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Rush Alpha Epsilon Delta

Cal Epsilon Chapter at UCI

 

Why Rush? 

Read about why our members decided to join Alpha Epsilon Delta 

Katherine Nguyen

Gamma Lambda Fall 2019
Public Health Sciences
Pre - Physician Associate

"During my first year at UCI, I turned to many different organizations on campus to find direction, professionally and/or socially. I joined many organizations, yet none of them have stuck with me as AED has. Coming into UCI as a pre-med/health student, I was drawn to AED's Scholarship pillar, however, the Camaraderie that our active body embodies was what kept me coming back to rush events. I rushed 2 times and finally found my home in the Fall 2019 Gamma Lambda Pledge Class. Although it may be cliche, the best piece of advice I could offer you is to "trust the process". What you put into and make of Rush Week is all up to you! So if you're reading this potential rushee... I'm rooting for you and I hope during Rush Week you find the same guidance, support, and family that I've received from AED."

Alliah
Chiu


Gamma Mu Winter 2020
Biological Sciences
Pre - Physician Associate

"I initially joined AED for the camaraderie. As a first year, I moved to Irvine without knowing a single person. I didn't get the usual college experience of meeting other first years in the dorms, instead I was in an apartment. I first rushed fall quarter of my freshman year, but was unable to pledge because I didn't have a science GPA yet. However, this did not discourage me to rush again. Past actives contacted me through social media asking me to come back out to Winter rush which was truly heartwarming. During Winter rush, my second time rushing, the inclusive environment and connectedness led me to going to every rush event and eventually pledging. Throughout my college experience with AED, I became friends with every member of the organization and surrounded myself with like-minded individuals: hardworking, studious, friendly, and caring. Since joining AED, I have been given several opportunities including job applications, research positions, listening to the perspective of healthcare workers, and establishing study groups. Through AED I have found a group of friends that have uplifted and taught me to strive to be a better version of myself socially, academically, and individually."

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Phil
De Vera


Gamma Nu Winter 2021
Human Biology & Psychology
Pre - Med

"I was looking for a community of other pre-health students at UCI, but I ended up finding a real family in AED. AED stood out to me because it welcomed people from various different pre-health career paths, which allowed me to explore my options and become more confident in my pre-health journey. I wasn’t sure if I would be a good fit for AED, but my friend kept encouraging me to come out and see what it was like. I ended up falling in love with the organization and that friend, Ivy Duong, became my psis and we were able to go through the process together! I am so happy to be a part of AED."

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Jessica
Tieu


Gamma Nu Winter 2021
Undeclared
Pre - Nursing

"I decided to rush AED because I have always wanted to pursue a career in the pre-health field. AED is a great community filled with other brilliant and driven individuals who are there for you, supporting through your years in college to your future healthcare career. AED stood out to me as an organization because of the diverse personalities that make up this great organization. Everyone in AED is there to help you with school and in life. The environment in AED is very welcoming and fun! I rushed for AED once during my first year in college. During the rushing process, I felt very comfortable and happy because of how nice the actives were to me! They were all very down to earth and fun to talk and interact with. Despite the pandemic, AED has given me so many opportunities and memories that helped me grow immensely as a person. I truly recommend rushing AED because of all the great experiences that come with this amazing organization."

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Jessica
Tieu


Gamma Nu Winter 2021
Undeclared
Pre - Nursing

"I decided to rush AED because I have always wanted to pursue a career in the pre-health field. AED is a great community filled with other brilliant and driven individuals who are there for you, supporting through your years in college to your future healthcare career. AED stood out to me as an organization because of the diverse personalities that make up this great organization. Everyone in AED is there to help you with school and in life. The environment in AED is very welcoming and fun! I rushed for AED once during my first year in college. During the rushing process, I felt very comfortable and happy because of how nice the actives were to me! They were all very down to earth and fun to talk and interact with. Despite the pandemic, AED has given me so many opportunities and memories that helped me grow immensely as a person. I truly recommend rushing AED because of all the great experiences that come with this amazing organization."

Vincent Nguyen

Gamma Kappa Winter 2019
Biological Sciences 
Pre - Med

"Every time I think of college, I think of the group of hardworking, ambitious, and amazing individuals in Alpha Epsilon Delta. I never think of the horrifying biology and chemistry exams or the tiny cakes I used to purchase from the Ring Road Vendors but memories of eating Hot Pot in a cozy cabin at Big Bear or dressing up with my best friends to attend a fancy banquet are always the first thoughts. Rushing AED exposed me to people I knew would have an impact on my life in the long run. I gained friends who challenged me to be the best version of myself and mentors that helped shape me to become the individual I am today. Although it sounds cheesy, I rushed AED because I felt that I never found my community at UCI. However, the moment I stepped into my first Informational Night, I knew it was the group of people I wanted to surround myself with in the next four years of college. I encourage everyone to come out to rush events even if you are only slightly thinking about it - the people you find in this organization will be the ones you can call home during college and even beyond."

Caitlin
Lee


Gamma Mu Winter 2020
Exercise Sciences
Pre - Med

"Looking back, I never would have guessed that picking up a rush flyer on my way to lecture would so drastically change the trajectory of my college experience. Initially, I had no intentions of joining an organization such as Alpha Epsilon Delta. However, a friend of mine encouraged me to go to Information Night with him and after meeting and talking to actives, I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of such a community— a community of like minded individuals who inspire me to be just as driven and hard-working. As a nervous first year who was rushing AED for the first time, I was often hesitant to put myself out there. But in learning to step out of my comfort zone, I was able to make the most out of my rush experience. I say this for anyone who is even slightly interested: come out to rush week and just be yourself, because you never know, you may just happen to maybe meet some of your closest friends, gain valuable mentorship, and find your place within AED. I surely did and I can proudly call AED my second home and my second family here at UCI."

Patrick Navarro

Gamma Nu Winter 2021
Biological Sciences 
Pre - Dental / Optometry

"When starting my first year at UCI, I was definitely apprehensive and nervous about finding my home on such a large campus, especially with being online. Since I am a more introverted person, coming out to rush was definitely something out of my comfort zone, but as soon as I met the active members, I knew that AED was the home that I was searching for. I can honestly say that I have met some of my closest friends through AED, especially within my pledge class. As a pre-health student, it can be easy to feel alone and lost while taking such rigorous courses but being surrounded by individuals who are going through or have gone through the same things just motivates you to work even harder. The people that I have met through AED have pushed me to grow academically, professionally, and socially in ways that I have never imagined. AED has provided me so many opportunities to give back to the community, access to guest speakers and important pre-health knowledge, and so much more so if you are pre-health, consider rushing because you never know what kinds of doors AED will open for you."

Seran
Kwon


Gamma Nu Winter 2021
Cognitive Sciences
Pre - Med

I randomly came across an ad for rush week and I was super curious, so I went to the UCI AED website. I was happy to see friendly faces with a goal and mission in mind behind an organization that’s based on family, academic achievement, service, and growth. I'm so glad I saw the website and decided to rush for AED. When I started rushing, I was super nervous because I knew no one from AED, but I was greeted with constant smiling faces. The activities to get to know one another were thoughtfully planned and engaging even though everything was conducted on zoom due to Covid-19. If I had one piece of advice for someone who’s looking into joining AED, I would just say,"be yourself." As cliche as it is, there’s no reason to present yourself better than you are because we want to get to know you intimately. At the end of the day, AED is family, and as family, we accept each other for who we are. I hope to see you at rush week and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!

Daryan
Ghaemi


Gamma Nu Winter 2021
Human Biology
Pre - Med

"I originally wanted to join Alpha Epsilon Delta just because my friend told me to join but, little did I know how great this organization really is. During my rush week, I was unsure if I was ready to join a new organization on campus. Yet looking back, it was the best decision I made in my college experience. AED has provided me so many opportunities to grow and meet new people. I am happy to say I have now found a family in AED."

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the health field? Do you feel lost on the journey of becoming a healthcare provider or do you just feel the need to grow personally and professionally? Well look no further, come check out Alpha Epsilon Delta and see what we're all about! As fellow UCI students, we understand that the path to medicine can be overwhelming, challenging, and complicated. We believe that this path should not be taken on alone. Alpha Epsilon Delta's goal is to offer you guidance, support, and camaraderie so you can unlock your full potential on the road to becoming a health professional.

Alpha Epsilon Delta is the nation’s largest health pre-professional honor society with more than 144,000 members across 186 chapters in the United States. As an academic honor society, we are dedicated to fostering and advancing the pursuit of future health care professionals, in addition to helping and serving charities and underprivileged communities with the mindset of collective well-being and prosperity. 

If you are aspiring to pursue a career in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Optometry, Physical Therapy, or any other field in health care, come check out our rush events and see what AED has to offer! 

Click down below to check out our current rush schedule for the quarter! 

REQUIREMENTS

Joining Alpha Epsilon Delta means being affiliated with the largest National Pre-Health Honor Society in the country. Before you become an active member, you must successfully complete the pledging process and maintain academic excellence through the pledging process.

Minimum Qualifications

 

Undergraduate Students:

  • Membership is open to students interested in pursuing a career in the health field, including but not limited to medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary, clinical psychology, and nursing.

  • Potential members must have completed at least a quarter of health preprofessional studies work with an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a 4.0 scale (A = 4.00) and also with a cumulative science GPA of  at least 3.20  (Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computer Science, Public Health, Pharmaceutical Science).

  • Potential members who meet the GPA and are transferring from one school to one with or without an active chapter will be eligible for membership on a case by case basis. The grade point averages used to determine scholastic eligibility at the new school will be determined by averaging all grades from both old and new schools.

For any questions, feel free to contact us.