Alpha Eta Honor Society

The National Scholastic Honor Society for the Advancing
Health Professions--Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions

Alpha Eta Society.

UB Chapter

The purpose of the Society shall be the promotion and recognition of significant scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the advancing health professions. Our chapter has grown to include members from various disciplines within the School of Public Health and Health Professions. These include Athletic Training, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs.

History of Alpha Eta

Founded in 1975, The Alpha Eta Honor Society recognizes and promotes significant scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the Advancing Health professions at collegiate institutions. Undergraduate and graduate students in their last academic year of enrollment, alumni and faculty meeting the national and chapter qualifications, can be nominated for membership in the Society by members of the local chapter. The UB chapter was chartered in April 1975, with the initial members inducted in 2010.

Alpha Eta Nomination and Application Process

Nominations for Alpha Eta are made by faculty members during the fall of a student's final year of their academic program. Each nominated student will be contacted by the Alpha Eta Chapter President notifying them of their nomination and explaining the application process. Please note that only 20% of all eligible students can be inducted into the UB Chapter of the Alpha Eta Honor Society.


Graduate students with an overall GPA of 3.5 or better are eligible for nomination. Nominated students will be evaluated based on their academic performance, leadership, service, and scholarly activity.

Post-Induction Activities


  1. Poster presentation (or acceptance) of original research at refereed state, regional, national, or international meetings - or Perry Poster day, UB Neuroscience Day, SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference.
  2. Platform presentation (or acceptance) at refereed state, regional, national, or international meetings.
  3. Acceptance or publications in a refereed professional journal including but not limited to research articles, review article, abstracts, editorials.

Leadership and contribution to Health Professions

  1. Holds membership in professional organizations at the local, state, regional, national, or international level.
  2. Participates in community projects that benefit the community.
  3. Utilizes professional abilities for the community's benefit (Adaptive Sports).
  4. Participates in services to under-served communities.
  5. Volunteers at charitable events.
  6. Recognized for having a positive impact on peers.
  7. Podcast itself as a project/or reporting their community service in the form of a podcast.

Student Inductees of 2021

Student Name Program of Study
Kara Haboian Athletic Training
Lydia Champagne Dietetics
Regina Ng Dietetics
Brooke Roys Dietetics
Amanda Augesen Occupational Therapy 
Richard Engel Occupational Therapy 
Katharine Grosche Occupational Therapy 
Allison Laquidara Occupational Therapy 
Karen Martinez Occupational Therapy 
Anna Olejniczak Occupational Therapy 
Alana Reimondo Occupational Therapy 
Kristen Saskowski Occupational Therapy 
Vivian Vaisman Occupational Therapy 
Rebecca Anderson Physical Therapy 
Timothy Brown Physical Therapy 
Nicholas Constantino Physical Therapy 
Samantha Curtis Physical Therapy 
Angelene Dimaano Physical Therapy 
Erica Fischer Physical Therapy 
Alexis Peters Physical Therapy
Amanda Pignato Physical Therapy
Molly Tupta Physical Therapy

Faculty members

Name Position
Juli Wylegala Clinical Associate Professor
Sue Ann Sisto Professor and Chair
Sharon Ray Clinical Associate Professor
Robert Burkard Professor
Jeanne Langan Assistant Professor
Vijay Muthaiah Assistant Professor
Kirk Personius Clinical Associate Professor
Nadine Fisher Clinical Associate Professor
Patricia Ohtake PhD
Jan Tona Occupational Therapy Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor
Machiko Tomita