In 1922, six students from the Indiana University Training School for Nurses in Indianapolis, Indiana founded the organization, choosing the society's name from the meaning of the Greek words Storge, Tharsos, and Time: love, courage and honor. As women ahead of their time, the founders vision for the society helped bring recognition to nursing as a science.
In 1936, Sigma Theta Tau was the first organization in the U.S. to fund nursing research. Since then the Society has underwritten more than 250 small or 'seed' grants, which often begin a whole body of research.
The society became incorporated in 1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc., to support and connect the global community of nursing scholars who enhance health care worldwide.
We were chartered May 2, 1998 and we currently have approximately 150 members. The school of nursing at Belmont has always had a commitment to excellence in both nursing scholarship and practice. The chartering was an important step in both recognition of that commitment by nursing's foremost honor society and acquiring access to many resources Sigma Theta Tau International offers its chapters in leadership and expertise.