The most explicit requirement for membership is distinguished scholarship; however, high grades alone are not enough. We also expect our initiates to have exceptional character and we host events that are designed to help foster this. Initiation and membership in Tau Beta Pi is evidence of personal integrity, a wide range of interests, adaptability, and unselfish participation in community and volunteer activities.

Below is a summary of the requirements that are also stated in detail in the Fall 2021 Initiate Handbook.

Undergraduate Initiate Requirements (Fall 2021)

In order to be invited to join TBP, an engineer must be in the top 1/8 of the Junior class or top 1/5 of the Senior class (this is determined by credit hours).

Initiate Social

The Initiate Social will be in-person at the Illini Union Room A on Sunday, September 5, 2021 from 12-2pm. You’ll meet your fellow initiates and the officer board, enjoy food on us, and earn 1 social credit.  Attendance is mandatory. Email Anna (annam4@illinois.edu) and Simon (sbalisi2@illinois.edu) if you can’t attend.

Informal Interview

You will be asked to have an interview with our current members. The purpose of the interview is not to judge your eligibility to be inducted into Tau Beta Pi, but to allow our current members and board members to know you better. It will last for 15 minutes and take place in-person in our office. Interviews will be scheduled for weeknights, September 7-16, 2021 (excluding Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) from 6-8pm. Sign ups will be sent out in the newsletter.

Initiation Fee

There is an initiation fee of $100 that must be turned in by September 17, 2021. This can be submitted through the TBP store. Make sure to take a screenshot of the payment and email it to Brady (bradenm3@illinois.edu). See the Initiate Handbook for a breakdown of the fee.

Credit Hour Requirement

You will need a total of 7 hours to initiate. One of these hours is earned through the Initiate Social. Of the 6 additional credits, you must have at least 1 credit from each category: social, professional, and service. See the Events page for opportunities to earn credits and the Undergraduate tab of the Point Tracking Sheet to check your credit hours.

Bent Polishing

Bent Polishing has been a part of our chapter initiation for some years now.  It is one of the best parts of the initiation process; it is the first place you really get to know other initiates and officers while taking pride in your election. Specific times when you may come to the office to polish your bent will be sent out in the newsletter. The bent must be polished between September 20-23, 2021.

Resume

As we are a professional organization, we receive many requests for the resumes of our members. The resume must be emailed to tbp@illinois.edu by Friday, October 1, 2021.

Initiation Ceremony

The ceremony will be on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10am. Details will be sent out at a later time.

Graduate Initiate Requirements (Fall 2021)

In order to join, you must have been enrolled for one semester with a GPA of 3.75 or higher and completed 50% of the coursework and research by the time you submit your application (determined by the primary academic advisor).

Initiation Fee

There is an initiation fee of $100 ($70 for online graduates) that must be turned in by Friday, September 17, 2021. This can be submitted through the TBP store. Make sure to take a screenshot of the payment and email it to Brady (bradenm3@illinois.edu). See the Initiate Handbook for a breakdown of the fee.

Credit Hour Requirement

You will need a total of 3 hours to initiate, 2 credits in any category (social, professional, or service) and 1 service credit or professional credit in order to initiate. See the Events page for opportunities to earn credits and the Graduate tab of the Point Tracking Sheet to check your credit hours.

For online students: You can either complete the 3 hours as described above or choose to design, record, and submit a 5-10 minute video for our chapter’s YouTube channel. This content of the video should be academic (simplified explanation of your research, “how-to” guide for a topic in your field, etc.). This must be complete by November 19, 2021. More details regarding the video can be found here.

Recommendation Letter

All graduate initiates must submit a one page letter of recommendation from their primary academic advisor. Letter must explicitly include confirmation of 50% degree completion and GPA > 3.75 in addition to recommending you to the society. Submit it through this form by Friday, September 17, 2021.

Report of Eligibility

Complete this form as described in the Fall 2021 Graduate Initiate Checklist in the Initiate Handbook. Submit to Aravind through this form by Friday, September 17, 2021.

Initiation Ceremony

The ceremony will be on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10am. Details will be sent out at a later time.