Upsilon Pi Epsilon

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (ΥΠΕ): International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines, is the first honor society dedicated to the discipline of the computing and information disciplines. Informally known as UPE, Upsilon Pi Epsilon was founded on January 10, 1967 at Texas A&M University and has chartered over 270 chapters at college campuses across the world.[1] Since that time, a second computer-field specific honorary was established with the name Epsilon Delta Pi.[2] With the rise of importance of information technology to many fields, other honorary societies have added computer science to their traditional scope.[3]

Upsilon Pi Epsilon
Upsilon Pi Epsilon Logo
TypeHonor Society
Executive Director
OSM, Ph.D.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon is endorsed by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (IEEE-CS), the two largest computer organizations in the world.[citation needed] Aside from conferring honor on computer science and computer engineering students, it has a large involvement with the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. UPE is a member of the ACHS - Association of College Honor Societies.

Membership in UPE, like many other honor societies, is lifetime. Newly inducted student members get a free year of ACM student-level membership as well. Additionally, UPE gives out a number of scholarships for its members and those who are active student members of the ACM or IEEE-CS.


  1. ^ Upsilon Pi Epsilon Initiation Ceremony
  2. ^ See for example Epsilon Delta Pi's Alpha Beta Chapter at Baylor University Archived 2014-10-05 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 18 September 2014
  3. ^ An example is Sigma Zeta, whose discipline scope now includes natural sciences/mathematics/computer science

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