Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society

Spring 2022 Pi Sigma Alpha Conference April 20th 11am to 1pm 

If you would like to participate, please send your name, paper title, and a brief 4-5-sentence abstract by March 16th to  forestie@umbc.edu. Also, please reach out if you have any questions. 

Conference presenters usually present research that they have done in a class or independent study of some kind as a poster that they display to their visitors on an easel. Normally, visitors study the poster for a few minutes and then interact with you about your work. It’s a wonderful opportunity for you to disseminate your work to a larger audience and to talk about your ideas.
Attached are a few photos from previous conferences to give you an idea of what it would look like, in addition to two actual posters that were presented by two students who graduated a few years ago. The funding we received will cover the costs associated with your participation in the conference, including the printing and mounting of your poster on a poster board and lunch.


Please consider participating if you have a strong paper from a class or other research experience that you would like to present! It’s a wonderful experience for everyone – for presenters and visitors alike.


Pi Sigma Alpha is the only national honor society for students of Political Science in the United States. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). There are now over 700 chapters of Pi Sigma Alpha located on college and university campuses in every state and in Canada.

At present the main activity of the society is to apply for an activity grant from the national organization to host our Department’s undergraduate research conference each April. Other activities can be planned, however, at the discretion of the group, so please apply if you are interested.

To become a member, an undergraduate student must have:

Completed 12 credits in Political Science, including 6 credits at the 300 or 400 level
An overall GPA of at least 3.1 for juniors and 3.2 for seniors
A Political Science GPA of at least 3.1 for juniors and 3.2 for seniors
Applications are available from the department office and are typically due in the fall of your junior or senior year.

Contact Dr. Carolyn Forestiere


Check out our past presenters!