Student Organizations

Many of our occupational therapy students enhance their Quinnipiac experience, both academically and socially, by joining our OT student organizations.

Being a member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association or the Pi Theta Epsilon honor society is a perfect complement to your academic experience.

It helps you meet and socialize with students who share your interests, develops your leadership skills and looks great on your resume.

Student Occupational Therapy Association

The Student Occupational Therapy Association promotes awareness and understanding of occupational therapy to the public and to our Quinnipiac community.

Throughout the year, the organization invites professionals from the field to speak to the members about what they do in their specialty areas.

SOTA has hosted a therapeutic magic workshop, an interactive program in which the students learned magic tricks and then worked in small groups to identify goals that a therapist and client might address using the tricks.

Other speakers that the organization has hosted include:
  • A pet therapist
  • A school-based therapist
  • Graduate students who discussed fieldwork, research projects and the graduate course work
  • A hand therapist
The organization also does many community-service projects and activities. For senior citizens in the surrounding area, SOTA made valentines and decorated pumpkins, and cosponsored a senior-citizen prom.

SOTA also brings together occupational therapy students at various levels in a mentor program, to provide support and ease the stress of college life.

For more information on SOTA, please contact Alexandra Smith, president, at

Pi Theta Epsilon

Pi Theta Epsilon is the national academic honor society for occupational therapy students who attend an accredited program.

PTE upholds high scholastic achievement and performs community service and ongoing research.

Qualifications for acceptance to PTE include a GPA of at least 3.5 and class rankings within the top 20 percent of the occupational therapy class and the top 35 percent of the University class.

Quinnipiac University PTE is a student-run, faculty-advised chapter that sponsors speakers, performs fund raising and promotes the visibility of OT in the community. Members network informally with other OT students and OT professionals.

Here's how PTE got its name:

Pi is the first letter in the Greek word for advancement
Theta is the first letter in the Greek word for therapeutic
Epsilon is the first letter in the Greek word for occupation

Therefore, Pi Theta Epsilon stands for "advancement in occupational therapy."

Please feel free to contact our faculty advisers with questions.

The current faculty advisers are:

  • Catherine Meriano, professor of occupational therapy
  • Martha Sanders, assistant professor of occupational therapy

Mailing address:
Pi Theta Epsilon National Office
4720 Montgomery Lane
PO Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220