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International Honor Society in Social Sciences
The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.

Dear Chapter Sponsors,

Thank you for your continued support of Pi Gamma Mu!  We would like to offer our support to you during your spring membership drive.  This is the most important time of the year for Pi Gamma Mu, and this year is especially critical.  In order to continue our 92 year tradition as a leader among honor societies, we rely on you to send in enough new members every year to help the society maintain its ability to serve its members and chapters through scholarships, lectureship grants, conventions, and more. 

If you have already sent in your new members this academic year, congratulations and thank you!  If you conducted a fall drive, would you consider conducting another membership drive this spring?  Chapters who do this often find that more eligible students will join the chapter, even if they passed up a previous invitation.

For those chapters who have not started their spring membership drive, now is the time!  If there is anything we can do to assist you, please contact us.  Commencement and summer break are just around the corner, so please support Pi Gamma Mu and recognize your deserving students with an invitation to join your chapter.  If you run out of membership forms, we would be happy to mail you more at any time.  We also have a printable form available on our website.  Some chapters prefer to attach this to an email invitation.  If you send Pi Gamma Mu invitations via email, we strongly recommend that you send reminder email invitations two or three times to increase the response rate.  We accept new members at any time of the year and look forward to helping your chapter grow.

This year we are continuing our Pi Gamma Mu Star program.  Chapters who increase their membership by 20% or more over the previous fiscal year will become a Star Chapter, will be listed on our website, newsletter, and journal, will receive a carbon copy of a thank you letter that will be sent to your university president, and will receive a wall plaque.  We have already seen a positive response to our request for your help.  In 2014-15 thirty chapters achieved this status!  View the list of Star Chapters using this link.  We hope that you will join these Star Chapters by offering the benefits of membership to more of your top students this year. 

We offer the following suggestions for increasing your chapter’s membership:

  • Invite ALL eligible students to join (eligibility requirements are available on our website),
    • Disciplines include history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, international relations, criminal justice, social work, psychology, social philosophy, history of education, human/cultural geography and other social science interdisciplinary areas such as women’s studies, international regional studies, communication and media studies, minority studies, business programs involving economics, education programs involving psychology, and more.
  • Ask the Registrar’s Office to provide you with a list of students that meet the requirements to join (see our constitution for complete requirements),
  • Remember that graduate students are eligible to join,
  • Remember that online students are eligible to join,
  • Invite faculty members to join (increase Pi Gamma Mu awareness on your campus while honoring your colleagues and increasing membership),
  • Make use of Pi Gamma Mu’s interdisciplinary nature and invite students to join from other departments,
  • Include modest chapter dues in order to keep costs as low as possible for students,
  • Promote the benefits of membership in your invitation:
    • Recognition for your high scholastic achievement,
    • Lifetime membership,
    • A handsome certificate worthy of framing,
    • A membership card,
    • A gold-plated keypin,
    • Access to the society’s online newsletter and peer-reviewed professional journal,
    • Possible advancement in Civil Service Rating and a related pay increase of thousands of dollars per year,
    • The opportunity to apply for Pi Gamma Mu scholarships,
    • The opportunity to wear Pi Gamma Mu honor cords at graduation,
    • The opportunity to present research at Pi Gamma Mu conventions, and more!

Please remember that we are here to help you.  If there is anything we can do to assist you with your chapter’s membership drive or any other matter, do not hesitate to contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Suzanne Rupp
Executive Director
Pi Gamma Mu
[email protected]



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