Last month Rice University’s Political Science Department inducted 19 students into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. The induction ceremony featured a keynote address by former U.S. Sen. and Saudi Arabia Ambassador Wyche Fowler, who teaches a course at Rice on the U.S. Congress.
Pi Sigma Alpha is the only recognized college honor society in political science and one of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies. To be eligible for membership, Rice students must have over 60 credit hours and an overall GPA of at least 3.75. In addition, students must have at least 10 credit hours in political science with at least one upper-level course. Since its founding in 2008, Rice’s Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter has had more than 100 members.
The chapter is advised by Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, the Albert Thomas Associate Professor of Political Science, and is also supported by a faculty advisory committee.