HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER


Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha takes place within each chapter. To join the Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter, undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

  • more than 60 credit hours with an overall GPA higher than 3.75 
  • more than 10 hours of political science coursework, including at least one upper-division course (NOTE: You do not have to be a political science major) 
  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher in those political science courses 

Recruitment occurs in early February of each year. Any interested students can contact the chapter advisor, Professor Leslie Schwindt-Bayer at schwindt@rice.edu , to request consideration for membership. The chapter advisor will also reach out to Political Science majors encouraging them to consider joining the organization. Students who meet the eligibility requirements will be formally invited to join Pi Sigma Alpha. Joining simply requires a statement of interest and payment of the one-time national organization dues, currently set at $35.

The chapter will hold a formal induction ceremony in March/April each year where students will receive a certificate and be formally inducted into the society.