Phi Sigma Rho Returns to VCU

Richmond, VA (February 13, 2017) - A chapter of Phi Sigma Rho, a sorority for women in engineering, was reinstalled at Virginia Commonwealth University this month.

Chapter President Caitlyn Elder said, “When I found Phi Rho at VCU, I knew it was something special, especially for a woman just starting engineering school.”

The chapter had originally been established at the school in 2011, Elder said, but later went inactive. In 2014, two students restarted the group by forming VCU Colony of Phi Sigma Rho with 11 members. By adding new classes each year, the group completed the steps for reinstallation. “With 26 candidates on February 4, 2017, the Omega chapter of Phi Sigma Rho on the VCU campus was reinstalled and all the active members were initiated,” she said.

“It was a year of hard work, but I wouldn't have wanted to complete this journey with anyone other than my sisters.”

Phi Sigma Rho, which focuses on personal integrity, academic excellence and friendship, was founded in 1984 by two students at Purdue University who were unable to participate in traditional sorority rushes because of the demands of their engineering program.

Lorraine M. Parker, Ph.D., director of diversity and student programs at the VCU School of Engineering, said, “A large part of retaining students is providing them with a community to which they feel they belong. Phi Sigma Rho does an excellent job of doing this for women in engineering.”

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