Our mission is to encourage and promote excellence in the Social Sciences and to uphold and nurture scholarship, leadership, and service.
Pi Gamma Mu is the oldest and preeminent honor society in the social sciences. Our mission is to encourage and recognize superior scholarship in social science disciplines and to foster cooperation and social service among its members. Pi Gamma Mu serves the various social science disciplines which seek to understand and explain human behavior and social relationships as well as their related problems and issues. Currently, there are around 150 active chapters in the United States and overseas.
Pi Gamma Mu's constitution defines the social sciences to include the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, international relations, criminal justice, social work, social philosophy, history of education, and cultural/human geography. Membership is also extended to interdisciplinary social science areas that build on the core social science disciplines, such as business and society, education, minority studies, public administration, international studies, public finance, leadership studies, consumer behavior, public policy and organizational behavior.
The 2017 Pi Gamma Mu Triennial International Convention was one of the most dynamic to date with a spectacular program including student paper presentations, a new Leadership Development Program including special workshops and a decision-making simulation at the Truman Presidential Library, a Chapter Development Showcase including poster presentations by some of Pi Gamma Mu's most active chapters, a keynote address, a welcome reception, an awards banquet, roundtable and panel discussions, student elections, and more!
Following a lengthy development and review process that spanned several years, Pi Gamma Mu adopted an updated Constitution and Bylaws at its 2017 Triennial International Convention in Kansas City, MO in November. Several face-to-face meetings of the Board of Trustees and dozens of telephone meetings resulted in the new documents that will help guide the Society into the future. Chapters voted to approve the changes by returning ballots they received in the mail.
Review the Constitution and Bylaws on our website.
The 2020 Triennial International Convention is sure to be one of the best yet with a spectacular program including student paper presentations (oral presentations and poster sessions), a Leadership Development Program including guest speakers and workshops, a Chapter Development Showcase including poster presentations by some of Pi Gamma Mu's most active chapters, a keynote address, a welcome reception, an awards ceremony, roundtable discussions, student elections, and more.
The convention will be held in the fall of 2020. The date and location will be announced soon.
Pi Gamma Mu is seeking to charter new chapters at colleges and universities around the globe. Call 620-221-3128 or email [email protected] to learn more. There is no cost to the university to host a chapter of the society and there are many benefits of membership. Members are eligible to apply for one of eleven annual scholarships, present research papers at international and regional conventions, submit articles for publication in our peer-reviewed professional journal, and those interested in federal jobs have the possibility for advancement in government service rating. Pi Gamma Mu is interdisciplinary in nature, allowing chapter sponsors and members to expand their professional networks by working collaboratively with society members from various fields of study. Each chapter is eligible to apply for up to $300 in lectureship grants annually. Each chapter must have one or more faculty sponsors at the university. Contact us to learn more today!
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The International Social Science Review (ISSR) will be published not twice—but thrice!— beginning in 2017. We have been receiving such a high volume of quality research papers that the Board of Trustees of Pi Gamma Mu has authorized a third issue of the journal annually. So please keep an eye out for a Spring, Fall, and Winter issue!
Pi Gamma Mu's commitment to scholarship in the social sciences is manifested most tangibly through the publication of our peer-reviewed journal. Each edition of the ISSR contains several peer-reviewed articles and book reviews, which are written by scholars and carefully polished for publication by the book-review editor and the editor-in-chief, Dr. Candice Quinn. In order to help increase the accessibility of the journal, it was transitioned from a print version to an online format in 2014. No subscription is required and the journal often contains articles and book reviews written by Pi Gamma Mu members and faculty chapter sponsors. More information about the journal is available on the International Social Science Review page. Explore the journal online at https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/issr/ or type "International Social Science Review" into any search engine.
Each year Pi Gamma Mu awards up to 11 scholarships for $1000 and $2000 to outstanding members. These scholarships are intended for the first or second year of graduate work in the social sciences.
Time was when groups and organizations elected historians to keep track of and record their activities and achievements. HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE HISTORY AND TRADITIONS OF YOUR PI GAMMA MU CHAPTER? Some chapters have traditions that span the whole 85 years of the organization's existence while others have only been recently chartered. But whether yours is an older chapter or a recent one, preserving and recording for posterity that history and those traditions is important.
Pi Gammu Mu has started a nationwide drive to reactivate lapsed or inactive chapters. To reactivate your chapter, simply click here and fill out this simple online form to start the process. There is no charge for this service and we will immediately begin processing your chapter's reactivation.