Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA) is the National Political Science Honor Society, and Tau Pi is the local chapter at UH Mānoa. The society's purpose is to stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in government among students at higher learning institutions. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS).

PSA Membership Benefits

  • Recognition of academic excellence in Political Science
  • Graduation medallion and/or honor cord
  • Initiation Certificate
  • Opportunities for administrative experience as a Pi Sigma Alpha officer
  • Howard Penniman Scholarships for Graduate Study
  • Professional awards for faculty members (Franklin L. Burdette Award and other Best Paper Awards)
  • Access to PSA internship and job listings
  • Email updates for upcoming PSA and other politically oriented events
  • Networking opportunities with other Political Science students and faculty

ACHS Member Society Benefits

  • May fulfill one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level for Federal professional and technical positions
  • May qualify for internship scholarships with the Washington Internship Institute, The Fund for American Studies, and the Washington Center of Internships and Academic Seminars

Eligibility Requirements

Membership is open to:

  • Undergraduate juniors and seniors, both majors and non-majors, who are interested in political science
  • Political Science graduate students
  • Political Science faculty

Students must have a minimum of:

  • Ten credits in Political Science, including at least one upper-division course
  • 3.3 GPA overall
  • 3.0 GPA in Political Science courses

Next Steps

Eligible persons should email a completed application to Starshine Chun (chunstar@hawaii.edu).

There is a $36 lifetime membership fee, which includes an initiation certificate and enamel lapel pin.

Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society