Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas, Austin and is today headquartered in Washington, DC. Rice University chartered the Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter in 2008 and has initiated over 130 members since then.

Pi Sigma Alpha has several goals:

  • recognize and promote excellence in academic achievement for political science, government, inter national and public affairs
  • to stimulate scholarship and interest in political science
  • promote curricular and extracurricular activities related to political science
  • promote civil dialog

New members are inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha every spring (March-April). Membership in the Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter requires high academic achievement.

The chapter organizes activities related to political science scholarship and politics throughout the year that are open to members and non-members. Chapter members have the opportunity to participate in a national undergraduate conference and submit papers to the Pi Sigma Alpha undergraduate journal. Members are also eligible for internship scholarships, graduate school scholarships, and awards through the national organization. Deadlines are in May and June of each year.

For more information on the national Pi Sigma Alpha organization, go to www.pisigmaalpha.org

The current advisor for the Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha is Professor Songying Fang and the chapter has an advisory committee composed of professors Leslie Schwindt-Bayer (Chair), Bob Stein, Richard Stoll, Michelle Torres and Rick Wilson.

For more information about the Rice chapter, please contact Songying Fang at sfang@rice.edu.