Phi Sigma Rho

Rutgers University
Established 2003
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Phi Sigma Rho

Rutgers University

Established 2003
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Phi Sigma Rho

Rutgers University
Established 2003
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Welcome to the Xi Chapter of Phi Sigma Rho!

Phi Sigma Rho is the national social sorority for women majoring in engineering and engineering technology. It combines Greek life and scholarship, with lifelong friendships. As a family we encourage our Sisters to push harder, go farther, and discover something more about themselves as scholars, friends, and individuals.

As individuals, we each hold true the values of sisterhood to become the women of the future that will build a better world.

Rutgers Chapter History

In November of 2001, ten Rutgers University female engineering

students gathered together to create an organization to bond

females with interests in engineering and science in friendship,

professionalism, service and academic excellence. Soon after this

initial gathering, the founding sisters named this organization Omega

Xi, and a new sisterhood was born. After researching Phi Sigma Rho,

the Omega Xi Chapter contacted Phi Sigma Rho National and told

them that they were interested in their organization in September

2002. The first campus visit occurred on November 4, 2001. The

Campus visit was very successful, and Omega Xi decided to petition

Phi Sigma Rho for Colony Status. On December 22, 2002 the Rutgers

Colony of Phi Sigma Rho was created, and its Alpha Class was

inducted. As of Spring 2015 we welcomed our Omega Class to the

Sisterhood. We have a strong Rutgers Alumnae network consisting of

over 80 women and a National Alumnae Network of over 2,000

women.

Our Motto

"Together We Make it Happen"

Colors

Colors: Navy Blue & Lavender

Chapter Values

Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in technical studies serving our sisters and the community by promoting: High standards of personal integrity, respect, and character Lifelong bonds of sisterhood Academic and professional excellence with a social balance Through shared experiences, common bonds, and recognition of service and achievement.

Our Objectives

  • To foster and provide the broadening experience of sorority living with its social and moral challenges and responsibilities for the individual and the chapter.
  • To develop the highest standard of personal integrity and character.
  • To promote academic excellence and support personal achievement, while providing a social balance.
  • To aid the individual in the transition from academic to the professional community.
  • To maintain sorority involvement with the alma mater and the community through responsible participation.
  • To maintain the bond of sisterhood with alumnae members through communication, consultation, and participation in Sorority functions.

What It Means to Be a Phi Rho

"Being part of the Phi Sigma Rho sisterhood means that its members have an opportunity to be part of a society bigger than themselves. Phi Rhos love their sisters and will be there to give each other unfailing support when life becomes challenging. PSR girls strive to help each other to be more hopeful, confident, and determined to love and become their best self. Whether it be a simple smile or some encouraging words, Phi Rhos know how to provide the support their sisters need, and much more." ‒ Justine Fairman

Executive Board

Priya Shah
President

president.psr.rutgers@gmail.com

Patricia Tuquero
Vice President

vicepresident.psr.rutgers@gmail.com

Hetal Patel
Treasurer

treasurer.psr.rutgers@gmail.com

Srujana Sure
Social Chair

socialchair.psr.rutgers@gmail.com

Daniella Diguglielmo
Historian

historian.psr.rutgers@gmail.com

Saachi Matreja
Engineer of the Year Chair

engineeroftheyear.psr.rutgers@gmail.com

Sruthi Suresh
Secretary

secretary.psr.rutgers@gmail.com

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Membership Educator

memed.psr.rutgers@gmail.com

Officers

Recruitment Chair
-Jess Olson
Fundraising Chair
- Jasmine Sawaged
Philanthropy Chair
-Aimee Prendergast
Scholarship Chair
-Mandy Cheng
Risk Management Chair
-Nida Hussain
Spirit Chair
-Jasmine Sawaged
PCA Chair
-Vandana Gollarhalli
Web Administrator
-Sumathi Arumugam
Sigmand Sister
-Mary-Anne Nova
House Manager
-Cora Lopresti
EGC Representative
- Mary-Anne Nova
SWE Representative
- Stefanie Traegar
PFC Representatives
-TBA

Sisters

Current Active Sisters



    Omega Class

  • Research: Dr. Kwan, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University. Fun Fact: I am a marathon runner! Email: jch233@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

    Jenna Holland

    • Major: Material Science and Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2018
  • Hetal Patel


    • Major: Chemical Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2018
  • Email: mrp197@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

    McKenzie Pharo


    • Major: Chemical Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2018
  • Work Experience: Rutgers Computer Assisted Surgery and Therapy Lab (Research). Email: Enr21@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

    Emily Roman


    • Major: Biomedical Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2018
  • Email: prshah519@gmail.com

    Priya Shah

    • Major: Material Science and Engineering
      Minor: Mathematics
    • Class Year: May 2018
  • Work Experience: ECE Lab with Rutgers Professor Lindqvist on Password Security. Interned at Electric Boat- Summer 2016. Fun Fact: I went inside a Navy Nuclear submarine. Email: ss2445@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

    Srujana Sure


    • Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2018
  • Work Experience: DARPA at the Ceramics Lab in Rutgers. Fun Fact: I have hyperextended elbows.

    Patricia Tuquero


    • Major: Material Science and Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2018

  • Alpha Alpha Class

  • Work Experience: Lab Engineer at Chemionic Labs and Consulting. Fun Fact: I went zip lining over alligators!

    Nida Hussain


    • Major: Chemical Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2018

  • Alpha Beta Class

  • Ivana Chu


    • Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2019
  • Daniella DiGuglielmo


    • Major: Biomedical Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2018
  • Michelle Lopez


    • Major: Chemical Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2018
  • Email: saachi.matreja@rutgers.edu

    Saachi Matreja


    • Major: Computer Science
      Minor: Entrepreneurship
    • Class Year: May 2019
  • Ericka Paredes


    • Major: Environmental Science
    • Class Year: May 2018
  • Work Experience: Researcher at Dr. Sy Lab. Fun Fact: I am an Indian Classical Dancer! Email: sruthi_suresh@live.com

    Sruthi Suresh


    • Major: Biomedical Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2018


  • Alpha Gamma Class

  • Email: aprendergast95@gmail.com

    Aimee Prendergast


    • Major: Industrial Engineering
    • Class Year: Dec 2018
  • Email: sumathi745@gmail.com

    Sumathi Arumugam


    • Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2018
  • Email: Ash144@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

    Alexa Herrera


    • Major: Material Science and Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2019
  • Email: ashleyluster010@gmail.com

    Ashley Luster


    • Major: Material Science and Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2018
  • Email: jk1313@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

    Joyce Kim


    • Major: Material Science and Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2019
  • Email: ginny.quirosb@rutgers.edu

    Virginia QuirosBarboza


    • Major: Biomedical Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2019


  • Alpha Delta Class

  • Email: mgn33@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

    Mary-Anne Nova


    • Major: Aerospace Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2020
  • Email: vg285@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

    Vandana Gollarhalli


    • Major: Material Science and Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2020
  • Email: smt198@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

    Stefanie Traegar


    • Major: Chemical Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2020
  • Email: jas993@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

    Jasmine Sawaged


    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2019
  • Email: cc182@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

    Cora Lopresti


    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2020
  • Email: ngaman.cheng@rutgers.edu

    Mandy Cheng


    • Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2020
  • Email: jlo107@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

    Jess Olson


    • Major: Aerospace Engineering
    • Class Year: May 2020


Alumni

Chapter Advisor: Candiece White

Alumna Advisor: Meghan Mayat

Alpha Class

Kristina Allen

Ada Barlatt

Lauren Britton

Elizabeth Cestone

Melissa Ciano

Danese Joiner

Joanne Maulit

Nisha Mehta

Regan Miller

Kristin Nilsen

Natasha Patel

Christina Schroepfer

Natasha Vogelsang

Candiece White

Stephanie Woodruff

Beta Class

Charlene Almase

Laure LaRue

Michele Mudrak

Heena Patel

Rebecca Roy

Urmila Wadnerkar

Krisine Yates

Gamma Class

Tamara Brizard

Maureen Evans

Megan Wilson

Delta Class

Marsha Handeli

Christina Hensal

Rori Hodges

Jennifer Ju

Kira Morrow

Anne Salazar

Epsilon Class

Katherine DiDonato

Mariel Gutierrez

Elizabeth Sarmiento

Binni Shah

Zeta Class

Maria Castellanos

Ariell Joiner

Cristina Prado

Brandis Williams

Eta Class

Hirza Gonzalez

Melanie Hoffer

Reema Shah

Lori Gil

Eleanor Okubor

Ashley Williams

Theta Class

Cassie Botti

Erica Gaudios

Vanessa Sanchez

Iota Class

Raquel Gonzalez

Diana Nesheiwat

Michaele Watson

Nathalia Londono

Vanessa Cruz

Ashley Ivey

Kappa Class

Cathy Chan

Ginger Chien

Phiorella Gamboa

Olanike Isijola

Lambda Class

Sylvia Kim

Patricia Sandoval

Nicole Scott

Nidhi Shah

Leigh Whitehouse

Cathy Joseph

Mu Class

Tessa Cooper

Tania Crafton

Lizbeth Zuniga

Amanda Teasenfitz

Nu Class

Stephanie Yang

Elizabeth Neubauer

Eshani Mody

Naila Ghafoor

Christine Teodoro

Jennifer Ju

Qian Li

Jasmine Richards

Marissa Berkowitz

Xi Class

Jolea Russotto

Gowri Narsimhamurthy

Paige Sackett

Melissa Korte

Artesha Chan

Elizabeth Kim

Rachna Ved

Navni Mehta

Farrah Vijayan

Omicron Class

Edith Amelemah

Sunaina Arshad

Kristin Stevens

Reenu Varghese

Pi Class

Alexa Abdelaziz

Riddhi Bhatt

Monica Rita

Lina Truong

Kate Foster

Rho Class

Sarina Bowen

Brittany Callahan

Nikita Dhillon

Meghan Mayat

Sigma Class

Sanjana Mohan

Laura Pawlowski

Tau Class

Tarj Mehta

Sarah Snyder

Sara Posada

Rhythm Sharma

Jessica Louie

Jackie Emerle

Michelle Baker

Upsilon Class

Deepika Seethamraju

Khadeejah Yanes

Neda Kabi

Miracle Okubor

Max Gates

Lauren Barinsky

Amanda Chin

Justine Fairman

Nesya Haleva

Kelsey Hickey

Katie Lau

Katie Perullo

Maya Wittman


Phi Class

Kripa Rajan

Jenni Plummer

Priyal Kapadia

Chi Class

Laura Hook

Danielle Palombi

Heba Said

Laura Tran

Elizabeth Helck

Mary Joy Nova

Priyal Shah

Christine Nguyen

Taylor Au

Psi Class

Stephanie Rapsa

Iwona Stanek

Brianna Binowski

Kelly Ruffenach

Sarah Abdelaziz

Omega Class

Angela Ciarlante

Alpha Alpha Class

Richelle Tobey

Events


Recruitment Fall 2017:

9/10 7:30pm : "Panhellenic Planet" - CASC Red Lion Cafe

9/11 8:30 - 10:30pm : "Info Session Eclipse" - BSC Cove

9/14 8:30 - 10:30pm Galactic Game Night : BSC Center Hall

9/18 8:30 - 10:30pm : "Celestial Ice Cream Social" - BSC Center Hall

9/10 8:30 - 10:30pm : "Stellar Spa Night" - BSC 120BC

9/20 8:30 - 10:30pm "Peaceful Universe" - in BSC Cove

9/22 Supernova Supper - Invite Only

If you have any questions, contact a sister or email recruitment.psr.rutgers@gmail.com

Philanthropy

"Philanthropy is very important to the sorority. It not only allows the members to enrich their college experience by engaging in events that further their education beyond the classroom, but also enables a stronger bond among sisters when they come together to help people in need. Philanthropy teaches the sisters to appreciate life to the fullest and to always give back when possible." - Nesya Haleva

For any information regarding philanthropy and community service

the sisters of PSR conduct please email:

philanthropy.psr.rutgers@gmail.com



Philanthropy Events:

Scarlet Day of Service

Date: October 1, 2016
Location: Morrell Street, College Avenue Student Center


Each semester, students come together for one of the largest service events at Rutgers. At this event, students are able to choose from a variety of community organizations throughout central New Jersey to volunteer at for the day. Some past service activities included cleaning up communities, revitalizing outdoor spaces, and helping out at the local food pantry. By participating in Scarlet Day of Service, we are given the opportunity to give back to the community we live in.


Build-a-Thon

Date: TBA
Location: TBA


Build-A-Thon is a student run event that aims to demonstrate the need for affordable housing for low income families in the area. Using a variety of supplies like cardboard, plywood, newspapers, and nails, RU Phi Rhos build their own shelters and live in them for 24 hours. The sisters also help to raise money in support of RU Habitat sponsored home in Greater Plainfield, New Jersey.


Light the Night Walk

Date: October 15, 2016. 5:00 PM
Location: Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ


Various organizations and people in the community come together in a walk to help raise funds for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The money raised goes towards funding research to find cures for patients with blood cancer. We are excited to be participating in our first walk to support our national philanthropy in the fight to end cancer.


Monster Mash

Date: TBA 2016. 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Location: Cook Campus Recreation Center


Monster Mash is a safe alternative to trick-or-treating for elementary school children in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Highland Park, and other nearby areas. Various student organizations will set up activities tables for the young visitors and reward their efforts with treats. For the past several years, more than 100 organizations have taken part, and over 1,000 children have come to the event. In 2010, Monster Mash was nationally awarded "Program of the Year" by the National Association of College & University Residence Halls. Monster Mash is now an annual Rutgers tradition on the Cook/Douglass Campuses in hopes to make the event bigger by bringing the Rutgers community and the New Brunswick community together on this night of Halloween celebration!


Bed Races

Date: October 13, 2016. 9:00 PM
Location: College Avenue


Homecoming week event dedicated to student organizations racing their decorated beds down College Avenue. This event helps raise funds for New Jersey families in need of diapers through Cuddle Me Diaper Bank.


Rutgers Dance Marathon

Date: TBA 2017
Location: The RAC


Rutgers University Dance Marathon (RUDM) is the largest, student-run philanthropic event in New Jersey. RUDM’s mission is to provide emotional and financial support for children who are a part of Embrace Kids Foundation. RUDM participants dance for 30 hours to help raise funds and awareness that goes towards Embrace Kids Foundation’s mission to support the non-medical needs of children with cancer and blood disorders.

Recruitment

Potential New Members: Look under "Events" for list of rush events for Fall 2017!



Academic Requirements for Joining

All potential members must have at least a cumulative and previous term GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale. Potential members must also be registered as full time undergraduate students of the University, majoring in any of the following:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Sciences in Engineering
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cell Biology and Neuroscience
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Genetics
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Physics

*This list is not guaranteed to include all possible eligible majors

New Member Fees

New Members Fee of $150.00 covers all the following:

  • National New Member Fee - $80.00
  • National Initiation Fee - $7.50
  • National Pin Fee - $32.50
  • National New Member Insurance Fee - $15.00
  • Big Sister Gift - $20.00

*These fees are subject to change as prices change or as needed.

Member Expectations

In order for a Candidate to be initiated into the sorority, she must complete the following requirements:

  • Attend the Induction ceremony.
  • Attend weekly Candidate meetings.
  • Attend chapter meetings as required.
  • Attend candidate retreat.
  • Wear the pin while in business casual attire on the days specified by the Membership Educator during her candidate period.
  • Attend Inspiration Week events.
  • Attend meetings with her Big sister.
  • Respect her fellow Candidates as well as the Sorority and all of its Members.
  • Attend a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program.
  • Attend the Initiation ceremony.
  • Learn all material covered in the Phi Sigma Rho Member Manual, and pass the corresponding exams.
  • Pay Candidate Dues.










Hazing Policy

No Chapter or Member shall conduct or condone hazing activities. Hazing Activities are defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally, whether on or off the Chapter premises or campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrasment, harassment, or ridicule.
Examples of hazing activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Forcing, requiring, or endorsing the consumption of alcoholic beverages or any other drug.
  • Physical and psychological shocks; creation of excessive fatigue including sleep deprivation; paddling in any form; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; or requiring ingestion of any undesirable, unwanted substance.
  • Blindfolding at anytime; requiring walking or marching in formation; wearing of public apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; or engaging in public stunts and buffoonery.
  • Verbal harassment including yelling at a person; deception or threats contrived to convince a person that she would not become a Member; or any type of personal servitude such as running errands.
  • Expecting participation in an activity that the full membership would not do; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips, or any other such activities carried on outside or inside the confines or the Chapter premises or campus that are limited to candidates for membership; or any other activities that are not consistent with academic achievement, the governing laws of the Sorority, the regulations and policies of the educational institution or applicable state law.

Alcohol Policy

The Chapter shall always abide by the Alcohol and Drug Policy of Phi Sigma Rho and of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The Vice President, Risk Management Chair and Social Chair will be responsible for the enforcement of this policy.

  • It is the responsibility of each Member of the Sorority to be aware of the state laws concerning alcohol and their consequences.
  • Each Member and Associate Member is charged with the responsibility of keeping a concerned and watchful eye over her Sisters at all Sorority events.
  • The Chapter is responsible for conducting a mandatory education program concerning alcohol for both Actives and Associate members each semester.
  • No quantity of alcohol or illegal substances will ever be paid for with Sorority funds.
  • No individual may possess alcohol or illegal substances on house grounds.
  • No theme parties will be based on an alcoholic beverage or on becoming intoxicated.
  • At any Sorority-sponsored event alcohol may only be provided by a licensed bartender.
  • At every social event where alcoholic beverages are served there must be nonalcoholic beverages and food served. These must be easily accessible and available throughout the event.
  • At every social event there will be two designated drivers called silver sweatshirts, who will NOT drink any alcohol prior to or during the function.
  • All Sisters attending a social event will be escorted home by a designated driver, taxi service, or will walk home with or be driven by another person who is not under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.
  • All state and University laws regarding alcohol and drugs must be followed at all Sorority events.
  • Punishments of any violators of the above policy will be determined by Standards Board.


For Parents

Dear Parent:

The Rutgers University Xi Chapter of Phi Sigma Rho Sorority, extends a warm welcome to you and your daughter. We are excited that your daughter chose Phi Sigma Rho, the only National Engineering and Engineering Technologies sorority, as her family.

Our sisterhood consists of more than 7,000 active sisters and alumnae that are actively helping each other succeed in life. Phi Sigma Rho originated at Purdue University in 1984 and has since spread to 36 other collegiate campuses all over the United States. We have been providing lifelong friendships, striving for academic and professional success, and encouraging all sisters in their endeavors since 1984.

Your daughter will participate in our eight week membership education program to learn about Phi Sigma Rho. The program will educate your daughter in the history of Phi Sigma Rho and teach her to focus on her own personal and academic development. There are many leadership opportunities for her to take advantage of during her membership education period. Phi Sigma Rho is committed to providing your daughter with a balanced academic and social experience throughout her college career and for the rest of her life. Upon successful completion of her membership education program, she will be initiated as a Sister and a member of Phi Sigma Rho.

Phi Sigma Rho strives to promote these virtues in each of our Sisters and the great women that surround us through our objectives:

● To foster and provide the broadening experience of sorority living with its social and moral challenges and responsibilities for the individual and the chapter.

● To develop the highest standard of personal integrity and character.

● To promote academic excellence and support personal achievement, while providing a social balance.

● To aid the individual in the transition from academic to the professional community.

● To maintain sorority involvement with the alma mater and the community through responsible participation.

● To maintain the bond of sisterhood with alumnae members through communication, consultation, and participation in Sorority functions.

Please visit www.phisigmarho.org to learn more about your daughter's Sorority or www.psr.rutgers.edu to learn more about your daughter’s specific Sorority chapter.

Your daughter will have a lifetime of rewarding experiences as a Sister of Phi Sigma Rho, the National Engineering and Engineering Technologies Sorority. We look forward to having you, her parents, take a supportive role in her sorority experience.

Sincerely,

Phi Sigma Rho - Xi Chapter

Executive Board

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