The first official honor society in meteorology was founded in 1951 at UCLA under the guidance of Jacob Bjerknes. Chapters are located at Texas A&M, Florida State University and Penn State University. Valparaiso University's chapter began in the spring of 1999. The Valparaiso University chapter is dedicated "to recognizing high achievement in meteorology and promoting the understanding of meteorology as a science, both at Valparaiso University and in the wider community."
Fifteen students were inducted into the inaugural chapter. These students met the stringent GPA requirements to be initiated. Sophomores must attain a 3.7 GPA in Meteorology courses, with an overall 3.5 GPA.
Chi Epsilon Pi sponsors Met Field Day each spring. Local elementary schools are invited to bring their students to Valparaiso University for hands on experiments, demonstrations and videos in meteorology. Each spring the turnout is overwhelming from the local schools. The time volunteered by the Chi Epsilon Pi students and other meteorology majors is much appreciated by teachers and students. Information about the next Met Field Day can be found on the Meteorology Field Day link on the left, or by clicking here! Contact Rusta Ault to reserve a space for your class. Contact Teresa Bals-Elsholz to help volunteer during the event.
Chi Epsilon Pi offers tours of our new building (Kally-Christopher Hall) and mini-lessons in meteorology for student groups. Contact the faculty advisor, Teresa Bals-Elsholz for more information.
Our members volunteer their time to their fellow students through tutoring in math, physics and meteorology courses.
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