Community Service Honor Society

The purpose of the Samuel Merritt University (SMU) Honor Society is to recognize SMU students who have demonstrated excellence in volunteer service and leadership to the community.  The award is granted annually to Samuel Merritt University students who best exemplify both leadership in community service endeavors and the values of the University.

The SMU Community Service Honor Society inducted the first group of students into the society in the 2013 – 2014 academic year. Eight students met the criteria for receiving this distinction by volunteering  an average of 3 hours/ week, writing a  500 word reflection and giving an oral presentation on how their volunteer service impacted them personally and professionally. Read more about the honorees here.

A commitment to community service is reflected in the partnerships between faculty and students, in student engagement with surrounding communities, in the various medical missions, and in the University’s mission.

Additionally, 178 SMU students are currently enrolled in the SMU Community Service Honor Society course site; and 130 volunteer events were attended with students logging 1,358.5 service hours.

Interested in learning more about the Community Service Honor Society? Contact Assistant VP of Enrollment and Student Services Craig Elliott at 510-869-6627 or or Assistant Professor Barbara Puder at

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