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Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society

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Computing Sciences is a relatively young discipline. Yet despite its comparative youth, Computing Science has had an unparalleled effect on almost every aspect of contemporary life. Indeed it is difficult to predict the ultimate place of the computer in our world. It is the express purpose of Upsilon Pi Epsilon to promote the Computing Sciences and to encourage its contribution to the enhancement of knowledge.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon was first organized at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 1967. The international organization now consists of chapters in various colleges and universities in North America and overseas.

This honor society recognizes and promotes academic excellence of undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems and graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Systems program.

UPE is the only internationally recognized honor society for the computing and information disciplines and has received endorsements from the two largest computer organizations in the world, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS).

UPE is also a member of the Association of College Honor Societies(ACHS), which is the most respected association for honor societies.

UPE is also a charter member of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES)

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Membership Qualifications:
Eligible undergraduate candidates must:

  • Be seeking a degree in the Computer Science or Computer Information Systems programs.
  • Have completed at least 45 semester credit hours, including 15 semester hours in the basic courses in the computing and information disciplines
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, with a GPA of 3.3 in all their computer science coursework

Eligible graduate candidates must:

  • Be a candidate for a degree in the Master of Science in Information Systems program
  • Have completed at least 18 semester hours for graduate credit
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5

Membership Fees:
The Hawaii Pacific University UPE Chapter inducts new members into its chapter twice a year. The ceremony is usually held in November and April.

  • UPE international initiation fee $110.00 (one time)
  • Regalia:Maroon & White Cords & Lapel Pin

National membership fee (lifetime membership)


HPU membership fee (induction ceremony, honor cords, events, etc.)


Total payment


Membership fee of $110 to be paid upon notification of acceptance.

Regalia: Maroon & White cords and Lapel Pin.

Honor Society Advisor: Dr. Cathrine Linnes

*Initial membership fee includes a membership certificate with a decoraive holder, a gold-clad UPE lapel pin, official marroon & white honors cords for graduation, and a free one year student membership in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Current student members of the ACM will receive a one year extension to their ACM membership. For more about Upsilon Pi Epsilon, visit the UPE International Honor Society.

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The first Charter Ceremony was held November 4, 2007 at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki. We are proud to present the following Hawaii Pacific University student members of Upsilon Pi Epsilon. For a complete list of names (click here).


UPE Inductions at Honors Brunch - November 4, 2007

Dr. Moon Yee Yoo, Ms. Imelda Cachola, Ms. Zoe Ban, Ms. Ivelina Popova, Ms. Michel Tanouye, Ms. Lay Yong Tan, Ms. Sandy Lane, Ms. Gayle Andaya, Dr. Cathrine Linnes, Mr. Ernesto Dela Cruz, Mr. Martin Hoch, Mr. Nattawut Srileeannop, Mr. Justin Yuda, Executive Director of UPE Dr. Orlando Madrigal, Mr. Christopher Radovich, Dr. Larry Rowland, Mr. Anthony Marlin, Mr. Young Yu, Mr. David Omokehinde, Mr. Kemtis Kunanuraksapong, Mr. Stephen Gaborik, Mr. Samuel Garnier, Mr. Sugo Sonobe, Mr. Randy Williams, Mr. Arata Pham.


UPE Inductions at Honors Brunch - April 26, 2008

Mr. Laurence A. Bejerana, Ms. Sofie Vigström, Mr. Michael Paul DeVolld, Ms. Anna Maria Åsa Vigström, Mr. Bobby Edward Fort, Ms. Kimberly Lynn Messner, Dr. Cathrine Linnes, Mr.Weiyuan Zhao, Mr. Guy Higuchi.


UPE Inductions at Honors Brunch - November 16, 2008

Dr. Cathrine Linnes, Ms. Inita Mauga, Mr. David Alderton, Mr. Robert Thomas Calderwood, Mr. David M. Nyitrai, Mr. Mark Anthony Racimo, Mr. Jason Kalei Ruane, Mr. Edward Robert Thompson, Mr. Zachary Michael Thorpe, Mr. Daniel Robert Wolfford, Dr. Gordon Jones, Mr. Waleed S. Afndy, Mr. Abdulaziz Alrasheed, Ms. Brenda Abaya, Ms. Eyewumi Anireoritse Otubu, Mr. Hussain Abdullah Al Mansour, Mr. Faisal Albashr, Ms. Grace S. Kawanishi, Mr. Joshua David Margolin, Mr. Andreas Hetland, Mr. Gyan P. Mainali, Mr. Abdulaziz Alanazi.

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Contact Information:

Questions regarding membership please contact the chapter advisor.

Cathrine Linnes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems

Hawaii Pacific University 
1132 Bishop Street, Suite 504-7 
Honolulu, HI 96813-2820

Phone: (808) 687-7064
E-mail: clinnes@hpu.edu