The International Honor Society: Beta Gamma Sigma

 

Founded in 1913, the first national honor society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, and the University of California.

Today, Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society that provides the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate (graduate) program at a school accredited by AACSB International.

The Mission of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to cultivate and celebrate leadership and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members.

Beta Gamma Sigma lifetime members are truly considered the “best of the best” in business. As the highest honor attainable at an AACSB accredited school of business, membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is not only a symbol of high achievement, but also a beacon of things to come. The best predictor of future success is past success, and membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is a great indicator to potential employers that you have what it takes to perform at the highest levels.

 

The Best in Business  

Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society which recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of students enrolled in collegiate business programs accredited by the AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  Membership in the Society is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive. To be eligible for membership, the academic ranking of those considered must place them in the upper 10 percent of the sophomore, junior or senior class.

 

Student Testimonial

If I were to ask myself what would be one of the best decisions I have ever made in my college years, joining Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society would definitely be one of them. Not only has it witnessed my academic achievement in the past, but BGS has provided me with a broader platform for my future. It has been such a great pleasure and honor to meet a lot of talented students and hard-working staff in the BGS community. Being a BGS member has also given me the opportunity to get into the RBS Career Fair a half an hour earlier than it regularly starts. This definitely made a huge difference because you could network with the recruiters when their minds were fresh and clear. If you are hesitant on joining BGS or not, trust me, you should join. This would be the best decision you would ever make.

-Junfeng (Jeff) Su
Accounting, Supply Chain & Marketing Sciences, Management
Class of 2017

 

Congratulations to the Beta Gamma Sigma Rutgers New Brunswick Chapter for winning Highest Honors for the 2014-2015 academic year!


 

 

2015-2016 Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees


 

2016 – 2017 Beta Gamma Sigma Board Members

Kayla Broyles
president

kmb457@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Kelsey Carroll
Vice president

kec174@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Joseph Iannini
Secretary

jdi25@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Tiffany Yao
Director of Corporate Planning

tiffanymyao@gmail.com

Jamie Zajac
Director of Community planning

jamie.zajac@gmail.com

Monica Sung
Mentorship Chair

monica.sung.3@gmail.com

Christina Rogado
Historian
christinamarie.rogado@rutgers.edu

 


Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Advisors

Helen Pensavalle
RBS - NB beta gamma sigma chapter advisor

pensavalle@business.rutgers.edu

Michelle Tomitz
RBS - NB beta gamma sigma chapter advisor assistant
mtomitz@business.rutgers.edu

 

 

Are you interested in becoming a board member for 2017-2018 Academic Year?

Download the application here. Applications will be accepted starting March 27th, 2017 and will be accepted until April 17, 2017. Please send your completed application to Michelle Tomitz at mtomitz@business.rutgers.edu.

 

Beta Gamma Sigma Members

Seniors, Class of 2017

Neyha Asghar Neil Lakdawala
Zaryab Ayub Phillip Leytes
Sreedhar Ayyala Lihao Liang
Alexandria Basile Jasmine Lin
Shambhavi Belhe Jakub Lipczyk
Mitchell Belman Caitlin Logiudice
Jaime Berkowitz Dylan McCarty
Robert Bornstein Olena Mishchenko
Joshua Boylan Darsha Mistry
Michelle Boyland Yingxuan Mo
Valeria Brooks Jordan Nachwalter
Raymond Cabrera Amy Nufable
Kelsey Carroll Riora Ohi
Tonghong Chen Jatin Pahilajani
Richard Chesler Schatze Palen
Jasmine Cheung Marcus Pescinski
Anthony Corujo Anthony Pin
Conor Dark Lezlie Allyn Plaza
Eric Daly Rachael Ratner
David Debner Pratyusha Reddy
Lisa Dias Andrew Robinov
Michael Dirla Christina Rogado
Simonne Epstein Hiba Saleem
Brianna Galada Tejas Sattur
Cynthia Galindo-Lopez Kesia Sommerville
Chen Geng Pamela Stratton
Sanjana Goyal Junfeng Su
Melissa Granet Monica Sung
Meghan Grau Yueming Tai
Huan He Shrey Taneja
Terrence Huang Shir-el Teboul
Julia Hutnik Olivia Tomie
Patricia Hwang Esha Tripathi
Jonathan Jaffe Sameer Vinayak
Kinjal Jhaveri Feilu Wang
Steven Jones Chuyao Wei
Lauren Kelly Jing Xu
Ryan Kennedy Kathy Ye
Gagandeep Khera Jamie Zajac
Zachary Konviser Tracy Zhou
Nishil Kothary  Boyang Zhou
Sanjana Krishnakumar  John Zullo
Saaketh Krosuri  

 

Juniors, Class of 2018

Shivani Banerji Paul Ma
Bartosz Bagniewski Joseph Manley
Kayla Broyles Marcelle Mathews
Dana Cai Haley Meier
Dana Chen Harini Mekala
Francis Ciambrone Abanob Nassar
Kevin Connors Sarah Parente
Daniel Corey Ronak Parikh
Ritika Desai Arjun Patel
Olga Dovhanyuk Harsh Patel
Christopher Doyle Payal Patel
Patrick D'urso Pooja Patel
Evelyn Dziedzic Veer Pathak
Pamela Feng Xiayin Qi
Amanda Figueroa Sanandh Ravu
Stephanie Garrison Kelly Rogers
Arvind Gayam Pooja Shroff
Joseph Iannini Sumeyye Soysal
Tatum Jackson Trevor Stanton
Natalia Jouan-Benavides Kevin Tarnowski
Kealyn Engenhart Nidhi Thomas
Anika Kumar Brittany Van Name
Jason Levash Isabella Verdi
Kelly Lozo Tiffany Xi
Lawrence Lung Tiffany Yao
Vito Luppino Guangji Yea

 

Sophomores, Class of 2019

Joseph Acoury John Korn
Fatimah Ahmed Yijie Lee
Alexander Akman Caitlyn Lemasters
Jade Alexander Christopher Lind
Christine Botvinnik Phoebe Mak
Brittany Burns Aditya Makhijani
Paul Chamesian Alton Mathew
Kenny Chang Brenna Mazur
Kimberlie Chao Michael Nanchanatt
Colin Covello Sandstrom Nicolas
Christopher Cozzan Akshar Patel
Alisha Daley Anisha Patel
Dominick Dicarlo Friya Randelia
Barza Fayazi-Azad Shaun Ren
Simran Fernandes Purma Rohit
Tiffany Fong Shubham Sabnani
Benjamin Foresti Yash Sanghavi
Michelle Fu Sohum Sanghvi
Lauren Gaskel Angeline Shieh
Mariya Ghori Shreya Shirodkar
Keith Gliksman Brian Shushkovsky
Jennifer Gololobov Shannon Slough
Huiwen Guan Shannon Sun
Michelle Gudis Ravi Thaker
Ryan Haller Jessica Wang
Patrik Harsanyi Samuel Wu
Matthew Hinger Bingjie Xu
Kelly Hong Amina Zaidi
Pranav Kampani Jonathan Zimmerman
Carly Kenselaar Vishal Patel

 

To download a list of members as an Excel spreadsheet, click here.

 

Beta Gamma Sigma Membership Benefits

  • Lifetime recognition for outstanding academic achievement
  • Student Scholarship Program
  • Access to BGS CareerCentral  Job Board
  • Invitation to the biannual Student Leadership Forum
  • BGS International Exchange magazine
  • The Alumni Network – a list of international alumni chapters
  • Promotions and discounts on publications, technology, attire and more
  • Early access into RBS career fairs in both the Spring and Fall semester
  • Participation in BGS exclusive employer events

For the full list of membership benefits, please visit our website.

 

Beta Gamma Sigma Service Expectations

All Beta Gamma Sigma members are responsible for completing at least 2 of the 7 Community Service Events listed below, per academic year. Please note that participating in 2 tapping ceremonies will equate to 1 event. The Office of Undergraduate Programs will be keeping track of all events that members attend to ensure requirements are met. Details for each event will be sent out to you via email prior to the event. (Please make sure to regularly check your spam to avoid missing out on events). BGS members are also required to attend one 1 hour General Meeting per academic year.

  1. Big ChillSaturday, December 3, 2016 - Charity walk/run where participants bring in a $10 toy for needy children and participate in the event. Members must sign up at http://recreation.rutgers.edu/big-chill and sign in at RBS tent on College Ave the day of to receive RBS hat and gloves. (Fall semester)
  2. Tapping Ceremonies – Attend two, (10 minute) tapping ceremonies in an academic year at 100 Rock. Five tapping ceremonies take place each semester in early to mid-October and 5 in Late February so there are 10 to choose from each academic year. (Fall and Spring semesters)
  3. Rutgers DayApril 29, 2016 – Raise money for Make a Wish Foundation – Must volunteer at least 2 hours.  (Spring semester)
  4. Dance Marathon – (TBD) Members can volunteer the day of to assist in the marathon, Members can “dance” or Members can fundraise for the event.  (Spring semester)                                                                                                                                       
  5. Adopt a Family/Child or Food Drive – (TBD) Raise money and collect items for a family in need (Fall semester)
  6. Elijah’s Promise Utensil Assembly at the General Meeting – In both the fall and spring semester, the second half of the general meeting will consist of members assembling tableware sets for Elijah’s Promise.
  7. Mentor – Become a BGS mentor to fulfill 1 out of the 2 requirements. (Fall and Spring Semesters)

 

Rutgers Chapter Service Opportunities


Make A Wish Foundation - Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.


 

Big Chill - A unique charity 5k race that collects gifts for children for the holidays. 

 


Rutgers Day Card Making - People of all ages may design and decorate get well cards for children in local hospitals.

 

Tapping Ceremonies

During the fall 2014 semester, Dean Markowitz participated in 6 tapping ceremonies where he visited select business classes to hand-deliver invitations to students in the top 10% of his or her class to join Beta Gamma Sigma.  Because of the success that the fall 2014 tapping ceremonies brought to the chapter, they have now become an active RBS tradition! The tapping ceremonies are now performed during both the fall and spring semester.

Courtesy of Fred Stucker Photography


            

Courtesy of Fred Stucker Photography


Beta Gamma Sigma Awards

2015-2016 Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion Award

Jaskamal Gill

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact us at bgshonors@betagammasigma.org.

Q: Is Beta Gamma Sigma a fraternity, sorority, or what?
A: It is neither. Beta Gamma Sigma is a business honor society that recognizes the most outstanding students of business at institutions accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Q: How does one become a member of Beta Gamma Sigma?
A: Students are chosen by the faculty of their business schools to be invited to membership in the Society. To be eligible for invitation, students must a) be enrolled in a business program at a school accredited by AACSB International that has a chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma; and b) be in the upper 10 percent of the sophomore, junior, or senior class.

Q: Why does Beta Gamma Sigma have a membership fee if membership is considered an honor?
A: The one-time lifetime membership fee is necessary to fund the activities of the Society. There are no annual dues or fees associated with membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.

Q: Are there annual dues required to remain an active member of the organization?
A: No. There is a one-time (lifetime) membership fee to join Beta Gamma Sigma, and some chapters require an additional local fee. Beta Gamma Sigma membership is for a lifetime.

Q: How can Beta Gamma Sigma help me in my career?
A: Beta Gamma Sigma is recognized throughout the business world as the leading honor society for business and management education. Your membership in the Society shows your commitment to excellence as well as your outstanding academic record. It is appropriate to include Beta Gamma Sigma membership on one's resume. Potential employers are encouraged to contact the Central Office to verify the membership of applicants.

Q: Is there a significant service time requirement for a student who accepts the invitation to Beta Gamma Sigma?
A: No. Beta Gamma Sigma is an organization devoted to recognizing the best students of business. Individual chapters at the collegiate level may have their own programs and activities, but there is no service time or set of activities that is required for membership.

Q: Can I stay active in the organization after I graduate from college?
A: Beta Gamma Sigma has made it a priority over the last several years to provide opportunities and benefits for members who have graduated (known as alumni members). The Alumni Chapter Program is the latest and most extensive of these efforts. Beta Gamma Sigma has established an "Alumni Network" that currently covers 27 major metropolitan areas around the world.

Q: How does a member qualify for a scholarship?
A: Collegiate chapters must meet certain criteria in order to qualify to award a Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship. Once a chapter meets those criteria, the chapter itself chooses its recipient. If you are interested in a BGS Scholarship, please contact the faculty advisor or chapter representative at your school.

Q: How many members are there in Beta Gamma Sigma?
A: Currently, there are more than 700,000 Beta Gamma Sigma members in more than 160 countries.

Q: How can I update my address and other contact information with Beta Gamma Sigma?
A: There are several options to do this: Register - if you haven't already - for the BGS Online Member Directory and update your contact information or email the Central Office; or you may call the Central Office at: 1-800-337-4677; or send updates through snail mail at: Beta Gamma Sigma, 125 Weldon Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043-3101.

Q: I think that I'm a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, but I'm not sure. How can I confirm it?
A: Again, the best and quickest way to check your information (including membership status) is by sending an email to the Central Office at bgshonors@betagammasigma.org. But you can also use the phone number or mailing address provided in the preceeding answer.

Q: I was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma at a previous school. How can I transfer my membership in the Society?
A: A student must remain officially listed as a member of the chapter into which originally inducted and may not accept membership at another chapter at a later date. However, a student member of Beta Gamma Sigma, in good standing, who transfers to another school which has a collegiate chapter will be able to enjoy all the rights and privileges of the new chapter while being considered an official member of the chapter in which the student was inducted.