UM’s Political Science Honor Society Earns National Award

July 31, 2018

MISSOULA – The political science honor society at the University of Montana recently received a national award for the second year in a row. The Epsilon Mu chapter won Best Chapter Award for 2017-18 from Pi Sigma Alpha.

“These awards are intended to recognize local chapters that are particularly active in their departments and universities and exhibit high levels of energy and creativity in furthering the goals of the honor society,” said Sean Twombly, executive director of the national Pi Sigma Alpha organization, in a letter to UM’s chapter adviser announcing the award.

Twenty-five chapters from universities with enrollments between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduate students submitted reports to be considered for the award. Eight finalists were selected, and the UM chapter was one of four to receive the Best Chapter Award.

Pi Sigma Alpha serves as the honorary society for political science undergraduate and graduate students. The goal of the organization is to engender civic engagement and political participation more broadly by hosting public speaker forums and campuswide Milkshake Mondays with political trivia. Epsilon Mu has won a variety of grants and received the Best Chapter Award 10 times from Pi Sigma Alpha’s national office.

“Our students are truly remarkable and committed public servants,” said Sara Rinfret, Pi Sigma Alpha adviser. “It was an honor to work with them and all the credit is theirs.”

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Contact: Sara Rinfret, UM Master of Public Administration director, Pi Sigma Alpha adviser, 406-243-4702,