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.


Congratulations to the Beta Gamma Sigma Rutgers- New Brunswick Chapter for winning the Gold Chapter Award for 2017!

Dean Markowitz proudly holds the BGS Gold Chapter Cup after receiving it at a conference in Houston, Texas.


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


2016-2017 Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees! Members inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma hold a lifetime membership which go beyond the walls of the University


2017 – 2018 Beta Gamma Sigma Board Members

Kayla Broyles

Monica Sung

Phoebe Mak
Vice president

Joseph Iannini

Erik Rasmussen
Director of Corporate Planning

Kyla Tiernen
Mentorship Chair

Elaine Lee


Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Advisors

Helen Pensavalle
RBS - NB beta gamma sigma chapter advisor

Michelle Tomitz
RBS - NB beta gamma sigma chapter advisor



Are you interested in becoming a board member for 2018-2019 Academic Year?

Please check back here in March 2018 to download the Beta Gamma Sigma Board Member Application to become a board member for the 2018-2019 academic year..


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.


Rutgers Business School, Beta Gamma Sigma Faculty Members

Alexander Amati - Finance Department
Ivan Brick - Finance Department
David Dreyfus - Supply Chain Management Department
Peter Gillett - Accounting Department
Hussein Issa - Accounting Department
Sharan Jagpal - Marketing Department
Rosa Oppenheim - Supply Chain Management Department
Arnold Pollack - Marketing Department
Jay Soled - Accounting Department
Ben Sopranzetti - Finance Department
Eugene Spiegle - Supply Chain Management Department
Chanta Thomas - Accounting Department
Evan Wasserman - Accounting Department


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

Beta Gamma Sigma Rutgers-New Brunswick Chapter is a growing organization. The board and chapter advisors actively work to discover new benefits for members and are open to new ideas. If you are a current BGS member and have a suggestion, we encourage you to reach out to either one of the co-presidents or advisors (contact information listed above).

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. Dates, times, and details on all service events and general meetings will be released in the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester and will be posted here.


Rutgers-New Brunswick Chapter Service Opportunities

Members of Beta Gamma Sigma collectively assemble sets of plastic utensils for the local anti-hunger agency, Elijah’s Promise, during the Thanksgiving season.


Members of BGS prepare hot waffles for the local community on Rutgers Day in exchange for a $2 donation to raise money for Make-a-Wish New Jersey.


Each year, Beta Gamma Sigma participates in and supports the Big Chill, an annual Rutgers charity race that collects toys for unfortunate children in our local community. Several Beta Gamma Sigma and Rutgers Business School students prepare to run the Big Chill race on December 3, 2016 wearing their “R Business” hats and gloves.


Tapping Ceremonies, a new Rutgers-New Brunswick Chapter Tradition

Beginning in the Fall 2014 semester, Dean Markowitz and the BGS Academic Advisors decided to participate in the Tapping Ceremonies where Dean Markowitz visits select business classes to hand-deliver invitations to students in the top 10% of his or her class to join Beta Gamma Sigma. The tapping ceremonies typically take no longer than 10 minutes. Because of the success that the Fall 2014 tapping ceremonies brought to the chapter, they have now become an RBS tradition! The tapping ceremonies are now performed during both the fall and spring semester of each academic year. Not every student that is eligible to join Beta Gamma Sigma is tapped due to the logistics of organizing the tapping ceremonies but all students will receive their invitations signed by Dean Markowitz in the mail and via his/her Rutgers email address.

Dean Markowitz rings the Rutgers Business School bell 6 times prior to the beginning of the tapping ceremony to signify the 6 majors that RBS offers.


Dean Markowitz poses with prospective and current Beta Gamma Sigma members after a tapping ceremony. All current members are required to wear BGS t shirts to each tapping ceremony to display the pride they have for being a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.


Beta Gamma Sigma Mentorship Program

Mentoring is a process in which a more experienced individual helps another person develop and reach his or her goals and skills through active, one-on-one interaction. Mentors will have the opportunity to share his or her wisdom and experiences with a mentee and be a positive role model and advocate for the mentee’s growth here at RBS.

The Beta Gamma Sigma Mentorship program links established and experienced BGS members with underclassman mentees who are looking to gain support and encouragement regarding his or her academic and personal growth. The BGS mentors are expected to take mentees “under his or her wing” and guide them through any aspect of the mentee’s personal and/or professional life. The Mentorship Chair, Kyla Tiernan, will match Beta Gamma Sigma mentors with underclassman at RBS who are in the need of a mentor in the beginning of September 2017. If you are a BGS member and interested in becoming a mentor or are an RBS student looking for a mentor, you may reach Kyla Tiernan at to inquire about the program. Otherwise, an email will be released in the beginning of the Fall semester to all underclassman (Freshman and Sophomores) regarding the mentorship program and how you can become a mentee. Please note that there will be a “first come, first serve” basis for all mentees since there will be a limited amount of mentors available. BGS members who are interested in becoming a mentor will receive “1” participation point out of the 2 that is required each academic year.

Throughout the year, Beta Gamma Sigma holds several events to help cultivate the relationship between mentees and mentors. Check back here in September 2017 for a list of events.


Social Media

Beta Gamma Sigma is now on Instagram! Follow us @rutgersbgs to stay connected to the chapter. We also encourage all members to follow our chapter on Facebook to stay “in the know” about new events, opportunities and accomplishments.

Beta Gamma Sigma Awards

2016 -2017 Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion Award

Jeff Su

2016 -2017 Beta Gamma Sigma International Scholarship

Erik Rasmussen


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions related to Beta Gamma Sigma as a whole that are not answered here, please feel free to contact BGS Headquarters at If you have chapter-specific questions, please reach out to either BGS advisor, Helen Pensavalle at or Michelle Tomitz at

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. The one-time fee to join Rutgers Business School New Brunswick Chapter is $75.

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
11814 Borman Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

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 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.