Pi Alpha Alpha

A National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration

By Curtlyn Kramer, EPPS Freshman

Honor societies have a rich tradition as a part of the collegiate academic experience. As the name implies, they provide distinguished and highly qualified students with a way to network and form a community with other successful students and academics in their field. At UT Dallas, students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in public affairs have the opportunity to join Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.

Before students can be accepted into this elite society, there is a rigorous set of requirements that they must meet, designed to establish and maintain a community of students of the highest caliber. Once accepted into Pi Alpha Alpha, however, members are rewarded for their achievement in a number of ways.

In addition to being able to list Pi Alpha Alpha membership on their CV, members receive a certificate noting their achievements as a distinguished academic and member of a national honor society. Members are also able to participate in a variety of lectures and workshops hosted by Pi Alpha Alpha, including writing workshops that teach skills valuable to public affairs and administration careers, as well as seminars delivered by distinguished speakers on relevant topics within the field. Pi Alpha Alpha members also participate in community service and development projects, such as the recent Holiday Food Drive in support of the Comet Cupboard.

For more information on membership criteria or to apply for admission, please contact the UT Dallas chapter faculty advisor Dr. Meghna Sabharwal at meghna.sabharwal@utdallas.edu.