EPPS Student Organizations

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is the only Criminal Justice Honor Society that is a certified member of The Association of College Honor Societies and affiliated with The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. The Mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote analytical thinking, rigorous scholarship and lifelong learning; to keep abreast of advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training. By recognizing the academic excellence of undergraduate, graduate, and law school students, Alpha Phi Sigma seeks to honor and promote academic excellence; community service; educational leadership and unity.

Advisor : Elmer Polk

Geospatial Information Sciences Student Organization

The GISSO Student Organization is dedicated to the promotion of scientific knowledge in the various disciplines of geography and remote sensing including but not limited to: mapping, spatial information management, and the related sciences. This organization fosters understanding and cooperation and expedites the exchange of knowledge and ideas among the members and with those of other national and international organizations with similar or related interests. One of GISSO’s signature events is GIS Day. Started in 1999, GIS Day is an international event that has been celebrated by GISSO on the UT Dallas campus for the past 4 years. Presentations follow a specific theme that GIS scholars discuss with students in order to raise awareness of the benefits GIS can provide.

Advisor : Bryan Chastain

International Political Economy Student Association

IPESA is made up of a group of diverse IPE and non-IPE students at UT Dallas who are passionate about making the world a better place in fields such as international relations, development, politics, business and education. IPESA grants members access to academic resources such as class ratings, scholarship information, advice regarding graduate schools, and Professor of the Month interviews. IPESA also occasionally hosts information sessions with employers and providers of internships, and members often discuss current events concerning international political economy.

Advisors : Clint Peinhardt and Jonas Bunte

John Marshall Pre-Law Society

The John Marshall Pre-Law Society promotes a greater understanding of the legal profession, the law, and government operation; assists its members in the processes of entering the legal profession; and encourages academic excellence and leadership among UT Dallas pre-law students. The John Marshall Pre-Law Society hosts frequent events with law school representatives, practicing attorneys, and other important figures in the legal profession. The organization also has a new study lounge in Founders Hall that it shares with pre-health students. At the end of each year, the organization awards a scholarship to one student who has displayed academic excellence as a pre-law student. Membership in the John Marshall Pre-Law Society requires a one-time payment of $20, but all UT Dallas students are free to attend speaker events.

Advisor : Anthony Champagne

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Omicron Delta Epsilon is one of the world's largest academic honor societies. The organization recognizes students' academic achievement in the field of economics and establishes strong ties between the students and faculty at UT Dallas. Omicron Delta Epsilon has 681 chapters across the globe. Members have the opportunity to enjoy international recognition of scholastic achievement in economics, a publication outlet in The American Economist journal, and eligibility to compete for international awards within the organization.

Advisor : Luba Ketsler

Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society for the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. The organization encourages and recognizes outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration; promotes the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public affairs and administration; and fosters integrity, professionalism and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities. Members of Pi Alpha Alpha have the opportunity to compete for national scholarships and awards on an individual and chapter-wide basis. In particular, UT Dallas’s chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha won the national award for Best Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Advisor : John McCaskill

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. The organization seeks to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science. Pi Sigma Alpha members can benefit from events and programs organized at a national level that promote the profession of political science. Pi Sigma Alpha is designated as a "Specialized, Upper-Division" society by the Association of College Honor Societies and PSA seeks to enhance students' understanding of the field and various opportunities.

Advisor : Patrick Brandt

Sociology Club

The Sociology Club at UT Dallas is a way for sociology students to be heard. The organization offers students the opportunity to discuss and question the state of society’s institutions; inequality among races, classes, and genders; structural barriers and systems in healthcare, education, and religion; and social policy and how it affects society. The Sociology Club organizes service events, hosts panels and presentations, and holds social events such as movie nights. Membership costs only $5 per year, and all events are free to attend for all UT Dallas students.

Advisor : Nicholas Vargas

Student Government

The mission of the Student Government is to ensure that The University of Texas at Dallas is fully committed to serving the collective interests of the student body. In this capacity Student Government serves as the official student voice to UT Dallas administration, the UT System Board of Regents, and other governmental entities. Student Government seeks to enhance spirit, protect university traditions, and support all students and student organizations in their academic and community-directed endeavors. Student Government also encourages students to participate in local, state, and federal elections and hosts an annual Know Your Rights Day in coordination with other UT Dallas student organizations.

Advisor : Briana Lemos