History Department

Phi Alpha Theta





Phi Alpha Theta

ISU's Chi Rho chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, recognizes students for their academic achievements and organizes a variety of programs that extend the study of history outside the classroom. In recent years, student members have sponsored a variety of activities including public lectures by nationally significant historians, a field trips to historic sites, "bad movie nights" discussions, presentations by alumni on career options in history, and several book sales. Each year the chapter sponsors members to present their research papers at the Phi Alpha Theta Pacific Northwest Regional Conference, the nation's largest student history conference. ISU co-hosted this meeting in 2006.

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2013 Phi Alpha Theta Pacific Northwest Regional Conference, April 4-6, 2013. ISU students presented their research in Portland, Oregon at the nation's largest student history conference. The ISU Chi Rho chapter sent 6 students: Amanda Preston, Lori Barber, Dr. Justin Dolan Stover-Advisor, John Larsen, Justin Vipperman (P.A.T. President) - and in the bottom photo: Lynette Morgan and Laura Gleason.

The 2012 Phi Alpha Theta Pacific Northwest Regional Conference was held April 12-14, 2012 in Spokane Washington. The ISU Chi Rho chapter sent 5 students, Marty Sabin, Amanda Preston, Scott Pearson, Lori Barber, and Justin Vipperman, along with Dr. Erika Kuhlman to the conference.

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History of Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta -- the National Honor Society in History -- was established at the University of Arkansas in 1921. Our local chapter -- Chi Rho -- dates from 1976.

Phi Alpha Theta seeks to promote the study of history by encouraging research and publication, good teaching, and an exchange of ideas among faculty and students. The Society has a biennial national meeting, publishes a journal, The Historian, and sponsors annual regional conferences.

Students are encouraged to join Phi Alpha Theta and to submit their research papers (most often written for HIST 491) for consideration to present at the spring conference. Participation is an excellent opportunity for a variety of career choices, and it's great fun! Phi Alpha Theta also offers professional experience, career development, scholarships, and awards.

Membership in the society is open to students who:

Applications with payment are due by October 1 for fall semester and April 1 for spring semester. The fee is $45, and provides a lifetime membership and a one-year subscription to The Historian. There is no application form. Simply contact one of the faculty advisors.

For information on the local chapter, please contact one of the faculty advisors:
Dr. Justin Dolan Stover,
Dr. Paul Sivitz, or
Dr. Kevin Marsh (History Chair).

If you are interested in learning more about the society in general please contact:
National Office of Phi Alpha Theta.


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