Omicron Delta Epsilon @ MU

Alpha Sigma Chapter

(Pictured above - ODE Class of 2018: Jesse Adam Brubacher, Adrianna Mary Clinton, Jeremy Garling, Jack William Highfill, Aaron Michael Hill, Brandon Scott Johnson, Todd Allen Jones, James Anthony Morris, Owen Rogers Sechrist, Ashley Wong Tien) 


Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society

Omicron Delta Epsilon is one of the world's largest academic honor societies. The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics; the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within colleges and universities, and among colleges and universities; the publication of its official journal, The American Economist , and sponsoring of panels at professional meetings as well as the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions.

Currently, Omicron Delta Epsilon has 578 chapters located in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Egypt, France, and United Arab Emirates. With such a broad, international base, chapter activities vary widely, ranging from invited speakers, group discussions, dinners, meetings, etc., to special projects such as review sessions and tutoring for students in economics. Omicron Delta Epsilon plays a prominent role in the annual Honors Day celebrations at many colleges and universities.

History of Ο Δ Ε

Omicron Delta Epsilon, one of the worlds largest academic honor societies, was created in 1963 through the merger of two honor societies, Omicron Delta Gamma and Omicron Chi Epsilon. At the time of their merger, both societies had 28 chapters. Omicron Delta Gamma's chapters were primarily in the Midwestern and Pacific states while the chapters of Omicron Chi Epsilon were concentrated at Colleges and Universities along the Eastern Seaboard and in Texas.

Omicron Delta Gamma (The Order of Artus) was founded in 1915 by John R. Commons, University of Wisconsin and Frank Taussig, Harvard University through the union of the economics societies of their Universities. The intent of the society was the encouragement of a closer academic and social relationship between honor students and faculty on an informal basis, facilitating the exchange of information and views.

Omicron Chi Epsilon was the younger of the two organizations but of equal chapter strength at the time of the merger, having been founded in 1955 by Alan A. Brown while he was a student at City College of New York. From its inception, the Society sought to provide means not only to confer suitable honors on the more promising students but also to encourage scholarship by organized meetings at conferences and through the publication of its official journal.

Omicron Delta Epsilon Student Awards

To implement its objectives, Omicron Delta Epsilon sponsors the John R. Commons Award and two international competitive awards, the Irving Fisher Award and the Frank Taussig Award for ODE members, graduate, and undergraduate students, respectively. Also, each year there is recognition for acting leadership roles in local chapters in the Outstanding Student Awards. Chapters can apply for grants of up to $1500 for innovative programs.

The Frank W. Taussig Article Award is a competitive award bestowed upon the undergraduate or recent graduate in economics submitting the best article in any year. (Economics refers to both theoretical and applied economics, and students writing papers in agricultural economics or other areas of applied economics are eligible for the award as long as there is an Omicron Delta Epsilon chapter on their campus and they are members thereof.)

Who is Eligible - Anyone satisfying one of the following 3 criteria: (1) Any undergraduate student in a school with an Omicron Delta Epsilon chapter; (2) Any student who received a bachelor's degree from such a school not more than two years prior to entering the competition, and (3) Any member of Omicron Delta Epsilon who received a bachelor's degree from any school not more than two years prior to entering the competitions.

Eligible Entries - Articles may be on any topic in economics. Entries of up to 5,000 words are preferred, but up to 10,000 words are acceptable.

Nature of Award - The Frank W. Taussig Award consists of a cash prize of $1000 and publication in The American Economist. In addition, the chapter submitting the winning entry receives $200.

Procedure for Participation - Submit three copies of your entry to the Selection Committee in your department. If no Committee exists in your department, submit entry with supporting letters from two faculty members to the Chairman of the Fisher/Taussig Competitions. Electronic submissions are preferred.

Deadline - August 1 of each year.

Selection Process - One or more entries judged to be of superior quality in department competitions will be forwarded to the International Editorial Board. All entries judged to be of superior quality by this board will be entered in the final competition and will be judged by the Final Selection Board.

Award Announcement - The winner is determined December 15 each year, and is announced at the ASSA meetings in January and is published on the ODE website.

More Information - For more information, write Dr. Mary Ellen Benedict, Vice President for Competitions, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403.

2007 Frank W. Taussig Award Recipient:

Patricia (Grieggs) Selim (Class 2007) 

Patricia Grieggs was the national recipient of the Omicron Delta Epsilon Frank W. Taussig Award in 2007 for her honors thesis: Variations in Individual Decision Making: Children, Adults, and Economic Theory.  Patricia's honors thesis was published in The American Economist (2010, vol. 55, 2: pp. 124-135).  Patricia also received a monetary award of $1000, and a $200 donation was made to the Millersville Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon.  Patricia's thesis advisor was Dr. Ron Baker. 

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  • Past Inductees
    ODE Class of 2018
    Jesse Adam Brubacher
     Adrianna Mary Clinton
    Jeremy Garling
    Jack William Highfill
    Aaron Michael Hill
    Brandon Scott Johnson
     Todd Allen Jones
    James Anthony Morris
    Owen Rogers Sechrist
    Ashley Wong Tien
    ODE Class of 2017
    Sharon Baumann
    Erik Bowers
    Alexander Genova
    Jaclyn Belew
    Matthew Libonati
    Olivia Stoner
    Aaron Keglovits

    ODE Class of 2016
    Ryan Durborow
    Joshua Hay
    Michael Distasi
    Robert Hunter-Weinberger
    Kevin Lubin
    Chuong Ly
    Alana Miles
    Courtney Mills
    Julia Peoples
    Andrew Quintois
    Nicholas Savitsky
    Camden Van Scoik

    ODE Class of 2015
    Cara Clase
    David Halloran
    William Heesen
    Erin Poplar
    Aaron Rodden
    Tyler Ryan

    ODE Class of 2014
    Drew Becker
    Randy Berridge
    Alexander Costello
    Zachary Diehm
    Nathan Franklin
    Eric Pettis
    Daniel Rabiega
    Josue Ralat
    Christopher Reuling
    Logan Simmons

    ODE Class of 2013
    Liberty Clark
    Nichlas Engel
    Kira Fry
    Patrick Hollowell
    Zachary Teti
    Collin Walsh

    ODE Class of 2012
    Michael Hunter
    Kimberly Goody
    Ashley Draper
    Courtney Lawson
    Dylan Steele
    Adam Schickling
    Phouc Phan
    Matt Croyle
    Eric Moon
    Kaleb Koons
    Benjamin Shue
    Jan L. Graybill, Class of 1980*

    ODE Class of 2011
    Daniel J. Angello
    Colton Joseph Brown
    Ryan Todd Gonder
    Samuel Hall Hernandez
    Ashley Rennae McAuliffe
    Kara Marie Pendleton
    Shannon Marie Snyder
    Jeremy Arthur Spangler
    Chelsea L. Vajda
    Michael B. Weaver
    Paul Beideman, Class of 1980*

    ODE Class of 2010
    Joseph Burns
    Jillian Golomboski
    Jonathan P. Goss
    Tony Huynh
    Theresa Ann Lugara
    Javan Von Martin
    Stephen O'Neill
    Andrew Patrick
    Ryan Saxton
    Vinson Sensenig
    Joseph Sholley
    Shane Sloan
    Scott Sheely *

    ODE Class of 2009
    Christopher T. Ecker
    Erik R. Eddy
    Michael J. Fish 
    Amy M. Focht
    Kimberly A. Kutzer
    Aliese M. McArthur
    Tyler R. McConnell
    Paul N. Sayko
    Carly A. Sheridan
    Phyllicia A. Shoemaker
    Andrew D. Trout
    Courtney A. Weakland
    Diane Poillon*

    ODE Class of 2008
    Lauren Ann Barnak
    Adam Charles Cless
    Eric C. Dionysius
    Benjamin L. Frantz
    Jeffrey Gallo
    Nicole L. Hinton
    Vanessa N. Lituma
    Cody W. Mellott
    Allison Nicole Polan
    Matthew Van Wyen
    William J. Reuter*

    ODE Class of 2007
    Erik L Baker
    Christopher A Fisher
    Manmita Mangat
    Matthew R McConnell
    Erin K McNeely
    Kyle J Spicher
    James J Treires
    Greg Lefever, Class of 74*

    ODE Class of 2006
    Langdon Ramsburg
    Thomas Wesley
    Nicholas James Quinn
    Brenda Chavez
    Kyle McLaughlin
    Ryan D. Walker
    Brandon Murphy
    Scott N. Savage
    Rachel C. Marshall
    Particia Grieggs
    Kenneth Mertz II, Class of 74*

    ODE Class of 2005
    Zachary Alan Yusypchuk
    Stephen David Neili
    Danielle E. Hammons
    Lauren A Fedorka
    Mark Andrew Sutcliffe
    Andrew Smith
    Donald D. Kreisberg Jr.
    Jacqueline Tyszka
    Stephen Kepchar Jr., Class of 73*

    ODE Class of 2004
    Kristin Hunsberger
    Justin Kleinfelter
    Shannon M. Hiett
    Christopher Bourland
    Justin N. Leventry
    Michael Jason Drakeley
    Jarrod M. Rhen
    Joan Githaiga
    Bonnie Tes Chy
    Donald H. McCarty, Class of 74*

    ODE Class of 2003
    Craig A. Weeks
    Justin P. Lannan
    Jason D. Petersheim
    Angela B. Yocklovich
    Marcy L. McCullough
    Matthew K. Scheuing
    Jesse A. Ellis
    Jonathan D. Fanelli
    Lauren M Williams
    Abram W. Diffenbach, Class of 73*

    ODE Class of 2002
    Jeffrey A. Dzendzel
    Jessica M. Jurado

    ODE Class of 2001
    Michelle L. Landis
    Christopher D. Marschka
    Matthew C. Malick
    William David Stadden
    Kelley Hunter Appleman
    Daniel M. Cikovic
    Stephen M. Elliker
    Brian A. Hanks
    Allon H. Lefevor, Class of 72*

    ODE Class of 2000
    Aaron M. Shenck
    Chadwick J. Hershey
    Kristel Marie Erb
    R. David Pershall Jr.
    Nicole Joanna Hiser
    Jessica Irene Purcell
    Dr. Osman Suliman*
    Dr. Kirsten K. Madden*
    Dr. Raymond A. Maynard*
    Dr. M.K. Hamid*
    Dr. Marvin S. Margolis*

    ODE Class of 1999
    David Forsyth
    Melinda Moyer
    Fritz Heinemann*

    ODE Class of 1998
    Andres Galdo Nogales
    Scott Michael Motaka
    Thomas Edward Hopta
    Anna Katseva
    Kevin Crowe
    Jared James Rabold
    Elizabeth M. Likn
    Jeffrey Alan Bortz
    Pietjan B. Clark
    Joseph Garner, Class of 90*

    ODE Class of 1997
    Charter Members:
    Edwin Malcolm Abaka
    Ronald L. Horst
    Anita M. Padilione
    Donna Michelle Arobone
    John P. Sauer
    Jeffrey David Groves
    Joseph A. Stratter Jr.
    Christoslav E. Anuelov
    Christopher A. Bush
    David C. Hostetter*

     *Distinguished and
     Honorary Members

    Dr. Mike Gumpper
    Professor of Economics

  • Contact Info

    Postal Address:

    Economics Department - McComsey Hall
    Millersville University
    P.O. Box 1002
    Millersville, PA 17551

    Telephone: 717-871-7169
    Fax: 717-871-7934

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