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The National Political Science Honor Society
     at Seattle Pacific University
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Founded in 1920 at the University of Texas, Pi Sigma Alpha is the only national honor society established for undergraduate and graduate students of political science.  The purpose Pi Sigma Alpha is to recognize and promote high academic achievement in the political science discipline.  It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and adheres to all the standards set by ACHS for an upper-division, specialized honor society.  There are now nearly 800 chapters established in colleges and universities in the United States, with other chapters abroad.

All Pi Sigma Alpha members receive a certificate of membership and pin, and permanent enrollment in the society's membership rolls maintained by the National Office.  Members inducted into the Alpha Kappa Xi chapter of the Seattle Pacific University School of Business, Government, and Economics are also listed in our local chapter honor roll. 

Upon request, the National Office will provide letters verifying membership to prospective employers or graduate schools.  As a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the United States Office of Personnel Management guarantees a higher entry-level grade to Pi Sigma Alpha members entering government service.  Members are entitled to wear the Pi Sigma Alpha key at any time, or the medallion with cap and gown at graduation and on other official occasions. 

It is the tradition of the Alpha Kappa Xi chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha at SPU that graduating seniors wear the graduation medallion rather than the PSA honor cords at Ivy Cutting and Commencement.

Membership is open to junior and senior students who have demonstrated success in their political science studies. The Alpha Kappa Xi chapter at SPU has established these membership requirements.
  • Junior or senior status (minimum of 90 quarter credits completed).
  • Achievement of a minimum 3.50 overall grade point average from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Completion of at least 15 quarter-hour credits in political science coursework at SPU.
  • Achievement of a minimum 3.50 grade point average in political science coursework.
  • Both Political Science and Global Development Studies students who have met these requirements are eligible for membership.
Membership invitations are sent via SPU email to students in April each year.  Dr. Caleb Henry is the Chapter Advisor of our Alpha Kappa Xi chapter.

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Charter Class
Inducted May 19, 2016

Brevin Allen

Anderson Andrew

Robert Bell

Cassandra Daniella Calderón

Savannah Camille Carlson

Briana Celeste Chui

Carson Coates

Alexis Collins

Summer Danielle Downs

Daniel Dyer

Adrienne Marie Elliott 

Damme K. Getachew

Teresa C. Harmon

Dominic Ryan Heiden


Timothy Joseph Jan
Kā´eo-Pu´uwai Castelli Kealoha-Lindsey
Mara Kramer
Katherine Lewis
Sarah Martin
Danielle Lee Meier
McClintock J. Ludtka Miller        
Tatsuro Suzuki Nakajima
Kyle William Nelson
Alyssa Ortiz
Anne Elizabeth Philpot
Jared Schneider
McKenzie Schneider

 Andy So
Samuel Caleb Stumberg
Araceli Tovar
Kelsey Hanna Tuohy
Jaren Walker
Rachel Lee Weeks
Zachary Zellmer

Dr. Katya Drozdova

Previously inducted into
Pi Sigma Alpha

Dr. Ruth Ediger
Dr. Caleb Henry
Dr. Bradley Murg

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Class of 2017
Inducted May 18, 2017

 Helena Ann
J-J Aylyng
Celene Haque
Deanna Hines
Deanna Isbell
Anastasia Kharitonova
Savannah LaFlamme
Kelsey Lucido
Collin Markstrom
David McCordic
Caroline Metsker
Emma Naden-Johns
Andrew Nelson
Sydney Parker
Jessica Paterson
Addy Pratt
 Class of 2018
Inducted May 17, 2018
Ashley Barnett
Hallie Browne
Danielle Dimalanta-Kim
Gabrielle Hamlin
Brandi Henry
Abigail Jensen
Abram Johnson
Chris Langston
Madisynn McCombs
Elmari Parks
Kaylie Pattni
Carly Pena
Alia Petersen
Jessica Sloan
Brittany Tollenaar

Reed M. Davis, Ph.D.

Class of 2019
Inducted May 16, 2019
Tinley Bikos
Alyssa Henderson
Sedona McNerney
Joselyn Molina
Samuel Scott
Chea-Mun Tan
Weiran Tian
Teresa Tsang
Lachin Veisalov
Lauren Wolf
Emma Young
Centennial Class
Class of 2020
Inducted May 26, 2020

Erin Akamine
Cambria Babbitt
Emily Geringer
Aliyah Hammond
Cade Huston
Caitlin Johnson
Lincoln Keller
Rachel Peters
Eirene Smith
Elizabeth Vaccaro
Hannah Waterman

Class of 2021
Inducted May 27, 2021

Rajan Deol
Amy Frederick
Erin O'Donnell Gould
Grace Kelly
Rachel Lilly
Kolbe J. Logan
Ashley Orre
Junia E. Paulus
Ethan Sager
Dominique Shipman
Katelyn Sugino
Samantha Andrea Swayze
Isabel Faith Walker
Esteban Zenteno

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