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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.

CHAPTERS IN ACTION - West Virginia Iota

APUThe West Virginia Iota Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu at the American Military University and American Public University held a couple of service projects last year that had some wonderful results!
During the annual meeting in June, 2015, Shaun Thomas and Marvin Jones donated books during our book drive. The book drive was in support of the Bethany House and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Soft cover books were donated to the VA for recovering service members and hard cover books were donated to the Bethany House – a women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence. Their donations helped victims of domestic violence and service members during their recovery.


ReinhardtOne chapter simply should not have so much fun in a single year.  The Georgia Rho chapter is getting ready to welcome new members at our third induction as we top off our busiest year yet.  Making the final plans for the ceremony, I had the chance to reflect on what I have learned as we have developed the Georgia Rho chapter.   When I first applied to form a new chapter at Reinhardt University, I was nervous about being a new sponsor and what it would take to build a successful chapter – especially at a small college.  I suppose that I enjoy creating “firsts”.  

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ISSRPlease keep an eye out for the next issue of the International Social Science Review, slated to go live in mid-April.  The journal, which has been in continuous publication since 1925, is accessible without a subscription at
https://issr.ungjournals.org/. If you are interested in submitting an article, I encourage you to do so!  Please see the guidelines for submission at www.pigammamu.org/international-social-science-review.html

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.

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ACHSSusan Kinsella, First Vice President of the International Board of Trustees of Pi Gamma Mu and Chair of the Department of Human Services at Saint Leo University, attended the Association of College Honor Societies Annual Council Meeting in Savannah, Georgia last month.  The ACHS is the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.  The ACHS sets standards for organizational excellence and for scholastic eligibility for the various categories of members.  Pi Gamma Mu has been a member of the ACHS since 1953.

LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. In Washington DC.

Are you still deciding what to do this summer?  It’s not too late to spend 8 weeks in Washington, DC completing an internship, earning credit, and expanding your professional network.

The Presidential campaign of 2016 makes this summer a particularly exciting time for students to go to Washington, DC.

Application Deadline Extended

June 4 – July 29
Extended Deadline: April 6, 2016
**Scholarship Funding Available**

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Increase your chapter’s number of new initiates by 20% or more as compared to the previous academic year and receive special recognition including:

  1. A “Pi Gamma Mu Star” wall plaque,
  2. a letter to your college or university president,
  3. recognition in the Pi Gamma Mu Newsletter,
  4. recognition on the Pi Gamma Mu website,
  5. and recognition in our professional journal, the International Social Science Review
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PGM MerchandiseWe are excited to announce that new Pi Gamma Mu merchandise is now available on our merchandise webpage.   Our exclusive merchandise not only gives you the opportunity to proudly display your achievement and affiliation with the society, but merchandise purchases also support the activities of Pi Gamma Mu and help us finance our programs and awards.


Pi Gamma Mu is seeking to charter new chapters at colleges and universities around the globe and we need your help.  Please share your Pi Gamma Mu success story with students and faculty at four-year colleges and universities who are not currently housing a chapter of the society and encourage them to get started.  Our website is a great resource to share and Pi Gamma Mu staff are always available to help.   There is no cost to the university to host a chapter of the society and there are many benefits of membership. 

For a list of currently active chapters visit

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FacebookHere at Pi Gamma Mu, we see social media as another way for us to carry out our mission to encourage scholarship and to foster cooperation and service among our members.  Now you can connect with us and other members and supporters of Pi Gamma Mu on the social networking sites you like to use.  We welcome your comments, posts, and photos of chapter activities.  Be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and connect with us on LinkedIn to see announcements, opportunities, and deadlines (such as the scholarship application deadline). Keep your eye out for updates on the Triennial International Convention in November 2017.


The Pi Gamma Mu scholarship medal is a time-honored tradition of the society.  This award has been in use since the early days of the organization.  Once a year chapters have the privilege of awarding one medal to a person who has distinguished him/herself in the social sciences.  It has usually been given to an outstanding student as a prize for scholarship and/or service.  However, it may also go to some other person deserving recognition in this field or to a faculty officer of a Pi Gamma Mu chapter.

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KansasMark your calendars!  Plans are coming together for our next Triennial International Convention.  Join us in Kansas City on November 2-4, 2017!  Our hotel, the Marriott Kansas City – Country Club Plaza puts you in the heart of Kansas City’s world famous Country Club Plaza, the Midwest’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment district.  Situated between two distinguished art museums, The Nelson Art Gallery and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Marriott is an ideal location to get together to celebrate Pi Gamma Mu’s rich history. 


Honor SocietyPi Gamma Mu is one of 66 members of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), which is the authority on standards and definitions for the honor society movement. ACHS has stepped up efforts to alert the higher education community to the standards of traditional honor societies. In contrast, some new so-called honor societies exist only online and allow self-nomination, accepting fees with no questions asked. If in doubt about an organization, you can check out the ACHS website (www.achshonor.org) for the list of honor societies that are members.

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DonatePi Gamma Mu is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation and is able to accept tax-deductible donations.  If you would like to make a donation to our organization in honor / memory of a professor, sponsor, loved one or friend, or to support our scholarship program, you are encouraged to do so.  Pi Gamma Mu gives 11 scholarships to students going into a graduate program in social science each year.

We are excited to announce that we are now gratefully accepting donations of any size via the internet.  Simply go to our website and click on the Donate Now! button from any page.  This will take you to the Online Donation Form.  Online payment is by major credit card or PayPal account.  Transactions are handled securely at the payment processor site.  Pi Gamma Mu does not receive your sensitive financial data.


Pi Gamma Mu communicates with its lifetime members via email. Anytime your email address changes, such as after graduation or when you change jobs, please please notify the Pi Gamma Mu office immediately.  This will prevent your emails from being interrupted or discontinued.  Simply email your new email address to [email protected] or go to our Web site (www.pigammamu.org) to change your address information.   We will need both your old email address and your new email address to update our records. Thank you very much for taking a few minutes to keep your information current.

When you graduate, please give us a new E-mail address if you have been using your college address to receive your Pi Gamma Mu Newsletter. At some point (each college is different), your college E-mail address will be eliminated and you will no longer receive the newsletter or other information from Pi Gamma Mu.

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Telephone: (620) 221-3128

Email addresses:

Suzanne Rupp, Psy.D., Executive Director: [email protected]
Beth Biddle, Associate Director for Chapter Services: [email protected]
Danae Stutt, Chapter Development Officer: [email protected]


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