason’s business programs.”

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