Pi Sigma Alpha


Pi Sigma Alpha is the political science honor society. Every spring, the Department of Political Science and International Affairs inducts a number of its best students into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science. Selection for membership in this 600-chapter academic honor society is based entirely upon classroom performance.

Eligibility Requirements

Pi Sigma Alpha eligibility requirements for undergraduates (from PSA National website):* completion of at least one-half the credits required by their institution for the baccalaureate degree;* completion of twelve semester-credits of work in political science including at least one upper-division course, with an average grade of B or higher in those courses;
* an overall GPA placing student in the top one-third of his/her whole class (e.g., junior or senior class). Students need not be political science majors to qualify for membership.
For more exact information about Pi Sigma Alpha and specific details about requirements to join, contact Professor Cooperman (rcooperm@umw.edu), chapter advisor, or see the PSA website.

PSA Kappa Upsilon Executive Board for 2021-2022

Co-Presidents: Maya Jenkins and Sally Burkley
Vice President: Samantha Barrett: Vice President
Executive Board Member: Keegan Frederick
Executive Board Member: Charles Walsh


  Kappa Upsilon chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, 2022-2023


2022 UMW Pi Sigma Alpha New Inductees

Margaret B. Jones

Amanda L. Krest

Michael L. Everett

Cassandra L. Atkinson

Olivia J. Lewis

Mary-Elise Alworth

Rina Murasaki

Andrea C. Darmawan 

Alexander Douglas Regan

Jane Momoke Michael

Liam K. Kiely


Returning UMW Pi Sigma Alpha Members

Chester Pruitt Sally Burkley
Grace Clarke Kymberly Laver
Gabriel Matteson Lauren Westendorf



Previous Years:

PSA 2019-2020 Executive Board

From Left to Right: Becky Fitzgerald, Tom Lengel, Kyle Lehmann, Zachary Handlin

PSA 2018-2019 Executive Board (left to right: Tess Darroch, Kyle Lehmann, John Cronin, and Julia Gibbons)
PSA 2018-2019 Executive Board
From Left to Right: Tess Darroch, Kyle Lehmann, John Cronin, and Julia Gibbons

PSA 2017-2018 Executive Board:  Vice President Caroline Mullin with President Marina Castro-Meirelles


 Spring 2017 Pi Sigma Alpha Inductees