Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society (AEL)

The Graduate School at Montclair State University is host to the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society for Graduate and Professional School Students.

photo of Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society student inductees at 2011 ceremony
Inductees at the 2011 AEL Induction Ceremony

Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) was founded in 1990 by former officers of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, specifically to honor academic excellence and leadership.  The mission of AEL is to:

  • Confer distinction for high achievement
  • Promote leadership development
  • Promote scholarship and encourage intellectual development
  • Enrich the intellectual environment of graduate education institutions
  • Encourage high standards of ethical behavior

Qualifications for membership are:

  • Academic achievement in the top 20th percentile of the member's college or school in which their degree program resides
  • Successful completion of 18 graduate credits and active matriculation in a degree program
  • A first time graduate candidate
  • Demonstration of leadership through involvement in on-campus or off-campus activities while a graduate student

Please note that membership is highly competitive. For the most recent induction classes, the average overall GPA has been 3.920 (calculated using only 500-level courses and above).

Students are invited to membership into AEL by The Graduate School. Invitations are mailed to students who meet the basic requirements for membership. Invitation to join is not a guarantee of membership. Students must complete an application and submit all required materials by the determined deadline. Invitation to membership occurs twice a year with a formal induction ceremony sponsored in the spring semester. Each initiate will receive lifetime membership into AEL and the insignia of AEL: A label pin, honor cord, and certificate.

The Alpha Kappa Chapter's 2013-2014 President is:

  • Stacy Anne Wahlstrom

For more information or to correspond with Alpha Kappa chapter members, please e-mail: ael@montclair.edu

Other national honor societies at Montclair State University