Phi Sigma Rho was founded in 1984 by Abby McDonald and Rashmi Khanna at Purdue University. Abby and Rashmi were unable to participate in traditional Sorority Recruitment due to the demands of their engineering program, so they decided to start their own sorority specifically for women in Engineering. The Alpha chapter was founded with ten members at the University of Purdue. In the years since, Phi Sigma Rho has grown to thirty chapters spanning the country.
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.
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.