Stony Brook University’s Eta Theta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, has been awarded a Best Chapter Award for 2022-2023. In addition, the chapter’s faculty advisor, Jason Rose, a lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Political Science, received the Best Advisor Award and recent graduate Mary Brantley won the Pi Sigma Alpha Penniman Scholarship Award for Graduate Study, which will be used for her studies in Stony Brook’s Political Science Masters of Public Policy program.
This award recognizes local chapters that are particularly active in their institutions and communities and embody Pi Sigma Alpha’s mission to stimulate scholarship and intellectual interest in political science. Rose provides extraordinary leadership and dedication to the student members, and the chapter’s student officers — Jordyn Christophides, Aisha Khwaja, Alec Waldman and James Lopez-Perez — have been crucial to the group’s great success.
“I am so honored by this award, but the credit also belongs to our department chair, Leonie Huddy, who has supported and prioritized student activities and our Pi Sigma Alpha honor society chapter,” said Rose. “Of course, I also must acknowledge our PHENOMENAL political science students who are passionately involved and engaged! They are the reason why our Political Science department is so dynamic and thriving and why Pi Sigma Alpha is so active on campus!”
The chapter holds a variety of activities throughout the year, including several Republican and Democrat “meet the candidate nights,” hosting guest speakers in international relations, providing information for students interested in government internships, conducting research paper writing workshops, and much more.
The Eta Theta chapter will be awarded, along with three other chapters from institutions similar in size, out of more than 850 Pi Sigma Alpha chapters. The Eta Theta chapter was recognized for their achievements in developing activities that support student career development, especially given the significant challenges that faculty and students continue to face post-COVID.
The award includes a cash prize of $500 for the chapter, as well as an additional $200 to the advisor for their service. In addition, winners will be announced across on Pi Sigma Alpha’s digital platforms and will be featured in the American Political Science Association’s magazine, Political Science Today.