UM’s Political Science Honor Society Earns National Award

August 31, 2017

MISSOULA – The political science honor society at the University of Montana recently received a national award.

The Epsilon Mu chapter at UM received a Best Chapter Award for 2016-17 from Pi Sigma Alpha. It marks the second time in four years that the UM society has been recognized with a national award.

“Your chapter is a model for all others,” said Sean Twombly, executive director of the national Pi Sigma Alpha organization, in a letter to UM advisers announcing the award.

The award honors chapters that are particularly active and that exhibit high levels of energy and creativity in furthering honor society goals. Twenty-five chapters from universities with enrollments between 6,000 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.

“The competition in this category was particularly strong this year,” Twombly said.

Pi Sigma Alpha serves as the honorary society for undergraduate and graduate students studying political science. The goal of the organization is to engender civic engagement and political participation more broadly by hosting public speaker forums, job opportunities and campuswide Milkshake Mondays with political trivia.

“Our students are the key to success for future policymaking, and Pi Sigma Alpha provides an opportunity for our students to excel,” said Sara Rinfret, UM associate professor of political science and chapter adviser.

Contact: Sara Rinfret, associate professor, UM Department of Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha adviser,