Electee Requirements

Candidates who have been elected by the active members are electees. For more information on how to join Tau Beta Pi, visit the How to Join page. Electees must complete the following requirements before intiation (keep track of your progress with the electee spreadsheet):

  • 6 hours of service - hours completed prior to election count towards this requirement
    • Attend SECME (Spring Electees only - 4 of the 6 hours)
    • One GatorTRAX session is required (3 of the 6 hours)
  • Attend at least one social - member/candidate social does not fulfill this requirement
  • Attend at least 4 out of the 5 meetings
  • Electee-Only Social
  • Both types of Catalog Cards - Your responses should be identical, please fill them out together.
  • $100 Dues
    • Make check out to "Tau Beta Pi"
    • Contact Dorianne Erazo with questions - diee@ufl.edu
    • Dues are non-refundable

Electees are not required to polish their bent, but instructions can be found here. The meaning of Bent is explained at Initiation, but you can read about its origins in the following passage which is an excerpt from the Tau Beta Pi Information Book.

    The official badge of the Association is a watch key in the form of the bent of a trestle. The word key describes the insignia of many organizations. It comes from the fact that it was first designed, in the late eighteenth century, to include a pocketwatch winding feature, hence key. The bottom stem, added to the basic insignia, had a tapered square hole fitting the common sizes of watch-winding shafts. The top stem and ring were added so that the key could be worn as a pendant from a chain, rather than as a pin or badge, thus easily used to wind watches. When the "stem-winder" watch was introduced in the late nineteenth century, it replaced the key-winder. But the insignia key remained, although with a vestigial hole now round for manufacturing ease and economy.

Contact the VP of Electees (tbpvpofelectees@gmail.com) with questions about the electee requirements.

Distinguished Electee Requirements

Only distinguished electees are eligible for Best Electee. To be a distinguished electee, you must complete the following additional requirements:

  • Attend at least one Engineering Futures session
  • Complete three additional service hours
  • Attend the member/candidate social

Make-Up for Missed Events

If you cannot complete one of the electee requirements, you must make it up before initiation.

  • More than 1 meeting: 2 hours community service for each meeting missed
  • Cannot attend any socials: 2 hours community service
  • GatorTRAX Session: 2 additional hours community service
  • SECME (Spring electees only): See VP of Electees
  • Up to half of make-up hours can be completed through another UF organization (Must receive approval beforehand)

Initiation

To become a member of Tau Beta Pi, an electee MUST attend initiation. There are no exceptions. Initiation will start promptly at 6:00PM on Friday, April 20, 2012. Any late electees will not be initiated so be there early. Dress is business formal, meaning no jeans, sneakers, mini-skirts, polos, or t-shirts. Be sure to bring your polished bent with you.

There will be a banquet following initiation where awards for Best Officer, Best Electee, Best Bent, and Best Member will be awarded. Learn more about the banquet and awards on the Banquet page.