Programs For Students and Chapters

 

Pi Sigma Alpha seeks to promote excellence in the study of political science through a variety of programs for student members and local chapters. As Pi Sigma Alpha continues to grow and prosper, the scope of programs for chapters and members may be expanded in the future to include bigger awards and/or more awards in each category.

Chapter Activity Grants

For more than fifty years this has been the primary means for the National Office to support creative programming by Pi Sigma Alpha chapters.   The annual deadline for proposals is October 31. The submission process opens September 1 annually. Learn More.

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National Student Conference

Established in 2014, this event is designed to provide Pi Sigma Alpha members the opportunity to present original research in a professional conference setting. The event takes place over President's Day Weekend in February.  Learn More.

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Penniman Graduate Scholarship

Howard Penniman Scholarships for Graduate Study are awarded annually to up to 5 members entering graduate school in political science. Nominations must come from the chapter advisors, accompanied by an official application. The nomination deadline has been extended to June 1, and the winners will be announced by mid July. Each scholarship is $2,000. Learn  More.

 

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McManus Washington Internship Scholarship

Pi Sigma Alpha awards four McManus Washington Internship Scholarships annually to members participating in political science internship programs in Washington, DC, for either the summer term or fall semester. Each scholarship is $2,000. The nomination deadline has been extended to June 1, and the winners will be announced by mid July. Learn More.

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Best Class Paper Award

Each chapter advisor may nominate one per year in each category. Only Pi Sigma Alpha members are eligible to participate. Nominations are due on June 1; winners are announced by August 15. The cash awards are $250 for each first-place winner and $100 each for runners-up.

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Best Chapter Awards

Best Chapter Awards are cash awards of $500 to up to three chapters in each of four college enrollment categories. The winning chapters may use the prizes for any activity they wish. The selection is based on chapters' annual reports to the National Office, and other evidence of extraordinary levels of activity. Advisors to the winner chapters receive an additional cash prize of $200 for their service.

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Best Thesis Award

Each chapter advisor may nominate one per year in each category. Only Pi Sigma Alpha members are eligible to participate. Nominations are due on June 1; winners are announced by August 15. The cash awards are $250 for each first-place winner and $100 each for runners-up.

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James Lengle Advisor Recognition Award

Pi Sigma Alpha Faculty Chapter Advisors are the life blood of the organization. Each year the national office recognizes one or two advisors for their service and leadership.  There is a cash prize of $1000.  There is no formal nomination process.  In 2015, on the occasion of his retirement as Executive Director, the Executive Council voted to rename the Advisor Recognition Award in James Lengle's honor.

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