Alpha Epsilon Delta (Florida Alpha Chapter) is one of the University of Florida's most respected organizations and most renowned chapters in the U.S. We are a pre-professional honor society dedicated to providing unique community service opportunities and guidance throughout the undergraduate process.
AED participates in over 100 projects each year in affiliation with American Cancer Society, Alachua County Health Department, Shands Hospital, Alachua County Humane Society, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to name a few. Members also benefit from prestigious speakers, professional shadowing, test banks, interaction with professional students and admissions officers, and assistance with the standardized test/application processes.
AED members enjoy group activities including intramural sports and sponsored socials. Essentially, our organization's purpose is to make it easier for pre-health students to attain their lifelong goal: Becoming A Health Professional. We welcome all pre-health students and accept members from every race, gender, age, creed, and nationality.
AED functions both as an Honor Society and service organization. This dual role is reflected in the societal structure and chapter activities. Chapters may be established in four-year degree-granting accredited colleges and universities. The national convention, held biennially, is the governing body of AED. All members are invited to attend and participate in its program. The National Officers, with the cooperation of the host chapter and Regional Director, arrange the place, date and program of the convention. One official delegate represents each active chapter at the convention. The official chapter delegates constitute the voting members at the business sessions during the convention. AED is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
On April 28, 1926, fifteen premedical students at the University of Alabama met with Dr. Jack Montgomery; premedical advisor and professor of organic chemistry, to formalize the organization of a new premedical honor society. Baylor University, Samford University, the University of Texas, and the University of South Carolina established chapters in 1928/29. At the first national convention at the University of Alabama on April 18, 1930, ten members representing five chapters and one petitioning group were in attendance. From these modest beginnings, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) has today become the world's largest Honor Society exclusively serving pre-health education, with a membership exceeding 144,000 in 186 chapters.
The Florida Alpha chapter at the University of Florida was founded on May 3rd, 1930
The mission of the Society is to encourage and recognize excellence in pre-health scholarship; to stimulate an appreciation of the importance of pre-health education; to promote communication between health and pre-health students and educators; to provide a forum for students with common interests; and to use its resources to benefit health organizations, charities and the community.