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 known historians, field trips to historic sites, "bad movie nights," 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 last co-hosted this meeting in 2006.
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2013 Phi Alpha Theta Pacific Northwest Regional Conference,
April 6-8, 2017. ISU students will present their research in Spokane, Washington at the nation's largest student history conference. Six members of the ISU Chi Rho chapter will participate: Kristine Hunt, Jessica Donnelly, Eric Bond, Dalton Wray, Melissa Danielson, and Matt Bingman.
The Phi Alpha Theta History Club hosted the Intermountain West History Conference in October 2016. Students from colleges in Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, and Utah all participated.
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:
- have completed 12 credits in history;
- have a 3.1 g.p.a. in history classes;
- have a 3.0 g.p.a. overall;
- rank in the top 35 percent of their class.
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 the faculty advisor:
Professor Kevin Marsh. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in learning more about the society in general please contact:
National Office of Phi Alpha Theta.