Pi Sigma Alpha


Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society comprising of more than 800 chapters across the country. Every spring, the Department of Political Science and International Affairs inducts a number of its best students into Pi Sigma Alpha. Selection for membership in this more than 800-chapter academic honor society is based entirely upon classroom performance.


Eligibility Requirements

Pi Sigma Alpha eligibility requirements for undergraduates is as follows (taken from the PSA National website):
  • Completion of at least one-half the credits required by their institution for the baccalaureate degree
  • Completion of at least ten 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 their whole class (e.g., junior or senior class).

Students do NOT need to be political science majors to qualify for membership.

For more exact information about Pi Sigma Alpha, the UMW chapter Kappa Upsilon, and specific details about requirements to join, contact Professor Davidson (jdavidso@umw.edu), the chapter advisor, or see the Pi Sigma Alpha website.

PSA Kappa Upsilon Executive Board for 2023-2024

Co-Presidents: Margaret (Margie) Jones and Abigail (Abby) Tank

Vice President: Samuel (Sam) Creemer

Treasurer: Morgan Lewellen

Executive Board Member: Natisha Bartlett

The 2023-2024 Pi Sigma Alpha Executive Board together.

From left to right: Margie, Abby, Morgan, Sam, Natisha.


  Kappa Upsilon chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, 2023-2024


2023 UMW Pi Sigma Alpha New Inductees

Chloe Jane Vanderhoof 

Amede Karina-Plun

Aleksandra Poletes

Emily Marie Hemphill

Logan A. Rowland

Hennry Daniel Paredes

Sarah Miller

Natisha Bartlett

Morgan Reid Lewellen

Abigail Virginia Tank

Mika-Ann Clincy

Nickolas Ian Remish

Hannah Renae Walker

Joren Santana

Samuel Creemer

Pi Sigma Alpha 2023 new inductees together with their advisor Professor Davidson.

From left to right: Nickolas, Mika-Ann, Sam, Chloe, Abby, Amede, Morgan, Jordy, Sarah, Emily, Natisha, Hennry, Professor Davidson. Not pictured: Aleksandra, Logan, and Hannah.



Returning UMW Pi Sigma Alpha Members for 23-24

Morgan Reid Lewellen Joren (Jordy) Santana
Margaret (Margie) Baker Jones Michael Ludwig Everett
Jane Momoko Michael Chloe Jane Vanderhoof
Amede Karina-Plun Aleksandra Poletes
Logan Rowland Hennry Daniel Paredes
Natisha Bartlett Abigail (Abby) Virginia Tank
Nickolas Ian Remish Hannah Walker
Samuel (Sam) Creemer

Previous Years:

PSA 2022-2023 Executive Board

President: Maya Jenkins

Vice President: Liam Kiely

Treasurer: Jackson Davis


PSA 2021-2022 Executive Board

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


PSA 2019-2020 Executive Board

2019-2020 Pi Sigma Alpha Executive Board members together.


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


PSA 2018-2019 Executive Board

Pi Sigma Alpha 2018-2019 Executive Board members.


From Left to Right: Tess Darroch, Kyle Lehmann, John Cronin, and Julia Gibbons


PSA 2017-2018 Executive Board

Caroline Mullin together with Marina Castro-Meirelles.


Vice President Caroline Mullin with President Marina Castro-Meirelles


Spring 2017 Pi Sigma Alpha Inductees

2017 Pi Sigma Alpha inductees.