Honor society memberships are a way of recognizing academic achievement. I'm proud to have been inducted into membership of the following honor societies.
Tau Beta Pi is The Engineering Honor Society, and it's the honor society of which I'm most proud to be a member. Tau Beta Pi recognizes excellence and integrity in engineering.
I realized as a junior that I would need to get very good grades in order to be eligible for membership before graduation. I worked extremely hard to maintain a straight 4.00 GPA for my complete senior year in order to achieve my goal of making my overall GPA high enough for Tau Beta Pi eligibility.
Pi Tau Sigma is the International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. From the Pi Tau Sigma web page, "PI TAU SIGMA members are chosen on a basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship (upper 35%), personality, and probable future success in their chosen field of Mechanical Engineering."
Pi Mu Epsilon is the National Mathematics Honor Society. The purpose of PME is to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among the students in academic institutions.
I personally feel that Mathematics is vital to civilization, culture, progress, science, techology, and life in general. I think Mathematics is a beautiful language and I love it. For example, every March 14 I celebrate Pi Day (3.14) with my co-workers by eating only circular or spherical food such as pizza and oranges. (However, I do agree with the Tau Day people that Tau is the more nearly appropriate circle constant.)
My feelings about the importance of mathematics are summed up in this quote: "Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house." -- Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
Sigma Gamma Tau is the honor society for Aerospace Engineering. From the Sigma Gamma Tau web page, "It seeks to identify and recognize achievement and excellence in the Aerospace field. Sigma Gamma Tau's collegiate chapters elect annually to membership those students, alumni, and professionals who, by conscientious attention to their studies or professional duties, uphold this high standard for the betterment of their profession."